Schauffele takes the lead early with Birdie Blitz in Las Vegas


© Reuters. PGA: CJ Cup – First Round

(Reuters) – Xander Schauffele pocketed seven birdies over his first nine holes to score five strokes in front of three players in the middle of his second round at the CJ Cup in Las Vegas on Friday.

The 26-year-old American started in ninth place and caught the 11th birdie. Then he caught fire from par 13 when his tee shot almost found the trophy. He continued making the birdie putt and carding more birdies on his next five holes.

Behind Schauffele were Tyrrell Hatton and Matthew Fitzpatrick from England and his compatriot Russell Henley, all eight of whom were below average for the tournament.

The CJ Cup was relocated from South Korea to Shadow Creek in Las Vegas this year due to travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the 78-player event, attended by many of the world's best golfers, there is no cut.

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