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Nick Watney completed 36 holes of the Quicken Loans National in even-par 70-72=142, missing the cut by two strokes.

Playing alongside Tiger Woods as Watney did for the first two rounds can have its drawbacks, but the 2011 champion has struggled putting four rounds together for several months, so it's impossible to know if the grouping (that also included Bill Haas) was a distraction. Watney split 18 (of 28) fairways and hit 25 greens in regulation but traded seven birdies with seven bogeys. Other notables who missed the cut include: 141--Fabian Gomez; Gary Woodland; Daniel Summerhays; Scott Pinckney; Martin Laird; Andy Sullivan ... 142--Sangmoon Bae; Sean O'Hair; Johnson Wagner; Stewart Cink ... 143--Scott Brown ... 145--John Senden ... 146--Chris Stroud; Stephen Gallacher ... 147--Daniel Berger.
Jul 31 - 7:10 PM

Overnight co-leader Ryo Ishikawa walked off his second round of the Quicken Loans National in style, burying a birdie try from 31 feet to score 3-under-par 36-32=68 and post 11-under 131 at the midpoint, good for outright possession of the lead.

Ishikawa closed with three consecutive birdies, in fact. His penultimate rolled 12'10" at the par-4 17th hole. He collected seven birdies on the day, including respective conversions from 20'3" and 10'5" at Nos. 1 and 6 to help offset four bogeys, including a pair of three-putts. At last check, he co-led the field in eagles (one; the hole-in-one in the opener) and birdies (13) and leads in putts per greens in regulation (1.552). The Bashful Prince also ranks inside the top 10 in both strokes-gained stats. He's piped 19 (of 28) fairways and hit 29 GIR. Ishikawa will be gunning for his first PGA TOUR title this weekend in his 116th start. He's one stroke clear of Kevin Chappell and Rickie Fowler.
Jul 31 - 6:44 PM

Kevin Chappell carded a 3-under-par 33-35=68 in today's second round of the Quicken Loans National to post 10-under 132 at the midpoint.

At the time he signed his card, he held a share of the 36-hole clubhouse lead with Rickie Fowler, but Ryo Ishikawa has since gone one lower. On the day, Chappell found 12 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation. He failed to salvage par twice and squared two bogeys, but answered with five birdies, the longest stretching 18'5" at the par-4 third hole. At last check, he led the field in strokes gained: tee-to-green at 7.082.
Jul 31 - 6:29 PM

Danny Lee enjoyed his opening 67 at the Quicken Loans National so much that he hung up another in today's second round.

Today's stroll around Robert Trent Jones Golf Club featured respective nines of 32 and 35. He went 2-for-2 in scrambling but couldn't avoid squaring a 5 at the par-4 12th hole, three-putting from just outside 63 feet. However, Lee more than compensated with five birdies, including a pair from 12-14 feet. But his last conversion may have been the most important. After finding a greenside bunker on approach at the par-4 18th, he'd eventually salvage par from 11'1". At 8-under 134, the recent winner at Greenbrier is 8-under 134, just two shots off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Jul 31 - 6:09 PM

Rickie Fowler walked off a 6-under-par 35-30=65 in today's second round of the Quicken Loans National with three birdies to steal sole possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead at 10-under 132.

The closing ace on Thursday was more dramatic, but he gets to claim both conclusions. Today at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, Fowler hit 15 greens in regulation and totaled seven birdies to hide a sloppy 6 at the par-5 eighth hole. All of his longest conversions yielded circles, measuring 37'7", 12'7" and 27'1" at the 13th, 16th and 18th holes, respectively. Both of his strokes-gained stats sat north of 2.300 for the round at last check, and he ranked inside the top 20 in both, proving that he's firing on all cylinders on the largely unknown track in Gainesville, Virginia. The 26-year-old will enter the weekend in pursuit of his third title worldwide in his last seven starts.
Jul 31 - 5:58 PM

Overnight co-leader Retief Goosen settled for a 2-over-par 36-37=73 in today's second round of the Quicken Loans National and posted 6-under 136 at the halfway point, three swings in arrears of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

He looked great at the start, connecting from 11'11" for birdie at the par-4 10th hole, but it would be his only notable conversion of the round. Goosen picked off only one more birdie and squared a quartet of bogey-5s, seriously disappointing given he landed 13 greens in regulation. But every tournament is a marathon, so he still has plenty of time to find another groove.
Jul 31 - 5:47 PM

Jason Bohn backed up his opening 67 at the Quicken Loans National with another in today's second round.

He submitted respective nines of 32 and 35 at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club today. Bohn went just 2-for-4 in scrambling with two bogeys, but he poured in six birdies, including four from outside 11 feet. The most notables taped off at 20'9" at the par-4 15th hole and 21'11" at the par-5 eighth. He added a par save from 12-and-a-half feet at the par-3 16th. At last check, his strokes gained: putting for the day measured 3.962; he ranked second in the field with an aggregate clip of 5.342. Best of all, he's just one strokes behind 36-hole clubhouse leader David Lingmerth.
Jul 31 - 5:43 PM

Alex Noren did not commit to next week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

Noren joins Rory McIlroy (ankle) and Chris Kirk (hand) among the eligible taking a pass. The Swede qualified when he won the Nordea Masters in early June, but he hasn't pegged it anywhere since missing the cut at the U.S. Open in what is his only start since the win. Noren also withdrew early from The Open Championship, but details as to why have not surfaced.
Jul 31 - 5:38 PM

Billy Hurley III added a 1-under-par 38-32=70 in today's second round of the Quicken Loans National to post 2-under 140 at the midpoint, low enough to make the cut.

Hurley III's ball-striking guided him to both red numbers at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club thus far. He split 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation today en route to three birdies against two bogeys. His longest conversion ran 15'3" at the par-4 13th hole. In better news, BH3's father has been found. This is the entire press release from the Police Department in Leesburg, Virginia, where a missing person report was filed: "Willard (Bill) Hurley was located safe and sound this afternoon in Texas after a citizen recognized him from earlier media releases. The citizen contacted the local police department who responded to confirm his identity. Mr. Hurley left his residence in Leesburg on Sunday July 19, 2015 and was reported as missing by his family on Monday July 27, 2015. Mr. Hurley stated to our Detective that he is fine physically and is simply travelling. Mr. Hurley did not wish to reveal the reasons behind his departure."

Brice Garnett fashioned a 6-under-par 30-35=65 in today's second round of the Quicken Loans National and reached the halfway point in 8-under 134, one stroke off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

He's outside the top 135 in both FedExCup points and earnings, so the PGA TOUR sophomore needed to find a spark sooner than later. It may have happened today at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club where he went 8-for-15 in par-breaker opportunities for eight birdies. Six of them found the target from outside 11 feet, including conversions from 22 feet, 31'9" and 20 feet at Nos. 14, 17 and 3, respectively. Garnett also squared two bogeys, including a three-putt from 38'5" at the par-4 sixth hole, but his strokes gained: putting measured 6.244 for the day at last check. He leads the field in both strokes gained: putting at 8.299 and in birdies with 13.
Jul 31 - 5:12 PM

Andy Sullivan followed his opening 65 at the Quicken Loans National with a 5-over-par 36-40=76 to post 1-under 141 at the break.

At last check, he sat just inside the cut line at T68, so the Englishman will sweat out the afternoon wave. He hit 13 greens in regulation at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club today but went 1-for-5 in scrambling with two bogeys and two doubles. He added a three-putt double from 49'1" at the par-4 seventh hole. Despite two birdies, Sullivan's strokes gained: putting for the round measured -4.164 the last we peeked at it. Today's regression probably cost him a chance at qualifying for next week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Jul 31 - 4:45 PM

Ollie Schniederjans answered his opening 66 at the Quicken Loans National with a 2-under-par 32-37=69 in today's second round to post 7-under 135.

He's only two shots off David Lingmerth's 36-hole clubhouse lead, but Schniederjans sat atop the leaderboard for a while today. He raced out with six birdies on his first 10 holes, four of which from outside 13 feet. The stretch was sparked by a hole-out from the fringe eight yards away at the par-4 third hole and punctuated with conversions from 30'1" and 31 feet at Nos. 8 and 9, respectively. However, the played the final eight holes in birdie-free 3-over with a bogey-5 at 13 and a double bogey at the par-4 15th where he took a penalty after a wayward drive.
Jul 31 - 2:18 PM

Sam Walker posted a bogey-free 6-under-par 33-33=66 to share the halfway lead at the Madeira Islands Open – Portugal – BPI with Sweden's Pontus Widegren.

The duo share top spot on 11-under 133 and are a shot in front of first-round leader Antonio Hortal, who added a 71 to his opening 63. Walker was fast out of the gates with birdies at three of his opening four holes before staying steady in the strong winds with a run of 10 pars. He made another jump with a chip-in eagle-2 at 6 and added another birdie at 7 before completing a clean card with a pair of pars. The Englishman split only 8 (of 14) fairways at Clube de Golf do Santo da Serra on Friday but found 14 greens in regulation and was 4-for-4 in scrambling. Walker is a three-time Challenge Tour winner and clearly has a comfort level this week despite the tournament officially being classed as a full European Tour event. "It was tough out there," said the 37-year-old. "But if you played with the wind a little bit you’d create some chances and that's what I did. I play with a fade so I can use the wind to my advantage a little more than other people."
Jul 31 - 2:00 PM

Whee Kim is 8-under-par 68-66=134 at the break of the Quicken Loans National and sits just one stroke off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

Kim failed to find momentum in Canada after a T3 in Alabama, missing the cut at Glen Abbey, but here he is again in Virginia. He's totaled 30 greens in regulation at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville. Today's 16 GIR yielded six birdies, including walk-off 3s at Nos. 17 and 18. His longest measured just 13'4" at the par-5 14th hole, but Kim also saved par from 11'5" at the par-3 fourth. The rookie started the week slotted 144th in the FedExCup standings and 133rd on the money list.
Jul 31 - 1:56 PM

Steven Bowditch has opened the Quicken Loans National with a pair of 3-under-par 68s.

For a guy who was never a reliable short-term own, Bowditch has been downright steady since securing his second PGA TOUR victory in May. The QLN is his sixth payday in seven starts, four of which went for a top 30. And positioned just three strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, he's in line for another this weekend. The Aussie covered two bogeys with an eagle (from 28'4" at the par-5 fifth hole) and three birdies today.
Jul 31 - 1:47 PM


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