Matthews shines in round two

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Ex­eter na­tive Bran­don Matthews saw al­most ev­ery­thing fall into place in Fri­day’s sec­ond round of the Tour qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment in Chan­dler, Ari­zona.

The for­mer Pittston Area High School star made seven birdies, an ea­gle and two bo­geys en route to a 7-un­der-par 65, which moves him to 8 un­der at the mid­way point of the 72-hole event at Whirl­wind Golf Club. The leader is at 16-un­der par through two rounds.

Fri­day’s round came at the Devil’s Claw course, where Matthews got off quickly with birdies at Nos. 2 and 4, then poured in an ea­gle putt on the par-5 sixth. He fol­lowed with a birdie at No. 8 to reach 5 un­der for the day, but bo­geyed the ninth and 11th be­fore rat­tling off four birdies over the next five holes.

Thurs­day’s open­ing round at The Cat­tail saw Matthews make just one birdie and 17 pars, the most in any round since he turned pro­fes­sional last sea­son.

Matthews is in 49th place. The win­ner at Q-school gets fully ex­empt sta­tus on the Tour for the 2019 reg­u­lar sea­son. Fin­ish­ers in sec­ond through 10th are guar­an­teed en­try into the first 12 events, while play­ers in 11th through 40th are guar­an­teed to play the first eight events.

Those who fin­ish out­side the top 40 gets con­di­tional sta­tus, which means they can play, based on or­der of fin­ish, when spots are avail­able.


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