Andrew Landry leads with second round 65
Andrew Landry leads the second round at the Career Builder Open at PGA West’s Nicklaus Tournament Course, with a flawless 65 today, taking his total to 16-under 128, aided by a 63 in the opening round which kept him for a T-2nd finish.
He posted 63 at La Quinta Country Club yesterday and still remains bogey-free with 14 birdies and an eagle.
“It’s going to be a tough day,” Landry said. “I know that golf course can get a little mean. Especially, those last three or four holes coming down the stretch.”
Landry who shot to fame in the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont, starting Sunday tied with Dustin Johnson for second place. While Johnson went on to win, Landry finished 15th with a final round 78, he was ranked 624th in the world and his performance is still one among the most impressive ones.
Rahm who shot 62 yesterday for the lead, lost his spot for a second finish, with his round of 67 today consisting seven birdies and two bogeys. His back nine looked adventurous with consecutive birdies on the 10th and 11th, a bogey on the 12th, a birdie on the 13th, a bogey and a birdie on the 14th and 15th holes.
“It’s tough to come back because I feel like I expected myself to go to the range and keep just flushing everything like I did yesterday,” Rahm said. “Everything was just a little bit off.”
Rahm is a shot back at 15-under 129.
Following the leader, Landry and second-placed Rahm is Jason Kokrak for a third position on the board with his round of 5-under 67 today consisting six birdies and a bogey, taking his total to 14-under 130.
Michael Kim and Zach Johnson were sitting for a T-23rd in the opening round, with their rounds of five-under 67, but both pulled off an 8-under 64 for the day moving 19 spots up for a T-4th finish to their second round with Martin Piller.
Phil Mickelson made the move of the day with 21 spots improvement from the opening round to finish T-67th today with his round of 4-under 68 today, taking his total to 6-under 138. He is joined by Rory Sabbatini, Sangmoon Bae, Sam Ryder, Nate Lashley, Jason Dufner, Ben Silverman, John Peterson, Jonathan Byrd, Ryan Blaum, Charles Reiter, Lee Janzen, Chesson Hadley, Chris Stroud, and Sean O’ Hair.