Published: Sun, June 30, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Lashley stays hot to maintain lead in Detroit

Lashley stays hot to maintain lead in Detroit

He is now in his second season on the PGA Tour and appeared in supreme control as he compiled a nine-birdie, nine-under-par 63 at Detroit Golf Club.

"I hit a lot of fairways, hit a lot of greens". I had a lot of opportunities and I hit some of them and missed some of them. But I've got some work to do, just tighten some things up.

The 36-year-old Lashley slipped into the tournament as an alternate Wednesday. He is ranked 353rd in the world.

At the 207-yard par-3 ninth, his final hole of the day, Lahiri hit his tee shot from 188 yards to 14-foot for a third birdie. After falling to 5 over through 11 holes, he had four birdies over the last six to finish with a 73.

A group of seven that included Charles Howell III and Stewart Cink were a further shot back.

After four birdies on the outward half, he added five more coming home, finishing with a precise approach to four foot at the par-four 18th.

Ryan Armour and Nick Watney were at stroke back at 64.

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Cameron Champ recorded a career-best nine-hole score of eight-under 28 to surge into second place after round two of the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

"Yeah, I need to get ready, but I'm excited about Portrush", Woodland said.

Champ's only prior US PGA title came last October at the start of the current campaign when he captured the Sanderson Farms Championship, which was played opposite the WGC HSBC Champions event in Shanghai.

Six shots off the pace are Rickie Fowler and Patrick Reed, who both shot 68s in each of the first two rounds.

New U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland makes his return to competition hoping to climb into the world's top ten for the first time in his career.

EUROPEAN: In Sotogrande, Spain, Christiaan Bezuidenhout of South Africa took four-shot lead over Sergio Garcia and three others at the Andalucía Valderrama Masters.

Among the other notables in the field were twice Masters victor Bubba Watson and world No.14 Rickie Fowler, who were five shots back of the leader after matching 68's. Yesterday, I think I was a little hyped up.

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