Lowry and Poulter five off the lead as Power and McDowell struggle

Cantlay and Schauffele take charge at Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Americans Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele followed up their sensational round of 59 on Thursday with a round 68 in foursomes to hold the halfway lead by one stroke at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on the PGA Tour.

Schauffele and Cantlay, who won both foursome games together at the 2021 Ryder Cup, had four birdies on their round, with a single dropped shot at the 12th hole to post 17-under-par 127 after two rounds at TPC Louisiana.

They led by two from Aaron Rai and David Lipsky, plus Doc Redman and Sam Ryder on 16 over. Cameron Tringale and Wyndham Clark finished up on 15 under alongside Garrick Higgo and Branden Grace, while Australian team Jason Day and Jason Scrivener, and Sam Burns and Billy Horschel were in the clubhouse at 14 under.

It was a tough day for the all-Irish team of Séamus Power and Graeme McDowell as they missed the cut on five under after a round of 74. Shane Lowry, playing with Ian Poulter, were battling to make the cut on seven under for the tournament, one over on the day after eight holes. However, the duo picked up four shots over the next ten to finish on three under for the day and 11 under overall, five shots back of the lead.

The Zurich Classic of New Orleans is an alternating-round fourball and foursomes competition, the second round being foursomes, with each team playing the one ball, with players will rotating tee shots.

On the DP World Tour, Scott Jamieson will take a two-shot lead into the weekend at the 2022 ISPS Handa Championship in Spain after a brilliant 63 on day two at Infinitum's Lakes Course.

The Scot started the day two shots off the lead at four under having managed to finish his first round on a weather-delayed opening day but he ended it at 11 under, leading the way from overnight leader Tapio Pulkkanen.

“It was another great day,” Jamison said. “Yesterday after five weeks off I was a little unsure about what I was going to get but it was a solid day and today was even better.”

Ireland's Niall Kearney made the cut on the number at one under after rounds of 68 and 71. Cormac Sharvin and Jonathan Caldwell missed the cut on two over.

Over in the LA Open, Leona Maguire looks unlikely to make the cut after a round of 73 before bad light suspended the second round. With six groups left to finish, Maguire on four-over sits one shot the wrong side of the three-over cut line.

It was the Cavan golfer's second successive round of 73, three bogeys cancelling out the same number of birdies while a double-bogey on the seventh ensured she was over par for the day.

Stephanie Meadow looks all but certain to miss the cut after a second round of 72. Though only one-over on the day, her first round 77 looks to have come back to haunt her when it comes to playing into the weekend.

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