Golf: Scheffler, Fowler shoot matching 64s for La Quinta lead

(Reuters) – Scottie Scheffler shot an eight-under-par 64, regardless of chalking up a double bogey at his 9th hollow, to tie Rickie Fowler for the second-round lead of The American Specific in L. a. Quinta, California, on Friday.

Jan 17, 2020; L. a. Quinta, California, USA; Scottie Scheffler reacts after lacking a putt at the 18th inexperienced throughout the second one around of The American Specific golfing event at the Nicklaus Match Path at PGA West. Necessary Credit score: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports activities

Scheffler narrowly neglected an eagle at his final hollow, the 9th, to check Fowler’s rating as they finished the Nicklaus Match Path at 15-under 129.

The around of the day, alternatively, belonged to Tony Finau, who birdied seven of his ultimate 9 holes, and 10 in general, for a scorching 10-under 62 at the Nicklaus route.

That moved him into fourth position at 13-under 131, a stroke in the back of Andrew Landry (64) and two in the back of Fowler and Scheffler.

Landry’s around, which featured 9 birdies and a bogey, got here at the harder L. a. Quinta route.

Scheffler, who began his around on the 10th, wanted a forged moment shot at his final hollow to lend a hand him catch Fowler and he were given it, the ball virtually rolling in for an eagle.

“I were given off to an attractive scorching get started as of late, then stored enjoying beautiful forged even after that double on the 18th,” the 23-year-old advised PGA Excursion Radio.

He were given again heading in the right direction with some other birdie on the fourth hollow (his 13th) and made up extra floor with an eagle on the 7th.

Match favourite Fowler additionally began at the 10th and after choosing up two birdies on his entrance 9 gathered 4 extra and an eagle after the flip to publish an early lead.

“I simply did a actually excellent process of choosing my manner round to the fairway and making some putts on best of that,” mentioned the five-time PGA Excursion winner, who’s competing at L. a. Quinta for the primary time in six years.

First around co-leaders Zac Blair (70) and Grayson Murray (71) have been not able to check their opening 64s.

Match host and two-time winner Phil Mickelson, who shot 70 on Thursday, recorded two bogeys and a couple of birdies for a 72 that left him at two-under 142, 13 strokes off the lead.

Reporting via Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina; Modifying via Peter Rutherford

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