The American heads into the weekend on 11 beneath and with a one-shot benefit over Mexico’s Carlos Ortiz, who had set the preliminary clubhouse goal with a second-round 67, with Alex Noren and Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama within the group of 4 gamers three off the tempo in tied-third, which additionally included shock first spherical chief Sepp Straka from Austria, who added a second spherical 71 to his opening 63.
Matsuyama was six beneath for his spherical with two holes to finish when play was suspended for a second time as a result of risk of lightning, having been halted for practically two-and-a-half hours earlier within the day, with the house favorite now needing to return on Saturday morning to complete his second spherical. He was tied
The Japanese participant was one among 16 gamers unable to complete on Friday, with Group GB’s Paul Casey 4 off the tempo with one gap to play and South African Christiaan Bezuidenhout addressing a putt on the ultimate inexperienced when the horn sounded round 5.20pm native time.
Casey is joined on seven beneath by Lowry, who combined seven birdies with a bogey throughout his six-under 65, with McIlroy additionally 4 off the tempo regardless of closing his second-round 66 with a final-hole bogey.
Open champion Collin Morikawa, Patrick Reed and Tommy Fleetwood are all within the group on three beneath, whereas Justin Thomas was one beneath for the match with one gap to finish of his second spherical.
A annoyed Fleetwood dropped a shot on the 18th gap for the second time this week after closing with two-under 69. “Knocking that three of 4 footer in on the final and I’d really feel fully completely different. I received numerous work to do over the weekend.”
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