LAS VEGAS (AFP) – Scotland’s Russell Knox and American Andrew Putnam, both seeking a first US PGA Tour title, shared the halfway lead Friday at the Shriners Hospitals Open in Las Vegas.
Putnam, making the fourth PGA Tour start of his career, had seven birdies and one bogey in his six-under 65, while Knox had six birdies and two bogeys in his 67.
They shared the lead in the second event of the US tour’s 2014-15 season on 10-under 132 – one shot in front of Americans Andrew Svoboda and Tony Finau.
Finau climbed up the leaderboard with a 65, while Svoboda posted a 67.
Putnam, who earned his PGA Tour card for this season via the Web.com developmental tour, has made the cut on the elite circuit for the first time.
Knox, meanwhile, heads into the weekend trying to improve on his career-best finish on the tour — his playoff loss at the Honda Classic last March.
Spencer Levin and George McNeill shared the low round of the day with blistering eight-under-par 63s.
They were among a group sharing fifth place on eight-under 134 along with Webb Simpson (65), Ben Martin (66), Bo Van Pelt (68), Scott Piercy (67), Wes Roach (67) and Scotland’s Martin Laird (70).
Laird had shared the first-round lead with former British Open champion Stewart Cink, who stumbled to a four-over 75 at TPC Summerlin to fall into a tie for 45th.