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World No. 8 Justin Thomas, a pre-tourney 16/1 outright, conjured up an even-par 36-34=70 in the second round of The Honda Classic and at 1-over 71-70=141, missed the cut by one shot.

A total of 70 players from a field of 144 made the cut of even-par 140. Thomas, winner in three of his first five starts this season, has now missed the cut in two of his last three, interrupted only by T39 at last week's Genesis Open. He opened with a four-birdie five-bogey showing, lowlighted by four straight squares on holes 13-16, and cancelled two birdies in R2 with double bogey-6 at the second. The 23-year-old ranked 115th in driving accuracy (14/28) and 109th in SG: Approach-the-Green (-1.723). Other notable departures include: 141- 2008 champ Ernie Els; Danny Willett; 2011 champ Rory Sabbatini; William McGirt .. 142- Thomas Pieters .. 143- Jason Bohn; Daniel Berger .. 144- Hudson Swafford .. 145- Russell Knox; two-time champ Padraig Harrington .. 146- Keegan Bradley; Jeff Overton .. 148- Patrick Rodgers .. 149- Brooks Koepka; 2013 champ Michael Thompson .. 150- 2010 champ Camilo Villegas.
Feb 24 - 6:55 PM

Graham DeLaet swallowed his first two bogeys of the week but still managed a 2-under-par 33-35=68 during the second round of The Honda Classic, heading into the weekend in a share of fifth place on 6-under 134.

The Canadian caught fire with the flat stick today. He opened with a 12'11" birdie splash at the par-4 first and converted four more from 13-to-17 feet before the round was over. All these putts were setup by steady ball-striking, landing 15 greens in regulation on the day. At the midpoint, the Canuck ranks T4 in GIR percentage. DeLaet is still searching for his first win on the PGA TOUR but he's in great position heading into the weekend just three strokes off the pace set by Wesley Bryan and Ryan Palmer.
Feb 24 - 6:46 PM

Wesley Bryan won the battle with PGA National's Champion Course, walking away with a 3-under-par 33-34=67 during the second round of The Honda Classic, giving him a share of the 36-hole clubhouse lead alongside Ryan Palmer.

The overnight co-leader showed no sign of sleeping on the lead, leading off round two with three straight birdies. He swallowed a bogey at the par-4 fourth and could have let the round get away from him at the par-4 eighth, but in true trick-shot fashion he pulled off a miracle recovery shot from the pine straw, in between the trees, to salvage par. Bryan would find tree trouble again at the 13th, but showed some smarts by just putting out and taking his medicine (bogey) instead of racking up a big number. This goes in the books as Bryan's second career lead/co-lead on the PGA TOUR. The first co-lead came at the 2016 John Deere Classic where he'd go on to finish T8 by week's end.
Feb 24 - 6:29 PM

World No. 18 Tyrrell Hatton styled a 3-under-par 35-32=67 during the second round of The Honda Classic, giving him a position inside the top 10 on 5-under 135.

The Englishman started the day in a share of 24th place after opening with a 2-under 68. He moved up 17 spots on the live leaderboard but didn't make it look easy today, finding just eight (of 14) fairways and landing 11 greens, but made up for it on the greens. Hatton made the biggest wave at the par-5 18th after going for the green successfully and then dropping home a 45'8" eagle splash. On the day, he gained 2.43 strokes putting, and currently ranks fifth in the field in that regard. The Englishman arrived with eight straight top 25s internationally and the long trip to the Florida is not slowing him down.
Feb 24 - 6:13 PM

World No. 7 and defending champ Adam Scott bobbed and weaved to a 1-under-par 33-36=69 in today's second round of The Honda Classic to post 3-under 137, currently up seven spots to T17 and six back of 36-hole co-leaders Ryan Palmer and Wesley Bryan.

The top-ranked player -- and pre-tourney fave outright -- was 5-under and T1 at the midpoint last year (70-65). He began his defense with a five-birdie three-bogey 68 on four (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation. The 36-year-old improved to seven fairways and 13 GIR, but dipped to 1.692 putts per GIR and -0.844 SG: Putting, taking 30 putts to get around. He was bogey-free 3-under thru 13 holes, but didn't record a par in his last five holes, carding bogey-birdie-double-bogey-birdie to finish. The Aussie's split on five birdies included three conversions from between 10 and 20 feet, highlighted by a walk-off 4 at the 18th from 10'9".
Feb 24 - 6:12 PM

Scott Stallings kept a steady pace in round two of The Honda Classic, piecing together a 2-under-par 33-35=68 to reach the weekend on 5-under 135.

The Tennessee Tech product didn't circle a hole-in-one like the opening round, but still managed six birdies to offset a pair of bogeys and a double. Most of his work was accomplished with the irons, gaining 2.543 strokes approaching-the-green (2.527 total strokes gained). One highlight included a 208-yard tee shot at the par-3 fifth that he landed to 7'8" to setup a birdie. Stallings finds himself four strokes off the pace set by early leader Ryan Palmer. In four previous weekend rounds at PGA National, Stallings has posted rounds of 72, 71, 78, and 70.
Feb 24 - 5:59 PM

Beginning on No. 10 tee, overnight co-leader and PGA TOUR rookie Cody Gribble back-pedaled to a 6-over-par 38-38=76 in the second round of The Honda Classic to post even-par 140, down 58 places to T59 with play still in progress.

After kicking off his tourney debut with a seven-birdie one-bogey 64, the World No. 197 co-led with fellow rookie and first-timer Wesley Bryan. He did the exact opposite in round 2, circling just one birdie against seven bogeys on four (of 14) fairways and five greens in regulation -- this after becoming the first in the 11-year history at PGA National to hit all 18 GIR in R1. The Texan, who's right on the cut line, lost 5.809 strokes tee-to-green and posted a dismal 2.200 putts per GIR.
Feb 24 - 5:56 PM

J.T. Poston put on a short-game clinic en route to a 3-under-par 34-33=67 during round two of The Honda Classic, arriving at the midpoint on 4-under 136.

On Wednesday Poston shared a funny experience on Twitter that may have provided some motivation, "Walking to my car at PGA National and got asked by a man if I worked with valet. Before I could answer he hands me the keys. #playbetter." So far, he's listening to his own hashtag by playing better. Today, he leaned heavily on the short game, holing out twice from off the green for birdie and also splashing home a pair of putts from the 19-to-21 foot range. Poston walked off the course gaining 2.448 strokes around-the-green and 2.081 strokes putting. The Western Carolina product is likely happy to return to bermuda greens this week, and gamers should keep him on their radars moving forward.
Feb 24 - 1:43 PM

Making his tourney debut, PGA TOUR rookie J.J. Spaun carved out a 2-under-par 32-36=68 in the second round of The Honda Classic to reach 4-under 136, up 14 places to T10 with play still in progress.

The World No. 118 checked in off a missed cut at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am two weeks ago. He preceded that with a career-best T4 at the Phoenix Open, which he got into with a T9 at the Farmers. The Californian hasn't skipped a beat in the kickoff of the Florida Swing, throwing up a pair of 68s. His circled five birdies in R1, offset by one bogey and a double, and squared two in R2, but outpaced them with an eagle-3 and two birdies, all realized in a three-hole span at Nos. 3-5.
Feb 24 - 1:42 PM

Anirban Lahiri kept his foot on the gas with a 2-under-par 33-35=68 during the second round of The Honda Classic, reaching 7-under 133 to find himself two strokes off the early pacesetter Ryan Palmer.

The 29-year-old out of India is playing in his second home this week, and playing well through two days. The big difference between his opening rounds can be boiled down to putting variance. Lahiri gained 4.559 strokes putting in R1 but mustered up just 0.078 strokes gained putting today. Despite finding just 17 (of 28) fairways so far, the big hitter is taking the correct routes as he currently ranks 4th in strokes gained off-the-tee. Lahiri is still searching for his first PGA TOUR win, but he's placing himself in a great position to strike over the weekend.
Feb 24 - 1:27 PM

After an opening 1-over 71, World No. 41 Gary Woodland rallied for a 4-under-par 31-35=66 in today's second round of The Honda Classic for a two-day total of 3-under 137, up 68 spots on the live leaderboard to T16.

The 32-year-old improves to 5-for-5 at PGA National's Champion Course. In his prior four visits, he's logged just one finish inside the top 60, a T6 in 2011. Along with three bogeys in R1, the Kansas alum ate double bogey-6 at the 11th to outbalance three birdies. He circled six in R2, taking some luster off with double at the par-4 12th. For a second straight round, Woodland striped 11 (of 14) fairways and improved one to 15 greens in regulation, posting 1.667 putts per GIR and 1.853 SG: Putting. His split featured three from between eight and 12 feet, adding a 38-foot bomb for birdie-3 at six.
Feb 24 - 1:24 PM

Brendan Steele fought back from an early-week quintuple bogey to claw his way back above the cut line, firing a 5-under-par 33-32=65 in round two, reaching 2-under 138 after two days of play at The Honda Classic.

Steele opened on the back nine in round one and found himself at 6-over after passing through the Bear Trap. He circled a quintuple 9 at the par-4 14th after finding water three times. He rinsed another ball at the following hole to record a double bogey at the tricky par-3 15th. Since that rough patch, Steele circled 10 birdies and an eagle to offset a four-pack of bogeys. The 33-year-old showed tremendous resilience and is now safely through the cut line with a clean slate heading into the weekend. On the down side, Steele has signed just one red number in 12 weekend rounds at PGA National.
Feb 24 - 1:04 PM

Paul Waring held a one-shot lead after reaching 12-under through 12 holes of his second round when play was suspended due to bad light on day two of the Joburg Open at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club.

Thursday's early finish due to waterlogging and a delayed start today means this week's European Tour event continues to play catch up and irregular scoring updates on the ET's official website are only adding to gamers' frustration. Waring had posted a 65 on the tougher East course yesterday morning and continued oh the birdie trail with five more today on the West. His set included an opening pair and three straight from Nos. 9-11. A par at 12 left him at 12-under when play was called, a shot clear of clubhouse leader Darren Fichardt and Dean Burmester, who has three holes to finish off. Another South African, Jacques Kruyswijk, was a further stroke back on 10-under. The second round will resume at 7.00am Saturday.
Feb 24 - 1:03 PM

Beginning on No. 10 tee, World No. 88 Ryan Palmer styled a 5-under-par 31-34=65 in the second round of The Honda Classic, tying the low round of the day thus far with Brendan Steele and posting the early 36-hole clubhouse lead at 9-under 131. UPDATE: With play just about completed, Palmer co-leads with PGA TOUR rookie Wesley Bryan, one clear of Rickie Fowler.

With preferred lies in effect for a second straight lap, the 40-year-old began with bogey-5 at 10 (failed scramble) but rebounded for a three-birdie train on holes 13-15, kicking off the run with a 43-footer at the par-4 13th. He squared one more at the par-3 17th, three-putting from 43'5", but then played his final 10 holes in 4-under, circling Nos. 1, 3, 5 and 8, each from seven feet and in. The Texan found eight (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, currently pacing the field in SG: Tee-to-Green at 9.051. He's doing the majority of his work in that category, signing his card at 62nd in SG: Putting (0.591).
Feb 24 - 1:00 PM

Rickie Fowler torched PGA National's Champion Course in the second round of The Honda Classic, signing a 4-under-par 34-32=66 to arrive at the midpoint on 8-under 132, good for solo second on the early round two leaderboard.

Fowler is having déjà vu at PGA National, opening with twin 66s, just like last year. In the 2016 edition, he claimed the title of 36-hole leader with his 132 aggregate before posting 74-71 over the weekend to finish T6 come Sunday night. Today, the scoring start right away, splashing home a 23'11" birdie at the par-4 10th to build confidence. He would maintain a steady putter throughout the round, converting five more putts from outside six feet. Fowler continues to play well at PGA National and should remain in the thick of things over the weekend.
Feb 24 - 12:51 PM


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