This week: Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, through Sunday, TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas.
In the field: Puyallup’s Ryan Moore, Gig Harbor’s Kyle Stanley, University Place’s Michael Putnam and Olympia’s Andres Gonzales.
Second-round scores: Moore fired an 8-under-par 63, Gonzales shot a 4-under 67, Putnam had a 2-under 69, and Stanley shot a 2-over 73.
Positions: Moore (10-under 132) is alone in seventh place, five strokes behind leader Webb Simpson (15-under 127). Stanley and Gonzales (both at 2-under 140) and Putnam (even-par 142) missed the cut Friday.
Recap: Now that is more like how a defending tournament champion is supposed to attempt to keep his title. After opening with a third-hole bogey, Moore reeled off nine birdies over the next 14 holes. All but one of those birdies came on putts of 12 feet or shorter, which showed how sharp the Cascade Christian product was with his iron play. Gonzales was 1 over through eight holes before ripping through the back nine (birdies at Nos. 12, 14 and 16-17). And he faced an 11-foot putt for birdie that would have put him inside the cut line, but the ball slid right at the hole. Stanley got off to a horrible start with double bogeys at No. 3 (a three-putt from 25 feet) and No. 6 (approach shot came off the front of the green and back into the fairway). He birdied three consecutive holes (Nos. 11-13) but was done in by a bogey at the 17th hole, a par 3, where he hit his tee shot into a bunker to the right of the green and could not get up-and-down from 12 feet. When Putnam made the turn and bogeyed No. 1 (his 10th hole), his hopes of making the cut all but vanished.
Moore’s tee time Saturday: 12:25 p.m.
Next for Stanley: CIMB Classic starting Thursday at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.firstname.lastname@example.org