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We have reached the halfway point of the 2023 Shiners Open and the leaderboard has seen some significant changes already after a low-scoring Thursday was followed up with a more challenging Friday. The current leaders around TPC Summerlin are Lanto Griffin and Cameron Champ – two of only a handful of players to have found consistency across both days in Las Vegas.
As with every PGA Tour event, the end of day two sees a chunk of the field go home and the cut line this weekend was set at a very competitive -3. Several big names have missed the cut while a few players were left scrambling over the final few holes to guarantee their participation over the weekend.
Shriners Open 2023 leaderboard
Highlights from round two
Champ and Griffin take charge
Cameron Champ and Lanto Griffin are the men to beat this weekend after the American duo took charge of the tournament on Friday. Both men started well on day one with a 63 and 64 respectively, and they were the only two from day one’s top five to back it up with another low score on Friday.
Griffin’s round of 66 was made possible thanks to a red start which saw him birdie all four opening holes. He gave one back on the 5th before gaining two more shots on 16 and 18. Champ’s round was a lot more up and down with the 28-year-old mixing seven birdies with three bogeys over his 18 holes. The duo will play together on Saturday in the final group and will be hoping that remains the case on Sunday.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) October 14, 2023
Hossler falls away
Beau Hossler was the deserved leader after round one in Las Vegas thanks to a stunning open effort of 62. The 28-year-old was on track for a sub-60 round at one point but a bogey late on Thursday seems to have derailed him. He could only manage an even-par round of 71 in round two and although he is only three shots off the lead, it will have knocked his confidence.
Things weren’t going too badly for Hossler over the front nine on Friday and he made the turn two-under for his round. However, a bogey on ten and a horror show of a double bogey on the 17th pegged him back. Over two rounds at TPC Summerlin, Hossler is +3 on the 17th and he won’t be looking forward to tackling the challenging par three twice more this weekend.
Lexi Thompson misses the cut
The big story coming into this week was the inclusion of Lexi Thompson in the field at TPC Summerlin. The LPGA star, who has won eleven times on the women’s tour, may have been slightly disappointed with her opening effort of 73 on Thursday, however, she played superbly on Friday to card a much better round of 69.
Thompson drained a string of impressive putts on day two but the highlight was when she drove the green on the 300-yard par four 15th hole. Thompson has silenced a lot of doubters and naysayers this week who were quick to tell everyone prior to the tournament that she would finish way back in the standings and she has hopefully encouraged more women to pursue appearances on the PGA Tour.
— NUCLR GOLF (@NUCLRGOLF) October 13, 2023
Ryder Cup stars make the weekend
Two of Team Europe’s winning squad members from the recent Ryder Cup have been in action this week. Nicolai Hojgaard and Ludvig Aberg have both played their golf predominantly on the DP World Tour but will look to make a name for themselves on the PGA Tour in the coming years after their heroics in Rome.
Both men are chasing a first win on the PGA Tour and although neither of them is amongst the leaders as things stand, a lot can change in 36 holes and they have at least done enough to make the weekend. Hojgaard is currently on -7 after a great round of 65 on Friday while Aberg is on -4 after back-to-back rounds of 69. Could one of them make a charge on moving Saturday?
Shriners Open 2023 updated odds
- Cameron Champ – 5/1
- J.T Poston – 7/1
- Lanto Griffin – 8/1
- Henrik Norlander – 12/1
- Nick Taylor – 12/1
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