Friday’s roundup: Rahm, Hurley three up on Singh
Bethesda, Md. — Jon Rahm was surprised about the level of fan support he has received at the Quicken Loans National, far away from his native Spain and where he went to school at Arizona State.
It helped Rahm was playing with local guy Bobby Hurley III and helped even more that the two players went shot-for-shot Friday to share the lead. Rahm and Hurley were tied at 11 under, three strokes ahead of Vijay Singh going into the weekend at Congressional.
Rahm, who’s playing his first event as a professional, said he couldn’t be happier by following a great first round with a second-round 67.
“I’m just lucky to be here today,” said Rahm, who led Thursday after a 64. “If you tell me 10 years ago when I was 11 years old that I would be leading a PGA Tour event when I was 21, I wouldn’t believe you.”
Rahm would’ve had sole possession of the lead had he not missed a 10-foot par putt on the 18th hole. As a result, he was tied with Hurley, a Naval Academy graduate who lives in nearby Annapolis and grew up in Leesburg, Va.
Hearing chants of the Annapolis zip code and more, Hurley shot a 6-under 65.
“I just hit a lot of good shots,” Hurley said. “I was just able to keep the pedal down and continue to attack the golf course, which is not something you usually do around Congressional.
“But being soft I was able to take advantage of the conditions and get the ball a little closer to the hole than you’re used to.”
Before Rahm and Hurley even got onto the Blue Course, Singh put on a show to rival what Ernie Els did Thursday.
Singh turned in a 66 that was most memorable for his shot from the edge of the water on the 18th hole.
The 53-year-old Singh hasn’t won on the PGA Tour since 2008. He would be the oldest PGA Tour winner if he captures the Quicken Loans National, but said he wasn’t thinking about making that kind of history.
Sixth-ranked Rickie Fowler had just one bogey in his second round, shooting 68 to get to 6 under. Fowler ended his streak of missed cuts at three.
Estaban Toledo and Gene Sauers each shot 9-under 63 to share the first-round lead in the inaugural American Family Insurance Championship.
Fran Quin was a stroke back, making six birdies in an eight-hole stretch.
Ayako Uehara matched the course record with a 9-under 62 to take the first-round lead in the NW Arkansas Championship.
Candie Kung had a 64, and 13 players shot 65
South Africa’s Branden Grace, ranked No. 11, withdrew from the Rio Games, becoming the fourth golfer to cite the Zika virus as a reason not to play.