Thursday, April 26, 2018
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Second 64 for Swede gives him share of lead

LAS VEGAS — Jonas Blixt shot his second straight 7-under 64 for a tie of the second-round lead with Brendon de Jonge at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open on Friday.

De Jonge followed his opening 62 with 66 to match Blixt at 14-under 128 after two rounds in perfect conditions in the PGA Tour's fall series opener. Blixt of Sweden and de Jonge of Zimbabwe are winless on tour.

"I've been working a lot on my ball-striking the last few weeks when I've been off," said Blixt, who eagled the par-4 No. 7. "It's not really there yet. But I got a hot putter, and it's been helping me out a lot the last two days."

Ryan Moore, a former UNLV player who matched the course record of 61 on Thursday, was a stroke back after a 68.

John Daly was 10 under after shooting 63, his lowest score of the year. At 132nd on the money list, the two-time major champ is trying to move into the top 125 to earn his card for next year.

"I hit the ball really well. But on any tour any more, it's just putting," Daly said. "If you make some putts, you can play really well. This course gives you a lot more opportunities than most courses."

Champions: Russ Cochran, in his first event since July's U.S. Senior Open, shot 6-under 66 to lead after the first round of the SAS Championship in Cary, N.C. Cochran, who hit all 18 greens in regulation, missed about two months for back surgery: "I came here hoping to finish the tournament, really. But I fell into a great mode. But I've got to give myself a lot of room and be very, very patient and realize that I haven't been in the heat in a long time." Fred Funk, who barely missed a birdie at No. 18, Steve Pate, Andrew Magee and Jay Don Blake were one back.

PGA Europe: South Africa's Branden Grace shot 5-under 67 to extend his lead to five shots after the second round of the Dunhill Links Championships in Kingsbarns, Scotland. A day after shooting 60, he made four consecutive birdies to sit at 17-under 127. Sweden's Joel Sjoholm (67) and Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen (69) were second.

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