Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Rickie Fowler leads at halfway point of Honda Classic

PALM BEACH GARDENS — Rickie Fowler has been consistent and mistake-free in taking the lead in the Honda Classic.

The Jupiter resident shot his second consecutive bogey-free 66 in front of a tournament-record crowd for a Friday.

That put him at 8-under-par 132, good for a one-shot lead over Jimmy Walker, who followed his opening 67 with 66 on a sunny, breezy day at the Champion course at PGA National Resort & Spa.

"I'm just happy to go bogey-free," Fowler said. "That's a big accomplishment around this golf course. Not just one day, but the two back-to-back. I'm so pleased with how I've managed my game around the golf course."

First-round co-leader Sergio Garcia, who shot 65 Thursday, had 69 Friday and was alone in third at 134. Adam Scott shot 65 to move up to fourth at 135. Michael Thompson, Thursday's other co-leader, shot 73 and was tied for ninth at 138.

No. 3-ranked Rory McIlroy shot 72-72 to miss the cut, which was 3-over 143, for the second consecutive year. He left without speaking.

Phil Mickelson made the cut on the number, failing to make a birdie in his round of 74.

"I hit 15 greens today and I didn't make a single birdie. That's a frustrating deal," Mickelson said. "I hit a lot of good shots. I'm really not complaining. I just had a hard time getting it in the hole."

Fowler, ranked No. 5 in the world, got up and down for par from 54 yards on No. 4 after driving into a fairway bunker. He finished with two-putt pars and successful birdie putts of 8 feet at No. 6 and 22 feet at No. 9.

Bohn has heart attack: Jason Bohn suffered a mild hear attack after the second round, PGA Tour officials said. Bohn, 42, complained of chest pains after his round and was taken by ambulance to Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. Bohn, a two-time winner on tour, was in stable condition and was slated to stay in the hospital overnight.

LPGA: Defending champ Amy Yang shot 3-under 69 to lead by one halfway through the LPGA Thailand in Chonburi. At 9-under 135, the South Korean was one shot ahead of countrywoman Q Baek (71) and Americans Jessica Korda (66) and Lexi Thompson (72), the first-round leader. Seminole's Brittany Lincicome shot 70 and was at 145, 10 strokes out of the lead.

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