The weekend is setting up nicely at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Several key players turned in great performances in the second round and that ensures that there will be some great names making a run at the title.
Among the players to turn in solid efforts in round two were Luke Donald, Ernie Els, Rickie Fowler, and K.J. Choi. The fact that these guys are competitive at this event will make for some nice drama over the weekend.
Donald and Fowler were the big winners in round two. They each turned in a 65 to finish their rounds at 7-under par. In the first round, Donald finished 1-over, while Fowler finished a mere 1-under. Suddenly, both are within striking distance of the leader. This was a huge performance for Donald. He has been struggling over the last couple of tournaments and his first round did nothing to change. However, he was sharp this time around. He had five birdies and an eagle on the day. It was one of the best performances we have seen from him all year. Meanwhile, Fowler turned in eight birdies to go along with one bogey on the day. Both of these guys are among the most popular players in the field. It's great to see them near the top of the leaderboard.
The biggest winner of all on the day was Els. Desperate for a PGA Tour victory, the winner of multiple majors followed up his first round 66 with a 68 in round two. Els is at 10 under for the championship and will be among the leaders throughout the weekend. He has had just one bogey in each of the first two rounds. This is the kind of consistency we haven't seen from Els in a long time. Personally, I would love to see him keep it going and win one for the old guys.
These three will have plenty of competition over the weekend. Choi fired a 68 in the second round and have moved into the conversation. Meanwhile, guys like Steve Stricker and Bubba Watson are never too far behind. You always want to see the big names play well at these kinds of events. Fans are getting their wish so far.* - Mark Paul is an avid golf fan. He has watched and played the game since high school.
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