World number one Scottie Scheffler retained the lead in the Charles Schwab Challenge with a 65 card in the second round, one shot better than his score Thursday in the curtain-raiser.
Scheffler shares the lead with Americans Scott Stallings and Beau Hossler.
Scottie Scheffler started his workday with birdies on the first two holes, and he added three more birdies on the back nine to finish his round five shots under par. The same goes for Hossler, who was able to avoid bogeys brilliantly.
For his part, Stallings handed out a card of 64, the best of the day with Danny Lee’s 64, and he also sneaked to the top of the leaderboard halfway through the tournament.
While all three men were very successful, the same cannot be said for Justin Thomas and Will Zalatoris, who played overtime less than a week ago at the PGA Championship.
Thomas carded a 72, while Zalatoris couldn’t do better than a score of 71, and both golfers missed the weekend’s rounds.
In Thomas’ camp, it is the first time in 22 tournaments that he cannot avoid the cleaver. He hadn’t been ruled out of the weekend rounds since the 2021 PGA Championship just over a year ago.
Patrick Reed played a card of 66 (minus-4) again and chased the leaders with a late shot. Pat Perez (66) and Chris Kirk (67) follow at minus-7.
Jordan Spieth, the crowd favorite and ninth player in the world, handed over a card of 66 and jumped to the 12th step.
Canada’s Nick Taylor, ranked 224th globally, virtually took the lead for the second day in a row.
However, he collapsed on the back nine by playing six more shots than normal. He handed over a card of 71 (plus-1), but he remains below normal cumulatively, at minus-3.
The other Canadian in the running, Adam Svensson, is also at minus-3, good for 23rd in the world.