Knox, Putnam tied in Las Vegas
(Reuters) - Russell Knox sank a 13-foot birdie at the final hole to join Andrew Putnam as leader of the $6.2 million Shiners Hospitals for Children Open after the second round in Las Vegas on Friday.
Knox, coming off a solid season in which he finished 40th in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings, overcame two early bogeys to card a four-under-par 67 at the TPC Summerlin in Nevada.
He and tour rookie Putnam, whose brother Michael also plays on tour, were at 10-under 132, a stroke ahead of Andrew Svoboda (67) and Tony Finau (65), while defending champion Webb Simpson (65) was among a group two shots behind.
Martin Laird was tied for the lead after 15 holes before making a double bogey to finish the day two shots off the pace.
Stewart Cink had a nightmare start with a quadruple-bogey at his second hole, where he took six strokes to hole out from a greenside bunker. He ended the round seven strokes back.
Knox, 29, has not won on Tour, his closest call coming in a four-way playoff at last year’s Honda Classic, but he has progressed steadily in his two-plus seasons on the game's biggest stage.
“I don’t want to change anything,” he told Golf Channel. “I feel my progression has been nice and steady and if I just keep doing the same things I’m doing, I’ll improve year after year.”
Not that his second round was all smooth sailing.
“I didn’t get off to a great start. I got a bit worried because I was all over the map I didn’t feel real good with my swing (but) I knew if I just made some pars eventually something would click and I made some putts which settled me down.” Continued...