Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele backed a record 59 in the first round of the Zurich Classic in New Orleans with a nice four-under 68 to retain the lead after round two.
The duo birdied holes two and four to get off to a good start, and their only bogey in the first two rounds – Friday’s 12 – was sandwiched between birdies on 10, 11 and 13.
Their figure of 17 under is a record 36 holes in the event.
Speaking to the media after the round, Cantlay said they were enjoying their form – and the vibe.
“I think we just wanted to hit a bunch of quality golf shots, and we did that today,” he said.
“We really fought and made a bunch of these mid-range putts, especially in the middle of the round, and it kind of kept the momentum going.
“I felt like we had good vibes all week and were playing really solid golf. Same game plan for the weekend.”
Schauffele added: “The alternate shot is an opportunity to do some cool things if you birdie a lot.
“But for the most part you’re trying to leave your partner in a good place to make an easy par.”
A swipe away are the pairings of Aaron Rai with David Lipsky and Doc Redman with Sam Ryder. These teams both shot five under after shooting 61 in the first round.
Jay Haas made history as the oldest player to appear in the final two days of a PGA Tour event, teaming up with his son Bill to shoot 65 on Thursday and follow it with a 66 in the format. hardest Friday to sit right on the eight-under cut line.
Cameron Tringale and Wyndham Clark are tied for fourth on 15 under, with South African duo of Branden Grace and Garrick Higgo, while Australia’s Jason Day and Jason Scrivener are one of two teams at 14 under tied for sixth place.
The Grace-Higgo and Day-Scrivener duos also shared the honors of the day, the former being bogey-free with seven birdies, and the latter with seven birdies, two bogeys and an eagle at seventh.
Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman, along with Bubba Watson and Harold Varner III, point to the stalemate at 11 under.
Masters champion Scottie Scheffler and teammate Ryan Palmer were a disappointment in the second round but were one of four pairs to advance despite an even shot for the day.