Friday, April 24, 2015

Knox will make cut but Warren and Laird 

prospects not bright in Zurich Classic

Russell Knox shot a 70 for a 139 halfway total in the US PGA Tour's Zurich Classic. The Inverness-born player was T45 when second-round play ended early because of  "inclement weather" .. even though the temperature was up in the 80s!
Presumably the threat of lightning in the area.
Marc Warren needs a very good inward half to have a chance of survving the cut.When play was halted he was lying T109 after an opening round of 72 and 39 for the first nine on his second circuit.
Martin Laird looks like missed the cut mark which will not be decided until all the second rounds are completed on Saturday morning (local time).
Laird has shot 75-69 for 144 and is T120.



Later news from GolfWeek 


Leishman goes low at Zurich Classic after wife's health scare

Golf has been far from the forefront of Marc Leishman's mind over the past few weeks.
Leishman, 31, missed the Masters as he attended to his wife, Audrey, who was fighting to survive an attack of toxic shock syndrome and acute respiratory distress syndrome in late March. Audrey was given a 5-percent chance of survival, according to the PGA Tour, but battled back and is recovering in Virginia Beach, Va.
“That was really tough,” said Leishman to the Tour. “I didn’t eat really for four or five days.”
But the one-time Tour winner is back on the course at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, and while his mind is likely with his wife at home, his game is on point at TPC Louisiana.
The Australian went on a birdie binge during the second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, making eight from Nos. 7-16 and 10 overall. Leishman was 10 under on the day with one hole to play, but he will likely finish his round with a bogey as he faced a chip shot for par when the round was suspended due to inclement weather.
"Hopefully, I'll hole out or get up and down for bogey," said Leishman to the Associated Press. "It was a good day, my expectations were pretty much non-existent this week.
"Today, I hit some good shots and holed some putts and all of a sudden you're 10-under."
Leishman is at 8 under overall after opening with a 74 at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, three shots behind co-leaders Boo Weekley and Hudson Swafford at 11 under.
Swafford came out of the gates early to card a 66 in the morning wave, and Weekley sits at 11 under with three holes to play in his second round. Play will resume 8 a.m. Saturday morning.
Swafford went bogey-free on the day, spacing six birdies out in the round of 66.
"(Heading into Bay Hill), I wasn't hitting it good or putting good. Nothing was clicking," said Swafford. "I changed my takeaway and my stroke with the putter. Ever since that, I've seen some good golf."
Five players are tied at 10 under, including Jason Day and Daniel Berger, who still have holes to play in their second rounds.
The cut line is projected at 4 under, with 83 golfers at that mark or better.



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