Getting three points on the second day, Arjun Atwal took his tally to +9 to sit eight places below his first-round position.Getting three points on the second day, Arjun Atwal took his tally to +9 to sit eight places below his first-round position.
Scott Stallings made eagles on No. 2 and No. 5 en route to a +11 score, which took him to +23 points and ninth place.
Following the best round of the day at the Barracuda Championship, Troy Merritt has jumped into the lead, holding a four-point edge heading into tomorrow's final round of play.
A PGA Tour statement added: "The PGA TOUR has implemented its response plan in consultation with medical experts, including working with those who may have had close contact with Grace".
"Don't get beat again like past year when we had the lead after 54", Merritt said. The Indian is playing his second straight week after the 3M Open.
"Relief to get into the weekend, but disappointed not to make use of any of the Par-5s today". The putting still requires some work and it is crucial in an aggressive format like this.
"Those are the big points".
"I really wanted to make that last putt", said Merritt. But he felt exhausted Friday night and thought it had to do with playing in altitude. This morning, I notified the PGA Tour about my symptoms before going to the golf course.
In this system, golfers get +8 for an albatross, +5 for an eagle, +2 for a birdie, zero for par, minus one for bogey and minus three for double bogey or worse.
On the back nine, Merritt birdied 12 and bogeyed 14 before back-to-back birdies at 16 and 17. He also had six birdies and two bogeys in his afternoon round Friday.
The 32-year-old South African was in a share of second at the PGA Tour event in Nevada but withdrew ahead of the third round and will now go into isolation for 10 days. The victor earns a spot in the field at next week's PGA Championship, if not already exempt.
A top-two finish here will earn Merritt a spot in the 2020 US Open and he is already in the field for next week's 2020 PGA Championship.