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No joy for Australasians at Career Builders

Greg Chalmers the best of the Aussies but a long way back (Photo: Henry Peters )
Andrew Landry may well have been surprised that his brilliant opening round of 63 at the Career Builders Challenge was bettered by Jon Rahm but today he gained some form of payback after his second round of 65 has him one ahead of Rahm as the event heads into tomorrow’s third round in La Quinta in California.

Landry is still chasing his first PGA Tour title but has won twice on the Web.Com Tour and just two months ago recorded his best finish on the PGA Tour when 4th at the RSM Classic after graduating from the Web.Com Tour following the 2017 season.

He missed the cut last week at the Sony Open and missed the cut in this event twelve months ago but has rebounded well with a superb second round over the more demanding Nicklaus Tournament Course.

There were no bogeys in today’s round, in fact Landry has yet to record a bogey in 36 holes and he has edged clear of a very congested leaderboard where 18 players are within four shots of the lead.

The cut will be made at the completion of 54 holes in this pro-am format event with Landry to play the Stadium Course tomorrow before all of the field returns to the Stadium Course on Sunday.

Rahm also played the Nicklaus Tournament course today and with birdies at his opening two holes he appeared as if he would continue to control the tournament. His round of 67 was good but he is now sitting one off the lead after leading into day two.  

Jason Kokrak is alone in 3rd place one behind Rahm while Zach Johnson, Michael Kim and Martin Piller are at 13 under and three from the lead.

It has not been a good week thus far for the six Australasians in the field. Greg Chalmers followed up his opening 68 with a round of 69 on the Stadium Course today but such is the nature of the scoring that his 7 under par total has him in only 52nd position.

New Zealander Danny Lee is 108th, Rod Pampling, Cameron Percy and Matt Jones are 129th and Geoff Ogilvy 137th.  

 

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