Rahm, Hurley share Quicken Loans lead

Fri Jun 24, 2016 11:03pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Spain's Jon Rahm kept up his impressive professional debut by posting a four-under-par 67 to share a three-shot, second-round lead with local favorite Billy Hurley III at the Quicken Loans National on Friday.

Overnight leader Rahm, the former Arizona State golfer who was the low amateur at last week's U.S. Open at Oakmont, held sole possession of the lead before missing a four-foot par putt at the last in Bethesda, Maryland.

Hurley, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate who calls nearby Annapolis his home, fired a six-under 65 to join playing partner Rahm on 11-under-par 131 at Congressional.

Alone in third place was 53-year-old Vijay Singh of Fiji, whose five-under 66 took him to eight-under at the halfway mark.

Lurking another shot back was Ernie Els, tied with three others at seven-under on the course where the big South African won his second U.S. Open crown in 1997.

Rahm was delighted that he was able to register another strong score in his second professional round after opening with a 64.

"I couldn't be happier," the 21-year-old from Barrika said. "(Thursday) was a great round and after a great round usually it's hard to follow it. I'm really proud of myself."

Three-times major champion Singh, who has not won on the PGA Tour since 2008, could become the circuit's oldest winner with a victory.

Hurley, looking for a first PGA Tour victory, credited his impressive start to his play on the greens.   Continued...

Jun 24, 2016; Bethesda, MD, USA; Jon Rahm of Spain hits his tee shot on the fourteenth hole during the second round of the Quicken Loans National golf tournament. at Congressional Country Club - Blue Course. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports