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Svensson retains lead in Barbasol PGA Tour Championship


Adam Svensson hits on the fifth hole during the second round of the Barbasol Championship golf tournament, Friday, July 8, 2022, in Nicholasville, Kentucky. (AP Photo/John Amis)


Adam Svensson shot a 5-under 67 and had a three-stroke lead in the Barbasol Championship when second-round play Friday at waterlogged Keene Trace was suspended due to darkness.

Svensson had a total of 15 under 129 at Keene Trace, where a midday thunderstorm followed heavy morning fog. The game was delayed by a total of 5 hours and 20 minutes with half the pitch unable to complete the round.

The rain softened the greens even more than in the first round, where two-thirds of the field shot par or better. It also extended the course by 7,328 yards, although Svensson continued to set the pace with seven birdies that offset bogeys at the par-4 third and par-3 16th. He shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday.

“The greens were still rolling well, but they were just wet, so you had to hit a lot of soft shots into the green and a lot of iron shots or chippy wedges,” said the Canadian, who took an hour-long nap in his car during a delay.

Trey Mullinax made a 20-footer for a birdie at the par-4 13th to reach 13 under and end his day.

Mark Hubbard (67), Robin Roussel (68) and Brandon Hagy (62) were at 12 under, while Tom Lewis (four holes remaining) was also at 12 under with Jonathan Byrd (five holes remaining), Matti Schmid (eight holes remaining) remaining) and Max McGreevy (nine holes remaining).

Hagy started at No. 10 and hit the par-4 18th hole with a 148-yard shot from left rough with a 50-degree wedge.

“I was on the side slope there in the rough and it was a hairpin left, so not a lot for me there,” Hagy said. “But I caught a decent lie and when I hit it my caddy thought it was a bit too much and I was like, ‘No, I think that’s pretty good. He just landed, took a jump and went straight into the hole, so that was pretty cool.


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