Nate Lashley maintains PGA lead in Detroit

Cameron Smith is the only Australian to survive the cut at the Rocket Mortgage Classic PGA tournament in Detroit, where world No.353 Nate Lashey still leads.

Published: 29-Jun-2019      Updated: 25-Oct-2019 By Australian Associated Press
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Nate Lashley shot a five-under 67 on Friday (Saturday AEST) to top the Rocket Mortgage Classic PGA tournament leaderboard for the second straight day, while Cameron Smith was the only Australian to survive a tilt at the weekend.

Lashley had a 14-under 130 total at Detroit Golf Club.

Fellow American Cameron Champ was a stroke back after a 65 after he played the front nine in eight-under 28, matching the lowest nine-hole score on the PGA Tour this season.

Champ was under par for six holes, matching a mark this season on the tour, after opening with a par. He cooled off on a steamy day at Detroit Golf Club with a one-over 37 on the back nine.

Nate Lashley took advantage of the opportunity to put his name on top of the leaderboard ahead of the weekend.

"A lot of the weeks the courses are really difficult, so it's a nice change coming here," said Lashley, who is ranked No.353 in the world and No.132 in the FedEx Cup standings.

"I need a good week and move up into that top 125," he said.

"To do it this week comfortably would be great. To be able to kind of relax the last few events of the season would be really nice."

Charles Howell III (67) was two shots back. J.T. Poston (63) and Ryan Armour (69) were another stroke back.

Cameron Smith shot a solid four-under 68 to sit eight shots off the leader on six-under as the only Australian to beat the cut.

Among Smith's compatriots who missed the cut at the conclusion of the second round include Matt Jones, Rod Pampling (both two-under), Curtis Luck (one-under) and Cameron Davis (even-par).

Dustin Johnson, the world's second-ranked player, and U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland finished at two-under to also miss the cut, while Chez Reavie, who won the Travelers Championship last week, and Bubba Watson were also on the list of those who failed to make it to the weekend.


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