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Chase Seiffert tossed together a 3-under-par 36-33=69 during round two of the Workday Charity Open, climbing to 7-under 137 at the midpoint, good for an early seat inside of the top 10 with play still in progress.
The rookie from Florida State eased into his round then got dialed in on his way into the clubhouse. It started at the par-5 11th when he missed a birdie chance from just inside of nine feet. He followed that up with three birdies in a row, all set up wedges or short irons, and converted from inside eight feet. Overall, he had nine scoring chances inside of 10 feet on his final eight holes today. That helped him gain 3.2 strokes approaching-the-green today. That's a number he'd already reached three times in his young career, including round one last week at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. In fact, he's gained strokes on approach in seven straight events heading into the week. His strong iron play should make him a strong fantasy sleeper whenever the TOUR heads to a second-shot course, which is what many golfers use to describe this week's Muirfield Village Golf Club. The best finish of his rookie campaign is a T21 at The American Express but he does have a T9 on his resume which happened before he had a PGA TOUR card (2018 Travelers Championship).
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Bo Van Pelt didn't make it through the second weather delay, withdrawing during round two of the Workday Charity Open. He was 6-over thru 34 at the time of his WD.
BVP has plenty of Muirfield Village success on his resume but this was his first appearance at Jack's Place since the 2015 Memorial. Overall, he arrived with a 10-for-12 record at MVGC with seven top 25s but his baseline performance numbers have obviously dipped over the last few years. Van Pelt still gave it a go, circling four birdies in 34 holes played but called it quits when a second weather delay hit on Friday. He chose not to wait out the second storm just two play two holes. Gamers should continue to treat BVP as a longshot to contend until he flashes any sign of regained form.
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Sam Burns made quick work of Muirfield Village Golf Club, coasting to a bogey-free, 6-under-par 33-33=66 to reach 9-under 135 at the midpoint which is just four shots behind the torrid pace set by Collin Morikawa.
The LSU product did not have a lot of great looks today but made the most of his round when opportunities presented themselves. Five of his six birdies were converted from outside of eight feet and had just one scoring chance inside of eight feet. Overall, it was a balanced attack as he walked off the course gaining more than a stroke over the field in all four sub-categories of strokes gained. Burns entered with a solo 81st and WD (after an opening 81) in two tries at Muirfield Village but he's playing much better this time around. The youngster arrived with back-to-back top 30s and he's now been inside of the top 30 after nine straight rounds.
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Patrick Reed stumbled out of the gate on Friday but rallied late to record a 2-under-par 32-38=70, reaching 6-under 138 at the midpoint to find himself inside of the top 10 on the live leaderboard.
Reed started his morning on the 10th tee and missed four putts from 5-to-11 feet on the opening holes to find himself 2-over thru 4. The Texan stayed calmed and closed in style with four birds on his final six holes, all from 8 feet and in. "I think the biggest thing was just trying to figure out the speed. I felt like I dialed down the speed pretty well on the putting green this morning, and then when I got to the first hole, putting on 10, felt like I hit a good putt and the ball just seemed to go. I hit that one six or seven feet by, missed that putt, and then from there just kind of seemed a little timid on speed." Reed hasn't found his putting stroke yet this week but on the bright side, he has gained strokes off-the-tee and on approach in each of the first two days. Unfortunately, he's only gained 1+ stroke putting in 4-of-18 rounds played at Muirfield Village Golf Club, losing strokes putting in 12 of those 18 rounds.
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The second round of the Workday Charity Open was delayed for a second time today due to dangerous weather in the area. The horn sounded at 2:44 p.m. ET and will likely put a hold on the play for the next few hours. UPDATE: Play is set to resume at 4:00 p.m. now.
There were two storms on the radar around the Dublin area today and the first one paused play at 11:43 a.m. and lasted around 80 minutes. The players returned to the course and got about an hour and a half of more action before storm number two rolled through. There is no current timetable for play to resume but it should be a couple of hours at the worst. One golfer that will now be able to kick their feet up is Ian Poulter. He completed his second round with a score of 3-under 69. The Englishman's putter remained hot for a second straight day. Poulter gained 3.786 strokes putting in round one and another 3.836 strokes today. He leads the field in that department with a remarkable +7.622 strokes through 36 holes.
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Collin Morikawa kept his foot on the gas during round two of the Workday Charity Open, concocting a 6-under-par 31-35=66 to reach 13-under 131 at the midpoint and post a six-shot lead in the clubhouse with play still in progress.
Morikawa wasn't as locked in today with his irons but his putter picked up the slack. Most notable were birdie conversions from 20'9" and 15'1" at the 2nd and 4th, respectively. He's making the game look simple this week with 21 (of 28) fairways found and 28 greens in regulation. Both figures rank inside of the top 15 on the live leaderboard. If there is one glaring weakness in the youngster's game then it's putting (171st on TOUR) but at the moment he currently finds himself gaining 5.7 strokes putting through 36 holes, good for seventh-best in the field thus far. If this lead holds then it'll be his first time sleeping on a 36-hole lead or co-lead on the PGA TOUR.
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Cameron Percy played just 27 holes before exiting early at the Workday Charity Open, citing a rib injury. He was 6-over and well outside of the cut line at the time of his WD.
The Aussie lost strokes to the field in all three tee-to-green categories on Thursday to swallow an opening 76. Things didn't get much better on Friday morning as he carded two birdies and two doubles on his outward nine. That is when the rain started pouring down and it likely made it an easy decision for Percy to pack his bags early. Playing in his 148th career TOUR event, this will just be his third mid-tourney WD. He has a similar ratio on the Korn Ferry circuit (3 in 170 starts). Gamers shouldn't expect this to become a trend but attrition is certainly possible for the now 46-year-old.
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Grayson Murray lasted just 28 holes before calling it quits at the Workday Charity Open, citing a lower back injury. He was 7-over at the time of his exit.
Murray has now played in four events since the restart (3 PGA TOUR, 1 Korn Ferry) and pulled out early in two of them. It will be his 8th career mid-tourney WD on the PGA TOUR (in 78 starts) and he also has two in 25 starts on the KFT. That is not a fun ratio to see for Murray backers. Gamers should continue to treat him as a high-risk option anytime he pegs it. He bagged four birdies this week but also swallowed seven bogeys and a pair of doubles.
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