Schauf­fele sets course record

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - Sports -

Xan­der Schauf­fele be­gan his sec­ond round by miss­ing a 4- foot birdie putt. That was hardly a sign of what was to fol­low Fri­day in the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek in North Las Vegas, Nev.

Schauf­fele made putts as short as 3 feet and as long as 35 feet. He chipped in from 20 feet. He seem­ingly couldn’t miss dur­ing a two- hour stretch when he made seven birdies over eight holes, in­clud­ing six in a row, for a ca­reer- best 29 on the back nine.

His mo­men­tum slowed with the pace of play, and he set­tled an 8- un­der 64 for a three­shot lead over Tyrrell Hat­ton.

“Some of those holes, you’re not re­ally try­ing to birdie them, you’re just try­ing to leave your­self an up­hill 35- footer. And for­tu­nately, I made a cou­ple of them,” Schauf­fele said. “It was a nice stretch. Got a lit­tle bit stale there on the other side. Pace of play slowed down a lot, kind of hot, easy to let the mind wan­der.

“Up­set I didn’t make more birdies, but pleased I didn’t make any bo­geys.”

He was at 14- un­der 130 and now has the course record at Shadow Creek, which is play­ing host to the CJ Cup for this year only be­cause the COVID- 19 pan­demic made travel to South Korea im­prac­ti­cal.

Two share lead

English­man Matt Wal­lace carded a 5- un­der 67 Fri­day at Fair­mont St An­drews to join Adrian Otaegui in the Scot­tish Cham­pi­onship lead. Wal­lace took ad­van­tage of fa­vor­able morn­ing con­di­tions by mak­ing six birdies and a sin­gle bo­gey to reach 12 un­der par. He went into the club­house with a twoshot lead, but overnight leader Otaegui fought hard in his af­ter­noon round, im­prov­ing his for­tunes on his back nine. There, the Spa­niard made four birdies and a bo­gey to fol­low up his open­ing round of 62 with a 70. Aaron Rai, the win­ner of the Scot­tish Open two weeks ago, made two ea­gles in his first six holes and was one shot back.

Cham­pi­ons rained out

The first round of the Do­min­ion En­ergy Char­ity Clas­sic in Rich­mond, Va., was post­poned be­cause of rain. The 54- hole tour­na­ment at the Coun­try Club of Vir­ginia was to be Phil Mick­el­son’s sec­ond start on the PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons. He won his de­but on the over- 50 tour at Ozarks Na­tional in Au­gust. The tour planned to send play­ers off from split tees Satur­day morn­ing and the sec­ond round was set to be­gin Satur­day af­ter­noon, with the goal of com­plet­ing the tour­na­ment by Sun­day evening.

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