Xander Schauele at a demonstration, Paul Bargon salutes!

Rory McIlroy and JT Boston handed over the leader’s chair to Xander Shuveli on Friday. 18 players stand in two shots and at the end of the day Paul Bargon was able to climb to the right side of the pieces.

In Olympic form since the Zurich Classic, Xander Schauffele will go solo two days later at the Travelers Championship 2022 edition.

The only player who didn’t have a bogey after 36 holes, the third time this had happened to him in his career, the Californian didn’t seem to be in trouble. Since the start of the tournament, he’s made it to 33 of the 36 greens on the list, and his only little warning came at the age of 16 when he saw his ball in that hard Level 3 in the dugout.

“Since the start of the week it was one of the few hits I didn’t feel with the wind swirling around. I’m glad I was able to put it out.” Shovelli said after signing for the second time in a row 63 (-7). He’s five moves ahead of his nearest navigator.

A five-man group at -9 (131) made up of Patrick Cantlay, captain long before the afternoon started, Harris English who has certainly recovered from the injury that kept him out for so long. Of course, Korn Ferry Tour defector Nick Hardy, signed 64 (-6), Australian Cam Davis is looking for the fourth top 10 this season and Kevin Kesner is still comfortable on these relatively short tracks (less than 6500 metres).

Rory’s setbacks

In one point (-8) another group we find two captains the day before and in particular Rory McIlroy who had a terrible end to the game after a great first leg on 31.

While signaling -13 at the start of Day 12, the Northern Irish sent their encounter out of bounds and after two more big ratings around the green he couldn’t do better than Stealth Four.

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Ghost Quartet by Rory McIlroy Day 12. pic.twitter.com/n8cwaZXHh9

Still dumbfounded by this adventure, the world number 2 conceded a double bogey at 15. On an almost innocuous chip, McIlroy’s ball crossed the entire green zone and finished her race without the penalty area.

Side stats Rory is the first player since Gary Nicklaus in 2001 to make 7 or more birds on the TBC River Heights Trail and never return a sub-par card!

The last winner to have a quadruple bogey on his card was Australian Adam Scott at the Honda Classic in 2016.

Rest assured, Rory fans won the CJ Cup last October despite the triple bogey on day one.

JT Poston also finished his day evenly (70). Ireland’s sparkling Seamus Power is part of this group at -8 (132) along with Sahith Thegala, Charles Howell III and Martin Laird II on Thursday night.

Bargon on raising

The party in the penultimate group, Paul Bargon did not panic, and the Frenchman’s affairs were halfway turned in his favour. The author of 4 Birds in 7 Holes, the player from Texas Christian University erased his disappointment the day before.

67 of the day allows him to jump 34 places in the standings and cross his fourth piece in 5 championships. All that was left was to make that qualification pay off this weekend by getting closer to the lead in the next two rounds by relying on his rediscovered position (11th place in SG during Round Two) but also on the quality of his tackles (11 of 14 passes).

Without a bogey on the last hole like the day before, Paul Bargon was avoiding a solo launch on Saturday’s first tee.

Morgan Hoffman maintains hope

In the next part we will follow closely the outcome of Morgan Hoffman, this hopeful great American who suffers from a rare disease and goes to live in the woods to be cured. An incredible story we told you about.

Hoffman, trying to reserve his right to play with a medical exemption back in 2018. At 59th in the standings on Friday night, he must finish fourth on his own to win at least a partial class.

Video summary of the second round


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