Graeme McDowell, Patrick Cantlay Lead at Riviera

Patrick Cantlay made it two straight days atop the leaderboard at the Genesis Open, joined there by Graeme McDowell at 7-under through 36 holes.

McDowell is in pursuit of his first pro win since the took the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in November 2015.  He won eight tournaments including the 2010 US Open between 2010-2015 but none since.

Cantlay finished his round with three straight birdies on the back nine including a near-ace on No. 6.

I actually missed a little to the right, but it’s a bowl back there, so as long as you get the number right, it should be pretty close,” Cantlay said.

McDowell has gone 59 starts since his last win and is out of the top 200 in the Official World Golf Rankings.

Sam Saunders is also at 7-under but had to head to the clubhouse after 15 holes on account of darkness. Ryan Moore is at 6-under through 17.

Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas both fought their way into a tie for 15th at 2-under. Thomas shot an eve-par 71 and McIlroy a 2-under 69 to both sit at 2-under. That’s one shot ahead of Jordan Spieth, who hit a 70 to reach 1-under.

Defending champion Dustin Johnson made the cut by a single stroke. He was 2-under on the day to get down to 1-over after his ugly 74 on Thursday.

Tiger Woods found himself on the other side of that coin, bombing out to a 5-over 76 to miss the cut and finish tied for 116h.

 

 

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