Las Vegas, Oct 10: Patrick Cantlay reeled off four birdies in a row in the middle of his second round of his round for 6-under 65 and be part of a five-way for the lead going into the weekend in Las Vegas.
Martin Laird landed an eagle on his closing hole at the ninth for a 63, Peter Malnati, runner-up last week in Mississippi, made a 15-footer for eagle from the fringe on No. 9 to close out his 62. They joined Cantlay at 14-under 128, along with Brian Harman (63) and Austin Cook (65).
U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau, who opened with a 62, was one shot behind Cantlay at the TPC Summerlin.
DeChambeau drove the green on the 380-yard seventh for the second straight day, and this time he converted the eagle putt. Still, he was 1 under for his round and out of the top 10 until he made birdie on the 15th hole and then hit a 367-yard drive on the par-5 16th, setting up a wedge to 10 feet for eagle. He had a 67 and was right in the mix.
Cantlay won this tournament for his first PGA TOUR title in 2017. He was runner-up to DeChambeau the following year, and lost in a playoff to Kevin Na last year.
Sergio Garcia (64) and the resurgent Stewart Cink (63), who began the new season by winning the Safeway Open for his first title since he won the Open at Turnberry in 2009, were among those two shots behind.
Garcia is coming off a victory in the Sanderson Farms Championship, his first on the PGA TOUR since the 2017 Masters.
Headed the opposite direction was Rickie Fowler, who missed the cut for the fourth time since golf returned in June.
Francesco Molinari, in his first competition since golf shut down in March, returned with rounds of 70-68. In Las Vegas, on this course, that meant missing the cut.
Another one to miss the cut was PGA champion Collin Morikawa, who didn’t miss a cut in his first 23 PGA TOUR events as a pro. He now has missed three in his last nine starts, though he also won a Major.
The cut was at 7-under 135.