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No shortage of notable MCs at the Greenbrier 07-03-2015
Webb Simpson
Webb Simpson will get an early start on his preparation for The Open Championship after missing the cut at The Greenbrier Classic. After missing the cut in the inaugural Greenbrier in 2010, Simpson connected four paydays, three of which for a top 10. That string ended today with a 2-over-par 35-37=72 in his second round. At 3-over 143, he fell five shots outside the bubble to play on. Other notables who failed to survive today's cut include: 139--2013 champ Jonas Blixt; Daniel Berger; Marc Leishman; Steve Stricker ... 140--Bill Haas; Nick Watney; Charles Howell III; Colt Knost; Nick Taylor ... 141--Cameron Tringale; Rory Sabbatini; Scott Pinckney ... 145--Fabian Gomez ... 148--Daniel Summerhays.
Anderson can't find the handle at Greenbrier 07-03-2015
Mark D. Anderson
Mark Anderson submitted respective rounds of 70 and 71 at The Greenbrier Classic and missed the cut by three strokes.

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He hit only 17 greens in regulation at The Old White TPC this week, so he did well to limit the hemorrhaging to six bogeys, but the 30-year-old managed only five birdies. It's his third missed cut in six starts this season. More importantly, he'll head to the John Deere Classic with only one start remaining on his medical extension in the reshuffle category to earn $460,532 or 314.652 FedExCup points for a promotion to the Major Medical category. Short of that, Anderson would secure conditional status for the remainder of the season if he collects 199.412 FedExCup points. If he fails at that secondary objective, he'll lose his status on the PGA TOUR.
Byrd scratches out red number in second round 07-03-2015
Jonathan Byrd
Jonathan Byrd followed his opening 63 at The Greenbrier Classic with a 1-under-par 34-35=69 in today's second round. This was a bit sloppy after Byrd enjoyed a career-tying-low on Thursday. He piped only eight (of 14) fairways and hit just 12 greens in regulation on a gettable Old White TPC today. He'd squared three bogeys, including a 15-footer at the par-4 fifth, and three of his four birdies found the cup from outside 11 feet. At 8-under 132, the 37-year-old is just one shot off the pace of the 36-hole co-leaders.
Langley shares 36-hole lead at the Greenbrier 07-03-2015
Scott Langley
Overnight leader Scott Langley hung on for a 1-under-par 33-36=69 in today's second round of The Greenbrier Classic to post 9-under 131 at the halfway point, good for a share of the 36-hole lead with Jhonattan Vegas. The lefty went 2-for-3 in scrambling with a bogey but added a three-putt bogey from outside 54 feet at the par-3 15th hole. Elsewhere, he picked off three birdies, including runs of 30'3" at the par-5 17th and 24 feet at the par-4 sixth. He missed only two looks inside 11 feet, but those are magnified given the competition. Consider that there are 15 golfers inside the top 10 on the leaderboard and within two swings of the lead. Langley ranks T2 with 32 greens in regulation and T5 in birdies, but he knows that he'll have to keep the pedal floored if he's going to collect his first hardware on the PGA TOUR.
Sean O'Hair continues to minimize mistakes 07-03-2015
Sean O'Hair
Sean O'Hair chased his opening 66 at The Greenbrier Classic with a 3-under-par 32-35=67 in today's second round to post 7-under 133. That's just two swings adrift of the 36-hole clubhouse lead on what is a bunched leaderboard. Even one bad hole could end anyone's chances at the title this weekend. O'Hair has been money tee-to-green. He's split 23 (of 28) fairways and landed 29 greens in regulation. Today's totals of 12 and 15, respectively, yielded four birdies against one bogey. His longest conversion disappeared for birdie from 31-and-a-half feet at the par-3 15th hole. This ends an 0-for-3 slide that started at Colonial.
Potter, Jr. remains sidelined indefinitely 07-03-2015
Henrik Norlander
Ted Potter, Jr. has yet to tee it up in PGA TOUR-sanctioned competition since he broke his ankle in Canada in late July of 2014.

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It's been a while since we dropped in on the lefty who has a Major Medical Extension affording two starts to bank $326,004 or 126.917 FedExCup points and retain status. Last we knew, he was hoping to return to competition at some point early this year. However, now that we're in the back half of the calendar, all bets are off as to when he may play again. At this point, if he's healthy enough, the assumption is that he'll begin shedding rust later in the summer to prep for the Web.com Tour Finals.
David Hearn's flat stick getting the job done 07-03-2015
David Hearn
David Hearn spun a 6-under-par 30-34=64 in today's second round of The Greenbrier Classic, reaching the halfway point in 8-under 132, one stroke off the 36-hole clubhouse lead. The Canuck was feelin' it today. He hit 15 greens in regulation and poured in seven birdies, six of which on his first eight holes. He opened with three consecutive birdies ranging 10-16 feet on the back side of The Old White TPC. His remaining trio on his outward nine ranged 12-17 feet. Alas, he squared a bogey at the par-3 eighth to taint the card, but Hearn led the field in strokes gained: putting at last check with an aggregate measurement of 6.711. He'll enter the weekend in his latest pursuit of victory No. 1 on the PGA TOUR in what is his 164th start.
Kevin Stadler circles John Deere for return 07-03-2015
Kevin Stadler
Kevin Stadler is included in the published field of next week's John Deere Classic.

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If he plays, it'll be his first start since missing the cut at the Masters, which was his first action since withdrawing during the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. It was later revealed that Stadler was suffering from a broken bone in his left hand. He's fully exempt through next season by virtue of his win at the 2014 Waste Management Phoenix Open, so unless he goes on a tear this summer, he's going to be an automatic buy for salary gamers in 2015-16.
Andrew Putnam poised for his John Deere debut 07-03-2015
Andrew Putnam
Andrew Putnam is scheduled to compete in next week's John Deere Classic.

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The PGA TOUR rookie was a late scratch from last week's Travelers Championship due to a migraine. He took this week off as well and sits 167th in the FedExCup standings. Putnam will be making his first appearance at TPC Deere Run where par breakers will be for the taking. He ranks 189th in greens in regulation but 28th in birdies-or-better conversion percentage, so he'll do himself a huge solid if he can dial in his distance and accuracy next week.
Russell Knox commits to the Scottish Open 07-03-2015
Russell Knox
Russell Knox is included in the published field of next week's Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open on the European Tour.

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We last saw the Scot at TPC River Highlands where he withdrew after one round with an illness. He's not yet exempt into The Open Championship in two weeks, but he can still qualify. The top three, not otherwise exempt, inside the top 10 and ties at Gullane Golf Club in East Lothian next week will earn berths into the major.
Frazar falls short yet again at Greenbrier 07-03-2015
Harrison Frazar
Harrison Frazar will miss the cut at The Greenbrier Classic. The 43-year-old completed 36 holes in 5-over-par 73-72=145. He rattled in seven birdies, but squared nine bogeys and a triple. Frazar is now 0-for-3 at Greenbrier. It's his fourth MC in seven starts this season and leaves him with three starts on his Major Medical Extension to earn $510,686 or 320.207 FedExCup points and retain status.
Rodgers cruising at The Greenbrier Classic 07-03-2015
Patrick Rodgers
Patrick Rodgers reached the halfway point of The Greenbrier Classic in 7-under-par 68-65=133 and sits just two strokes back of the 36-hole clubhouse lead. After his bogey-free opener in which he landed 15 greens in regulation, Rodgers tallied another 15 GIR today. He smothered a lone bogey (at the par-4 sixth hole) with six birdies, four of which on his last seven holes. Three of the par breakers found the cup from outside 11 feet, the longest stretching 24'2" at the par-4 third hole. While he has Special Temporary Membership and is a rookie on the PGA TOUR, Rodgers is still chasing his second top 25. That's how far that co-runner-up at Quail Hollow has gone at shaping his early experience as a touring professional.
S.J. Park goes bogey-free in the second round 07-03-2015
Sung Joon Park
S.J. Park fashioned a bogey-free, 5-under-par 34-31=65 in his second round of The Greenbrier Classic to post 7-under 133 at the halfway point. He's just two strokes in arrears of the 36-hole clubhouse lead. The PGA TOUR rookie missed only two (of 14) fairways and two greens in regulation en route to five birdies today. His par breakers featured 4s on both par 5s, including a conversion from 14'11" at No. 17. His T2 at the Humana Challenge in late January is his only top 25 among 10 previous paydays in 20 starts, but it's enough to buoy him at 117th in the FedExCup standings.
Greg Owen presses forward in the second round 07-03-2015
Greg Owen
Greg Owen backed up his opening 65 at The Greenbrier Classic with a 3-under-par 31-36=67 in today's second round. The Brit hit 14 greens in regulation again today. They led to five birdies, the longest measuring 12'10" at the par-4 ninth hole. He also squared two bogeys, both in failed attempts to scramble for pars, but he checked up just one stroke off the 36-hole clubhouse lead. At last check, Owen led the field in strokes gained: tee-to-green with an aggregate clip of 7.046.
Vegas hits all 18 GIR; 36-hole clubhouse lead 07-03-2015
Tsukasa Watanabe
Jhonattan Vegas ripped off a bogey-free, 5-under-par 34-31=65 in today's second round of The Greenbrier Classic to post 9-under 131 at the midpoint, good for outright possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead. After landing 15 greens in regulation in the opening round, Vegas found all 18 today. He converted five times for birdie, the longest stretching 14'2" at the par-5 17th hole. His 33 GIR led the field when he signed his card sitting one stroke lower than the previous clubhouse quad-leaders. It's quite a feat of precision given he's split only half of his 28 fairways, but having some strength on a course with soft greens due to rain never hurts.
Defending champ misses cut at the Greebrier 07-03-2015
Angel Cabrera
Ángel Cabrera followed his opening 71 at The Greenbrier Classic with a 2-over-par 35-37=72 in today's second round and will miss the cut. At 3-over 143, the defending champion sat T135 on the leaderboard at last check. He hit 12 greens in regulation today and sat bogey-free 2-under after five holes, but played the remainder in birdie-free 4-over. Cabrera concluded his round with three straight bogeys. He started the week at 160th in the FedExCup standings, but he's fully exempt through 2015-16.
Tom Hoge just two off 36-hole clubhouse lead 07-03-2015
Tom Hoge
Tom Hoge hung up a 4-under-par 33-33=66 in today's second round of The Greenbrier Classic. Hoge has been quiet during his rookie season, but he's shown flashes at times to project long-term success. Certainly, he'd be a surprise to qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs -- he's 165th in points -- but there have been longer shots to crash that party. Thus far at The Old White TPC, he'd outbalanced two bogeys and a double with five birdies in each round. Today's set included conversions from 18 feet and 13'10" at Nos. 4 and 10, respectively. Hoge also holed out for birdie from the rough five yards away at the par-5 17th hole. At 6-under 134, he signed his card sitting two strokes adrift of the foursome sharing the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Thomas opens w/ pair of 67s and a hole-in-one 07-03-2015
Justin Thomas
Justin Thomas is 6-under-par 67-67=134 at the midpoint of The Greenbrier Classic, two strokes off the pace of the 36-hole clubhouse quad-leaders. Thomas made news on Thursday when he aced the par-3 18th hole from 137 yards. It paid $500 to every spectator in attendance on the hole. (George McNeill recorded a hole-in-one earlier in the day to trigger a $100 payout to fans.) For the second time in as many rounds, Thomas hit 13 greens in regulation today. He connected for four birdies, thee of which ranging 10-17 feet. The rookie also rolled in a par save from 12'1" at the par-4 sixth hole. This puts an end to an 0-for-2 skid, which matched his longest "drought" of the season. Thomas started the week ranked 53rd in the FedExCup standings.
Alvarado continues to struggle on PGA TOUR 07-03-2015
Benjamin Alvarado
At 8-over-par 69-79=138, Benjamin Alvarado will miss the cut at The Greenbrier Classic. Alvarado continues to burn through his remaining starts on a Minor Medical Extension. This week's failure to cash leaves him with only two starts to collect $670,304 or 397 FedExCup points for a promotion to the Major Medical category. After a decent effort in the opening round at The Old White TPC, he split only six (of 14) fairways and hit seven greens in regulation in today's walk. Alvarado erased a lone birdie with six bogeys and two doubles. At last check, his strokes gained: tee-to-green for today only read -8.143. He's now 1-for-6 on the season.
Chappell makes it a foursome atop Greenbrier 07-03-2015
Kevin Chappell
Kevin Chappell added a 3-under-par 35-32=67 in today's second round of The Greenbrier Classic to touch 8-under 132 at the midpoint and share the 36-hole clubhouse lead. He's the fourth to wedge his way atop the leaderboard from the late-early draw, and he's the third non-winner among the bunch. This is Chappell's 133rd PGA TOUR start. He covered two bogeys with five birdies during today's lap around The Old White TPC. His only notable conversion dropped in from 12'2" at the par-4 14th hole.
Danny Lee joins the 36-hole clubhouse leaders 07-03-2015
Danny Lee
Danny Lee chased his opening 63 at The Greenbrier Classic with a 1-under-par 33-36=69 in today's second round to reach the break in 8-under 132, good for a piece of the 36-hole clubhouse lead. Chad Collins and Bryce Molder beat him to the aggregate and the trio is unlikely to sleep on the lead, but none will complain about his position entering the weekend. Lee went 5-for-6 in scrambling with one bogey today. He countered with two birdies, consisting of a roll from 25'7" at the par-4 first hole and a three-yarder from the fringe at the par-4 ninth. He also poured in a par save from 10'1" at the par-3 15th where he found a greenside bunker off the tee. This is Lee's 95th PGA TOUR start; he's still in pursuit of his first trophy presentation on the circuit.
Garrigus rides a roller coaster on Friday 07-03-2015
Robert Garrigus
Robert Garrigus turned in a 3-under-par 31-36=67 for his second round of The Greenbrier Classic, reaching the midpoint in 7-under 133, one stroke off the pace of the 36-hole clubhouse co-leaders. Garrigus hit the ground running at The Old White TPC today with birdies on his first three holes, including a conversion from 13'1" at the par-4 11th. He'd string three more together around the turn and sat bogey-free 6-under through 10. Then the wheels began to wobble. After rinsing his tee ball at the par-4 second, he'd salvage bogey from 34'7". Garrigus squared three more bogeys, including a three-putt from 81 feet at the par-3 eighth hole, but walked off with a final birdie from 12'4" at the par-4 ninth. This is his 19th start of the season, but he hasn't recorded a top 30 in over 12 months.
Co-leader Molder fills cup in second round 07-03-2015
Bryce Molder
Bryce Molder smoothed a 6-under-par 32-32=64 in today's second round of The Greenbrier Classic to post 8-under 132 at the halfway point, good for a share of the 36-hole clubhouse lead. Molder totaled just 12 greens in regulation but connected for seven birdies, six of which from outside 10 feet. The most notables taped out at 21'3" and 35'7" at Nos. 14 and 16, respectively. His only miscue occurred at the par-4 seventh where he bogeyed, but he didn't miss from inside 11 feet all day. At last check, his strokes gained: putting for the round measured 4.591. Molder's only top 10 of the season came in the first event; he tied for third at the Frys.com Open. He arrived at Greenbrier slotted 102nd in the FedExCup standings, but is now in position to record his second PGA TOUR victory in 223 starts as a professional.
Kaymer makes it 3-way tie at Le Golf National 07-03-2015
Martin Kaymer
Martin Kaymer is the only player to shoot both rounds in the 60s at the Alstom Open de France and shares the halfway lead at 4-under 138. With a walk-off birdie at 18, the German added a second 2-under-par 34-35=69 on Friday and tied Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Victor Dubuisson for top spot. The trio will play in a three-ball on Saturday. Kaymer had just one blemish on his card today, a double bogey-6 at 15 after finding water. His other birdies came at 3,9 and 13. The Ryder Cup star came into this week on the back of three missed cuts but course form is kicking in strongly and he'll have the chance this weekend to add to his 2009 win and five further top 20s at Le Golf National. Kaymer might have to sharpen up his driving, though, after only splitting 15 (of 28) fairways so far.
Piercy regains form at The Greenbrier Classic 07-03-2015
Scott Piercy
Scott Piercy reached the midpoint of The Greenbrier Classic in 7-under-par 67-66=133 and sits just one stroke off the 36-hole clubhouse lead. Since a solo 10th in Houston three months ago, Piercy is just 1-for-6 with a T43 at Colonial. That slump included a mysterious mid-tournament withdrawal at TPC Four Seasons. Thus far at The Old White TPC, he's hit 28 greens in regulation led the tournament in par breakers (one eagle, 12 birdies) with 13 when he signed his card today. The eagle dropped from just 25 inches at the par-5 12th in the second round. Meanwhile, today's set of six birdies included a pair from 12-16 feet before he walked off with a birdie-2 at No. 18 from 63'4".
Hahn piles on with a bogey-free 67 on Friday 07-03-2015
James Hahn
James Hahn enjoyed a bogey-free, 3-under-par 33-34=67 in today's second round of The Greenbrier Classic, reaching the halfway point in 7-under 133, one stroke off the early 36-hole clubhouse lead. After hitting 15 greens in regulation and trading five birdies with a bogey in the lid-lifter, Hahn went 5-for-5 in scrambling today with three birdies. All ranged 10-13 feet. While this is his sixth payday since breaking through for victory at Riviera in late February, Hahn is still chasing his next top 25.
Dubuisson remains on course for home victory 07-03-2015
Victor Dubuisson tacked on a 1-under-par 35-35=70 to his opening 68 and shares the lead at the halfway mark of the Alstom Open de France. The Frenchman shares top spot on 4-under 138 with Germany's Martin Kaymer and Spain's Rafa Cabrera-Bello and that trio will battle it out in a three-ball on Saturday with organizers hoping to quicken up play due to the threat of thunderstorms. Dubuisson hit 6-under early in his round after following a birdie at 5 with an eagle-2 at 6 but gave two shots back with successive bogeys at 8 and 9. He took outright possession of the lead again with a birdie at 12 but dropped another shot at 17. After a difficult season, this is the perfect time and place for the Ryder Cup star to come back to life and he puts the return to form down to simply playing more golf. The 25-year-old took part in just five tournaments between January and April but this is his third event in a row and seventh since the start of May. Dubuisson hit only half the greens in regulation on Friday but is 12-for-16 in scrambling so far and his famed short game magic could make the difference this weekend.
Chad Collins sets target at Greenbrier break 07-03-2015
Chad Collins
Chad Collins answered his opening 65 at The Greenbrier Classic with a 3-under-par 35-32=67 in today's second round to post 8-under 132 at the midpoint, good for early possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead. Collins split 12 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation, but he waited until his inward nine for all of his heavy lifting. After going out with eight pars and a bogey, he circled five birdies to cover one bogey on the back half of The Old White TPC. He walked off with a birdie conversion from 25'9" at the par-3 18th hole, but his longest conversion of the day disappeared for par from 26'5" at the par-4 first. This extends his consecutive cuts made streak to a career-best eight, but more importantly, it positions him to make a run at his first PGA TOUR title in his 123rd start on the circuit.
Steele shining again in Paris; three behind 07-03-2015
Brendan Steele
Brendan Steele enjoyed another good day at Le Golf National, putting up a 2-under-par 35-34=69 on Friday to reach 1-under 141 after 36 holes of the Alstom Open de France. The American played this event in 2011 and 2012 and finished T7 on both occasions. Perhaps with half an eye on the 2018 Ryder Cup which will be played at this venue, he's made the trip again and is now on target for another top 10 in the French capital. Today, he traded two birdies with two bogeys on his opening nine and climbed into red figures with par breakers at 3 and 4. Steele, who sits 47th in the FedExCup rankings, will go into the weekend three shots behind Rafa Cabrera-Bello along with Ryder Cup duo Martin Kaymer and Victor Dubuisson.
Adams (MC) can't break 80 in his second round 07-03-2015
Blake Adams
Blake Adams shot 12-over-par 72-80=152 at The Greenbrier Classic and will miss the cut. The sooner he turns this page, the better. He went 0-for-9 in scoring chances at The Old White TPC today and squared four bogeys, one double and a snowman (at the par-4 16th hole). At last check, his strokes gained: tee-to-green was -7.777 for the round. This is his fourth consecutive MC and ninth in 12 starts this season. It leaves Adams with four starts on his Major Medical Extension to earn $340,105 or 203.327 FedExCup points and retain status.
Wiesberger shoots over par but still in hunt 07-03-2015
Bernd Wiesberger could only manage a 1-over-par 37-35=72 in his second round at the Open de France but, with scoring tough at Le Golf National, he's just two off the lead. The Austrian was one of four co-leaders in round one after a 68 but, despite finding the going tougher today, he did himself no real damage and is very much in the mix at 2-under 140. That's just two behind current clubhouse leader Rafael Cabrera-Bello. Wiesberger swallowed front-nine bogeys at 2, 4 and 8 but repaired some of the damage with birdies at 7 and 9. He was steadier on the back nine with a birdie at 17 erasing a bogey at 16. The 29-year-old found 13 greens in regulation in round two compared to 16 in his opening lap and was 3-for-5 in scrambling. He split 9 (of 14) fairways.
Troy Kelly misses the cut at the Greebrier 07-03-2015
Troy Kelly
Troy Kelly completed 36 holes of The Greenbrier Classic in 4-over-par 71-73=144 and will miss the cut.

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Kelly and everyone else in the morning wave waited out an 18-minute delay for heavy rain this morning, but all it did was postpone his trip out of town. He found 19 (of 28) fairways but only 19 greens in regulation en route to seven bogeys and a double. So, five birdies were hardly enough to survive this shootout where he lost in a playoff in 2012. This drops Kelly to 1-for-6 on the season. He now has six starts remaining on his Major Medical Extension to bank $515,279 or 322.837 FedExCup points and retain status.
Allenby withdraws during his second round 07-03-2015
Robert Allenby
Robert Allenby withdrew during his second round of The Greenbrier Classic due to issue with his sciatic nerve.

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He called it quits after rolling in a birdie at the par-4 ninth hole to conclude his outward half. However, Allenby was 1-over-par on the day and 8-over through 27 holes. This is his eighth mid-tournament WD in 477 PGA TOUR starts and his second in his last seven (New Orleans, although he simply didn't finish his second round on Saturday morning after play was suspended the previous night). The Aussie started the week slotted 171st in the FedExCup standings with only one top 40 among seven paydays.
Morrison has it going again; 1 behind leader 07-03-2015
James Morrison hung up a bogey-free 35-33=68 in round two of the Open de France and, at 3-under 139, is just one off the pace with 36 holes to play. Morrison's name is becoming very familiar on leaderboards of late and last week he enjoyed a two-shot advantage through 54 holes at the BMW International Open in Germany before fading to T11 on Sunday. Today, last month's Open de Espana winner started with 11 straight pars before clustering birdies at 3, 4 and 6 to temporarily join the lead. Short game was key for Morrison on Friday as he put up 6-for-6 scrambling stats to keep a clean card. For now, he's just one behind clubhouse leader Rafa-Cabrera Bello and in position to make another title challenge.
F. Molinari lurking again; one back after 36 07-03-2015
Francesco Molinari
Francesco Molinari toured Le Golf National in 2-under-par 36-33=69 to post 3-under 138 at the midpoint. The Italian is a two-time runner-up in this event and has put himself in position to challenge for the title again with a solid first 36 holes that leave him just a single stroke behind current halfway leader Rafa Cabrera-Bello. Molinari wobbled briefly today after following a birdie at 14 with bogeys at 15 and 17 but he got to work again on his second nine, circling par breakers at 1, 5 and 9. He's split 21 (of 28) fairways so far on the fast-running par 71 but hasn't scrambled as well as some of his leaderboard rivals so far (6-for-11). He started the week as the bookmakers' favorite and hasn't lost that position.
Cabrera-Bello posts clubhouse lead in France 07-03-2015
Rafael Cabrera-Bello
With an up-and-down for par at his 19th hole of the day, Rafa Cabrera-Bello assumed the lead on day two of the Open de France. After returning to the course this morning to complete a bogey-free 68 which put him in a four-way tie for the lead, the Spaniard advanced his score to 4-under 138 after following it up with a 1-under-par 34-36=70 in round two. That put him a shot clear of Tyrrell Hatton, Jaco Van Zyl, James Morrison, Daniel Brooks and Francesco Molinari. RCB now has an immediate shot at converting another halfway lead after he failed to do so (finished T11) when two clear after 36 holes of last week's BMW International Open. Today he suffered his first bogeys so far, dropping shots at 11, 5 and 7 but birdies at 14, 17, 6 and 8 allowed him to break par for the second day running at the testing Le Golf National which will host the 2018 Ryder Cup. So far, Cabrera-Bello has split just 13 of 28 fairways but he's kept his score intact by going 8-for-10 in scrambling.
Van Zyl tied at top after letting lead slip 07-03-2015
Jaco Van Zyl
Jaco Van Zyl dropped three shots at the final two holes to fall back into a tie for the clubhouse lead at the Open de France. The South African became the first player this week to hit 6-under after a rush of four birdies in five holes from the 9th at Le Golf National. But he had to settle for an even-par 36-35=71 and a halfway total of 3-under 139 after bogeying 17 and taking a double bogey-6 at the last. For now, he shares the lead in the clubhouse with Tyrrell Hatton, James Morrison, Daniel Brooks and Francesco Molinari. The South African was a perfect 6-for-6 in scrambling in his opening 68 but his short game failed to come to the rescue on Friday as he got up and down just once in five attempts after hitting 13 greens in regulation.
Hatton has share of lead at Le Golf National 07-03-2015
Tyrrell Hatton
Tyrrell Hatton crafted a 34-34=68 in round two of the Open de France and shares the clubhouse lead with four others at 3-under 139. Hatton ended each nine with a bogey but found birdies at five other holes. They came at 10 and 17 and then in a flurry on his second nine at 3, 5 and 6. Hatton split 9 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation and is currently tied for the clubhouse lead alongside Jaco Van Zyl, James Morrison, Daniel Brooks and Francesco Molinari. The young Englishman missed the cut on his debut at Le Golf National last year but has found a way to play the course this time. A fourth place in last month's Irish Open was his third top 10 of the season.
Cabrera-Bello makes it a 4-way tie in France 07-03-2015
Rafael Cabrera-Bello
Rafa Cabrera-Bello was part of a four-way tie for the lead when the first round of the Alstom Open de France was completed on Friday morning. The Spaniard was one of 42 players who had to return to Le Golf National to complete their rounds and he safely made par at 18 to card a 3-under-par 34-34=68 and join Frenchman Victor Dubuisson, Austrian Bernd Wiesberger and South African Jaco Van Zyl at the top of the pile. Cabrera-Bello, who also had a share of the first-round lead at last week's BMW International in Germany, was bogey free on his opening lap after going 5-for-5 in scrambling. He picked up his birdies at 3, 4 and 15. Maximilian Kieffer was the leader at 4-under when storms halted play on Thursday evening but on his return this morning he dropped three shots in his final two holes to slip back to 1-under.