Schauffele leads Hatton at CJ Glass

Defending champ Justin Thomas six off the speed; Rory McIlroy in the group tied-26th after second-round 69

By Ali Stafford

Final Updated: 17/10/20 1: 28am

Xander Schauffele became available a three-shot lead at the CJ Cup

Xander Schauffele became available a three-shot lead at the CJ Cup

Xander Schauffele became available a three-shot lead at the CJ Cup

Xander Schauffele produced an impressive birdie set you back open up a three-shot lead in the halfway stage of The CJ Glass at Las Vegas.

Schauffele posted six straight birdies in the way to a blemish-free 64 within good scoring conditions at Darkness Creek, taking him to fourteen under and pulling him free from nearest challenger Tyrrell Hatton.

Hatton, the overnight innovator, birdied his final two openings to post a four-under 68 plus jump into second ahead of Russell Henley, with Talor Gooch 6 strokes back in fourth after a bogey-free 65.

Hatton is looking for a second win within as many weeks, having won the THE CAR PGA Championship on Sunday

Hatton is looking for a second win within as many weeks, having won the THE CAR PGA Championship on Sunday

Hatton is looking for a second win within as many weeks, having won the THE CAR PGA Championship on Sunday

It was a nice extend, ” Schauffele said about their birdie run. “Got a little bit dull there on the other side. Pace of perform slowed down a lot, kind of hot and it’s really easy to let the mind wander. Cantankerous I didn’t make more birdies, but pleased I didn’t create any bogeys. ”

Starting on the back nine, Schauffele missed a four-foot birdie possibility at the tenth but holed one particular from a similar distance at the following and fired his tee photo at the par-three 13th to tap-in range.

Xander Schauffele criticised the particular pace of play after relocating top of the leaderboard at The CJ Glass in Las Vegas.

Schauffele holed further birdies through 25 feet at the 14th plus 35 feet at the 15th prior to getting up and down from the perimeter to pick up another shot at the par-five 16th and then chipping in through off the 17th green.

The world No 8 reached the particular turn in 29 after draining the 15-footer at the 18th for a 6th consecutive birdie, only to see their run end with a two-putt on the first. Schauffele made a 15-footer at the seventh to extend his business lead, before converting a ten-footer in order to save par on his final hole.

Xander Schauffele criticised the pace associated with play after moving top of the leaderboard at The CJ Cup in Vegas.

Hatton acquired set the pace after a good opening-round 65 and continued their strong start with a birdie in the fifth and back-to-back gains through the seventh, only to bogey the 11th after failing to get up and down through the greenside bunker.

The particular Englishman responded with a 25-foot birdie at the next and rolled within a 10-footer at the 14th, before cancelling out successive bogeys from the fifteenth by producing a birdie-birdie finish to obtain back to 11 under.

Hatton will play together with Schauffele on Saturday

Hatton will play alongside Schauffele upon Saturday

Hatton may play alongside Schauffele on Saturday

PGA Champion Collin Morikawa jumped within six from the lead after a bogey-free 65 plus Matt Fitzpatrick sits a further chance back despite a double-bogey plus two bogeys over his shutting five holes, while defending champ Justin Thomas heads into the weekend break tied-eighth after a six-under 66.

Jon Rahm – the particular highest-ranked player in the field – fought to an one-over 73 to drop to four under, with Rory McIlroy a further two strokes behind right after mixing seven birdies with 4 bogeys in an eventful 69.

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