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Snedeker, Scott separate themselves from the field

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By Zak Kozuchowski

GolfWRX Managing Editor

By the time first-round leader Adam Scott teed of in the second round of the British Open, he was no longer the leader. He was several shots behind Brandt Snedeker, who disected Royal Lythm & St. Annes in Round 2, matching the course record Scott had tied in Round 1 with a 64.

Snedeker’s rounds of 66-64 tied Nick Faldo’s record for the lowest 36-hole score in British Open history. Faldo posted his 130 score at Murfield in 1992, a tournament he went on to win over John Cook by one shot.

“I’ve gotten fortunate for when I haven’t driven it in play I’ve been able to get up around the greens this week,” Snedeker said.  “And my iron play has been pretty? I call it boring golf.  I’m shooting away from every pin, trying to put it 25, 30 feet away and hopefully make some putts, which I’ve done the first two days and hopefully plan on doing the next few days.”

Scott got off to much slower start in Round 2, playing his first six holes at 1-over, but birdies at Nos. 7, 10 11 and 18 put him in solo second place, only one back of Snedeker heading into the weekend.

Three-time British Open champion Tiger Woods is alone in third place after a second-straight 67. He closed out his round with birdies on two of his last three holes to put himself within striking distance of the lead. Woods ended his round in dramatic fashion. After finding his first bunker of the week on his approach shot to No. 18, he holed his bunker shot, releasing a Tiger-esque fist pump with full sound effects.

“Overall I’m very pleased at where I’m at,” Woods said. ” We’re at the halfway point and I’m right there in the mix.”

Overnight rains turned several of Royal Lythm & St. Annes bunkers into small ponds, but weather was again not a factor for players in Round 2. The forecast for the weekend does not call for rain, which Woods said should make “for a good weekend.”

After a 67 in Round 1, Rory McIlroy struggled to second-round 75. Lee Westwood is also well back of the lead, following a 3-over 73 with a round of even par, making the cut on the number at 3-over. Phil Mickelson closed out a disappointing week, missing the cut with rounds of 73-78.

Other prominent names near near the top of leader board include Matt Kuchar and Jason Dufner (-4), Ernie Els (-3) and Luke Donald and Steve Stricker (-2).

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Zak is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX.com. He's been a part of the company since 2011, when he was hired to lead GolfWRX's Editorial Department. Zak developed GolfWRX's Featured Writer Program, which supports aspiring writers and golf industry professionals. He played college golf at the University of Richmond (Go Spiders!) and still likes to compete in tournaments. You can follow Zak on Twitter @ZakKoz, where he's happy to discuss his game and all the cool stuff that's part of his job.

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  1. Troy Vayanos

    Jul 21, 2012 at 2:41 am

    It’s set up for a great weekend finish. So many big names at the top of the leaderboard.

    Being an Australian i’m really hoping Adam Scott can win this one and his 1st major championship.

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Lexi Thompson signs multi-year endorsement deal to play Bridgestone ball

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Lexi Thompson, who currently plays Bridgestone’s Tour B X ball, will now do so in an official capacity. The company announced today it inked the 22-year-old to a multi-year deal.

The eight-time LPGA Tour winner had been playing Bridgestone’s B330-S for the past two seasons.

“I’ve used Bridgestone for years and the new Tour B product is shockingly good,” said Thompson. “It gives me tremendous distance off the tee without sacrificing any performance around the green. What’s more, I feel confident hitting any type of shot the situation calls for.”

“When I’m testing a golf ball, I look for three things – distance, accuracy and feel,” said Thompson. “For me, the new Tour B delivered in spades. I’ve never played anything that has responded so positively to any situation the golf course throws at me.”

Bridgestone’s Tour B Series includes four models–X, XS, RX and RXS (each $44.99). The company leveraged data from more than three million consumer ball fittings, as well as third-party insights and Bridgestone’s own resources, to create the four-ball lineup.

RELATED: Bridgestone’s Tour B balls were designed with the player in mind

Bridgestone’s professional staff includes, among others, Tiger Woods, Brandt Snedeker, Matt Kuchar, Fred Couples, and Bryson DeChambeau.

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Sergio Garcia WITB 2018 (with commentary from Sergio)

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This special-edition of Sergio Garcia’s WITB includes commentary about his clubs from a podcast he recently did with Callaway, Garcia’s new equipment sponsor. Below are the clubs he is using in Singapore this week.

Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi KuroKage Dual Core 70TX
Sergio says: “This new driver feels really, really good. I love the ball flight. I can hit it both ways, left to right, or right to left. And I’ve been driving it quite well. So that gives me even more confidence.”

3 Wood: Callaway Rogue 3+ (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi KuroKage XT 80TX

5 Wood: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi KuroKage XT 80TX

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro 16 (3-4 iron), Callaway Apex MB 18 (5-9 iron)
Shafts: Nippon Modus 130x

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 4 (48-10, 54-10 and 58-08)
Shafts: Nippon Modus 130x
Sergio says: “I loved the wedges right away. They feel so much better for me. I got a lot more spin and different ball trajectories. And because I get more spin, I can be more aggressive with my chipping.”

Putter: Odyssey Toulon Azalea

Golf Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft
Sergio says: “My golf ball feels really nice. It’s definitely much better around the greens for me. It was important for me to make sure I liked the golf ball (when I came to Callaway)… It’s very important to see and feel that you can work the ball, and flight the ball. And that’s obviously one of the reasons why I decided to come to Callaway.”

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Sergio’s switch to Callaway in our forums

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge at the TPC Stadium Course at PGA West (7,113 yards, par 72) in La Quinta, California.

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The field this week is headlined by Jon Rahm, who’s currently ranked No. 3 in the Official World Golf Rankings after his second-place finish at the 2018 Sentry Tournament of Champions two weeks ago. Joining him in the field are notables John Daly, Brian Harman, last week’s Sony Open champion Patton Kizzire, Phil Mickelson, Jimmy Walker and Bubba Watson.

Defending-champion Hudson Swafford notched his first career victory at the 2017 CareerBuilders Challenge, where he won by one stroke over Adam Hadwin. He’ll be back in the field this year to defend his title.

Check out our photos from the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge below!

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