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JT Shriners Open Second Round Review

Melina Vastola-US Presswire

Jonas Blixt shot his second successive round of 64 in the JT Shiners Open on Friday. With several players still out on the course he looked to have established a decent lead ahead of the third round on Saturday. Some of the leading contenders had yet to finish their second rounds but it will take a bunch of birdies for any other player to have the overnight lead.

Blixt’s round remarkably included a bogey and a double bogey, scores which were offset by an eagle and eight birdies. The two over par score came on the par 3 17th hole and without that poor hole he would be even better placed at the close of play.

The average winning score over the last six years at TPC at Summerlin is 22 under so this tournament often develops into a putting contest. The stats of previous winners indicate that putting and birdie conversion are the key requirements for good scoring.

Blixt is a 2011 graduate of the Web.com Tour. His best finish on the main Tour is third at the Byron Nelson Championship in May. He is currently 71st in the Money List which means he has already secured his playing privileges for next year. The leading 125 players at the end of the Fall Series in three weeks retain their card.

Overnight leader and our Player in Focus Ryan Moore was 1 over par after seven holes on Friday. After a very low score it is very difficult for a player to focus in his next round and clearly Moore was not going to match his first day score of 61.

The other significant move up the leaderboard was made by Kevin Na (pictured) , the defending champion. His five under par round did not include a bogey and he made progress over the rest of the field with five birdies.

Las Vegas resident Nick Watney had some work to do over his closing holes to stay in touch with the leaders. He was one under for his round after seven holes and required a run of birdies over the back nine to get in contention on one of his local courses.