PGA TOUR: Stroud stays hot; Landry coming back

Published 7:59 pm Friday, July 26, 2019

By the time lightning, thunder, hail and rain brought a premature conclusion to the second round of the Barracuda Championship at Montreux Golf Club in Reno, Nevada, Friday afternoon, Chris Stroud was high and dry and reflecting on another productive day.

Stroud, who had seen his first round halted with three holes to play Thursday, added two more points to his total Friday morning with a 14-foot birdie putt on his 17th hole. He then went back out and added eight more points in round two to reach the 36-hole mark with 18.

That left him tied for seventh with 72 players needing to return Saturday morning to complete their second round. Among those who will be out early is Andrew Landry who had played only three holes when play was stopped.

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Landry, facing an uphill battle to make the cut after finishing with a negative-6 points Thursday, made the most of the three holes. The PNG ex rolled in birdies on all three, from 7 feet, 7 inches, 13-10 and 5-9 to amass 6 points and get back to 0.

The projected cut is plus-5.

Stroud had one birdie and one bogey through 11 holes in his second round before going on a tear that saw him birdie four of the next five holes. He then averted disaster on the par-5, finishing hole by making an 11-foot bogey putt after driving into a penalty area.

Under the Stableford format used in the Barracuda, Stroud lost 1 point with the bogey. A double bogey would have cost him 3. Birdies are worth two points.

Among the players completing 36 holes, Tom Hoge was the leader with 21 points. Three players were at 20 points and two more were in at 19. But there were a handful of players still on the course likely to move past Hoge.

In other golf news Friday, another PNG ex, Braden Bailey, made the cut in his first professional tournament.

Bailey, after shooting 75 on Thursday, came roaring make with a 67 on Friday for a 36-hole score of 142 in the Cobank Colorado Open.

The recent Baylor grad made seven birdies against two bogeys to earn the right to hang around for the weekend and collect his first paycheck.