American Justin Thomas took the lead in the PGA ZOZO Championship on Friday, signing a second round of 65 (-7). For his part, Tiger Woods did much better than the day before at Thousand Oaks, California, but still remains far behind in the standings.
Author of a score of 76 (+4) Thursday, in the initial round, Woods rebounded well by signing a card of 66 (-6). The former world number one scored eight birdies and committed two bogueys, to bring his cumulative to 142 (-2). He is now 66th, 12 strokes from the top.
For his part, Justin Thomas had a second straight round of 65, which allowed him to take the lead with a cumulative 130 (-14). However, he is only one stroke ahead of South African Dylan Frittelli and American Lanto Griffin, who are tied for second.
Americans Patrick Cantlay and Scottie Scheffler are fourth, two strokes behind the leader.
Ninth in the first round, Ontarian Mackenzie Hughes had a more difficult day, finishing tied with par 72. Down 39 places, he is now 48th, nine strokes behind Thomas.
It was Corey Conners who posted the best Canadian performance of the day, cutting off five punches. With a record of 136 (-8), the Ontarian is 27th six strokes behind the leader.
Manitoban Nick Taylor is 40th with a score of 138 (-6) while Saskatchewan’s Adam Hadwin is 66th with a score of 142 (-2).
New leader in Greensboro
On the women’s tour, Ally MacDonald took the lead in the LPGA Drive On Championship in Greensboro, Ga., With a second round of 68 (-4).
The American has a cumulative 134 (-10) and is one step ahead of compatriot Danielle Kang and Bianca Pagdanganan of the Philippines.
For her part, Ontarian Alena Sharp climbed to 12th place after finishing her day with a card of 69 (-3). With a score of 139, she is five strokes behind on the summit.
After registering a first round of 80, Alberta’s Jaclyn Lee did better on Friday with a mark of 73 (+1). She nevertheless finished 99th, with 19 headers, and could not qualify for the final rounds.