AVONDALE, La — Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele shot a 4-under 68 in alternate-shot play Friday at windswept TPC of Louisiana to take care of a one-stroke lead within the Zurich Traditional of New Orleans.
The Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup companions opened with a tournament-record 59 on Thursday in best-ball play. They had been at an event-record 17 underneath, with just one bogey via 36 holes.
The groups of David Lipsky–Aaron Rai and Doc Redman–Sam Ryder had been second after 67s. All 4 of these gamers are in search of their first PGA Tour victory.
Cantlay and Schauffele, beginning on the again 9, birdied three of the primary 4 holes to offset a bogey on the par-4 twelfth and added two birdies on their again 9.
“It was undoubtedly tougher enjoying alternate shot,” Cantlay mentioned. “I feel 4 underneath is absolutely good contemplating the circumstances with the wind and our spherical yesterday. I feel it units a extremely good tone going into the weekend.”
Cameron Tringale–Wyndham Clark and Brandon Grace-Garrick Higgo had been 15 underneath. Higgo and Grace shot 65, and Tringale and Clark had a 67.
Masters champion Scottie Scheffler and Ryan Palmer settled for an even-par 72 to make the lower on the quantity at 8 underneath.
Ryder and Redman, who belong to the identical nation membership and share the identical coach, adopted their opening 61 with a bogey-free spherical. They birdied their opening two holes and added one other on the fourth to make the flip. On the inward 9, they birdied the par-5 eleventh and the quick par-4 thirteenth earlier than parring out.
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“It’s simply been as stress free as it might probably in this sort of format,” Ryder mentioned. “You generally tend, I feel, generally to attempt more durable since you’re not simply form of feeling such as you’re letting your self down, you’re attempting nearly slightly more durable on your teammate. He’s swinging it nice, placing me in good positions off the tee, enjoying from the green, chipping it good a pair occasions once we needed to, and all the things has simply been stable.”
Rai and Lipsky had six birdies, together with 4 on their solution to a 3-under par 33 on the entrance 9. Additionally they opened with a 61.
“We performed rather well collectively,” Rai mentioned. “(Lipsky) hit some excellent photographs early on. I made a few putts and we form of received the spherical going fairly early.
The daddy-son workforce of Jay Haas and Invoice Haas additionally made the lower on the quantity, following a 65 with a 71. At 68 years, 4 months, 20 days, Jay Haas, making his 799th official begin, is the oldest participant to make a PGA Tour lower.
Robert Garrigus and Tommy Gainey, every enjoying on sponsor exemptions, adopted a first-round 61 with a 78 to overlook the lower. Earlier within the week, Garrigus revealed he’s making use of for a launch with the PGA Tour to play the inaugural LIV Golf competitors.
The format shifts again to the best-ball Saturday. The ultimate spherical shall be alternate shot.