Genesis Open 2021: Sam Burns Takes Commanding Lead with 2nd-Round 66

Genesis Open 2021: Sam Burns Takes Commanding Lead with 2nd-Round 66

Sam Burns hits his second shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the Genesis Invitational golf tournament at Riviera Country Club, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)

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Sam Burns is simply 36 openings far from his very first PGA Tour success after expanding his cause 5 strokes at the Genesis Invitational onFriday A second-round 66 relocated the 24-year-old Louisiana belonging to 12-under on a day with a predicted cut line of even the same level.


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The over night leader @SamBurns66 expands his margin to 4.

That does not indicate he’s fled with the Genesis yet.

Burns will certainly need to repel Jordan Spieth, Wyndham Clark, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Dustin Johnson and also others on the leading 10 of the leaderboard.

Here’s a take a look at the standings heading right into Saturday at Riviera Golf Course in Pacific Palisades, California.

Genesis Invitational Friday Leaderboard

1. Sam Burns (-12 )

T-2. Tyler McCumber (-7 )

T-2. Jason Kokrak (-7 )

T-2. Dustin Johnson (-7 )

T-2. Joaquin Niemann (-7 )

T-6. Max Homa (-6 )

T-6. Jordan Spieth (-6 )

T-6. Wyndham Clark (-6 )

T-9. Alex Noren (-5 )

T-9. Scott Harrington (-5 )

T-9. Cameron Smith (-5 )

T-9. Patrick Cantlay (-5 )

T-9. Matthew Fitzpatrick (-5 )

Notables: T-14. Brooks Koepka (-4 ), T-14. Tony Finau (-4 ), T-19. Jon Rahm (-3 ), T-28. Xander Schauffele (-2 ), T-41. Matthew Wolff (-1 ), T-56. Harold Varner III (E), T-56. Collin Morikawa (E).

Missed Cut: Luke List, Doug Ghim, Matt Kuchar, Sergio Garcia, Ryan Armour, Bryson DeChambeau, Gary Woodland, Bubba Watson, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas

Full leaderboard offered through PGA Tour’s main web site.


After firing a 64 on Thursday, Burns drained pipes 5 birdies with no bogeys in Round 2. He taped 2.19 strokes got per putt while balancing over 300 backyards on his drives.

Birdies on theNos 1, 6, 10, 12 and also 17 openings maintained Burns in top place, though he missed out on chances to extend his lead even more by missing out on a birdie putt on the par-fiveNo 11 by hardly 2 feet.

The LSU item hasn’t gotten a professional success because winning the Savannah Golf Championship on the Korn Ferry Tour in 2018. A win at the Genesis would certainly go a lengthy methods towards showing himself deserving of incorporation amongst the sporting activity’s arising celebrities like Collin Morikawa, Matthew Wolff and also (*66 *) Hovland.

The remainder of the area will not make it simple on him.


Rolling them in from almost everywhere!

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Dustin Johnson, theNo 1-ranked golf player worldwide, made a solid proving Friday, leaping 10 places right into a connection for 2nd location with a round of 67. Johnson had his putter functioning very well as he birdied 5 openings with one bogey.

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What a putt by @DJohnson PGA.

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“There’s no chance of holing this.”

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He signs up with 4 others at -6 (T5) @TheGenesis Inv.


If except playing it secure and also disabling onNo 18 to make the same level, Johnson can’ve held back 2nd location by himself heading right intoSaturday Instead, he’s linked with 3 others aiming to make their relocation.

For the 3rd week straight, Spieth has actually likewise revealed a significant quantity of grace on the training course– something that’s been doing not have from his video game over the last few years. He shot back-to-back rounds of 68 to start the weekend break and also hasn’t allow the periodic error torment his day.


Birdie searching.

That’s an additional one for @JordanSpieth to relocate right into solo 3rd.



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It’s @JordanSpieth’s 2nd birdie of the day and also he’s rolling.


Spieth birdied on the very first opening however complied with up with a bogey onNo 2. Yet he was under the same level prior to getting to the back 9. From there, the 27-year-old Texas indigenous made 3 even more birdies prior to missing out on a par putt onNo 18 by 8 inches. A frustrating bogey on the last opening apart, it was the kind of efficiency Spieth has actually revealed himself with the ability of constructing off in current weeks.


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@BKoepka grabs his very first among the day at the par-5 11th. He’s T5.


He simply hasn’t had the ability to liquidate on a solid note. Spieth will certainly have an additional chance to do so this weekend break, this time around without the stress of hanging on to a lead.