TRUCKEE, Calif. — Ryan Gerard birdied seven instances in a bogey-free second spherical Friday to take a four-point lead over Patrick Rodgers within the Barracuda Championship.
Co-sanctioned by the European Tour, the match makes use of the Modified Stableford scoring system. 5 factors are awarded for the eagle and two for the birdie, whereas one level is deducted for the bogey and three for the double bogey.
“Actually, I simply be sure that I hit the fitting pictures from the fitting facet and do not get too aggressive,” Gerard mentioned. “I do know it is a format the place guys wish to exit and stick their ears out. However I simply tried to select my spots and play to my strengths.”
Gerard had 30 factors after the 14-point day at Tahoe Mountain Membership’s par-71 Outdated Greenwood course. The 23-year-old former North Carolina participant is a particular short-term member of the PGA Tour.
“I performed very properly all day. I hit properly,” mentioned Gerard. “I feel I hit 16 or 17 greens each rounds. So simply really feel actually comfy at elevation to get the distances proper the place I need them.”
Rodgers scored 11 factors on Friday.
“I am doing job getting numerous birdies, which is enjoyable,” Rodgers mentioned. “I actually get pleasure from this format. I really feel prefer it frees me up. It is enjoyable taking part in aggressive. It is enjoyable not worrying about making errors, actually attempting to assault a golf course.”
Vincent Norrman, the Swedish Tour rookie who received the Barbasol Championship playoffs for his first Tour title on Sunday, completed third with 23 factors. He had the par-5 twelfth in a 12-point spherical.
Beau Hossler adopted with 22 factors after a five-point day. Zecheng Dou and Sean Crocker had 21. Dou had a 16-point spherical and Crocker scored 10 factors.
First-round chief SY Noh was down 5 factors a day after hitting three eagles and scoring a tournament-high 23 factors. He had two double bogeys and a bogey on the final 5 holes of his morning spherical.
Defending champion Chez Reavie had 15 factors with an eight-point day.
Brandt Snedeker missed the lower on the quantity with 10 factors. The nine-time tour winner performed on a sponsor exemption.
Geoff Ogilvy did not advance both, ending two days with 4 factors. He received the 2014 title for his final skilled victory.