Maverick McNealy takes the halfway lead in California

Scotland’s Russell Knox four off the lead after second round 67 in Fortinet Championship

Scotland’s Russell Knox is four strokes off the lead in California. Photograph: Meg Oliphant/Getty

Scotland’s Russell Knox is four strokes off the lead in California. Photograph: Meg Oliphant/Getty

 

Scotland’s Russell Knox fired a five-under 67 to be four shots off the lead at the halfway stage of the Fortinet Championship in California.

After a solid first round 69, the 36-year-old recovered from a bogey five at the first hole to card four birdies in the space of six holes on the front nine, and added two more on the 14th and 16th.

At eight-under par he was in a three-way tie for seventh behind pacesetter Maverick McNealy, who followed a 68 with a superb 64 to be 12-under for the tournament.

McNealy’s fellow American Beau Hossley also shot a 64 to take a share of second place at 10-under with Mito Pereira after the Chilean’s successive 67s.

Americans Troy Merritt (68), Will Zalatoris (67) and Bronson Burgoon (67) shared fourth place a shot further back.

England’s David Skinns was the only other Briton apart from Knox to survive the cut, his one-under 71 leaving him on the threshold score of three-under, while England’s Danny Willett (72), Aaron Rai (72) and Callum Tarren (74) failed to make it to the weekend.

Collated second round scores & totals in the USPGA Tour Fortinet Championship (USA unless stated, Par 72):

132 Maverick McNealy 68 64

134 Beau Hossler 70 64, Guillermo Mito Pereira (Chi) 67 67

135 Bronson Burgoon 68 67, Troy Merritt 67 68, Will Zalatoris 68 67

136 Russell Knox (Sco) 69 67, Matt Kuchar 70 66, Harold Varner III 68 68

137 John Augenstein 68 69, Tom Hoge 71 66, Jim Knous 70 67, Nate Lashley 67 70, David Lipsky 73 64, Peter Malnati 71 66, Scott Stallings 67 70

138 Mark Hubbard 70 68, Si Woo Kim (Kor) 68 70, Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn) 69 69, Scott Piercy 69 69, Patrick Rodgers 68 70, Cameron Tringale 66 72, Dawie van der Walt (Rsa) 68 70

139 Aaron Baddeley (Aus) 71 68, Wyndham Clark 68 71, Austin Cook 68 71, Jason Dufner 67 72, Talor Gooch 69 70, Scott Gutschewski 69 70, Max Homa 67 72, Patton Kizzire 69 70, Phil Mickelson 70 69, Chengtsung Pan (Tai) 71 68, Taylor Pendrith (Can) 71 68, Austin Smotherman 70 69, Sahith Theegala 69 70, Kevin Tway 70 69

140 Ryan Armour 72 68, Joseph Bramlett 70 70, Charley Hoffman 69 71, Marc Leishman (Aus) 69 71, Cameron Percy (Aus) 71 69, Chez Reavie 65 75, Sam Ryder 69 71, Chase Seiffert 73 67, Greyson Sigg 68 72, Adam Svensson (Can) 70 70, Dylan Wu 70 70

141 Paul Barjon (Fra) 70 71, Quade Cummins 72 69, Michael Gligic (Can) 71 70, Lanto Griffin 73 68, Nick Hardy 69 72, Jim Herman 70 71, Sung-Hoon Kang (Kor) 70 71, Luke List 71 70, Matthew NeSmith 73 68, Sean O’Hair 69 72, Andrew Putnam 72 69, Adam Schenk 68 73, Webb Simpson 70 71, David Skinns (Eng) 70 71, Brendan Steele 70 71, Nick Taylor (Can) 70 71, Vaughn Taylor 70 71, Michael Thompson 72 69, Brendon Todd 71 70, Peter Uihlein 68 73, Nick Watney 71 70, Justin Suh 70 71,

142 Tyler Duncan 74 68, James Hahn 73 69, J. B. Holmes 71 71, Charles Howell III 70 72, Adam Long 70 72, Trey Mullinax 73 69, Aaron Rai (Eng) 70 72, (Cha) Ramey 73 69, Doc Redman 71 71, Davis Riley 72 70, Brandt Snedeker 68 74, J. J. Spaun 70 72, Kyle Stanley 71 71, Curtis Thompson 71 71, Martin Trainer 70 72, Bo Van Pelt 75 67, Danny Willett (Eng) 70 72,

143 Scott Brown 70 73, Bill Haas 69 74, Adam Hadwin (Can) 66 77, Lucas Herbert (Aus) 71 72, Harry Higgs 71 72, Bo Hoag 72 71, Hank Lebioda 71 72, William McGirt 71 72, Ryan Moore 74 69, Turk Pettit 71 72, Jon Rahm (Spa) 72 71, Roger Sloan (Can) 70 73, Kristoffer Ventura (Nor) 72 71,

144 Hayden Buckley 71 73, Jonathan Byrd 69 75, Cameron Champ 73 71, Doug Ghim 70 74, Emiliano Grillo (Arg) 70 74, John Huh 71 73, Kelly Kraft 71 73, Jamie Lovemark 69 75, Ben Martin 70 74, Seung-Yul Noh (Kor) 72 72, Andrew Novak 70 74, Callum Tarren (Eng) 70 74, Vincent Whaley 71 73

145 Joshua Creel 73 72, Brice Garnett 73 72, Stephan Jaeger (Ger) 75 70, Max McGreevy 72 73, Seth Reeves 70 75, Brian Stuard 77 68

146 Jonas Blixt (Swe) 73 73, Brett Drewitt (Aus) 74 72, Brandon Hagy 74 72, David Hearn (Can) 72 74, Kurt Kitayama 76 70, Denny McCarthy 72 74, Kevin Na 69 77, Pat Perez 70 76, Alex Smalley 75 71, Brandon Wu 71 75, Josh McCarthy 74 72

147 Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha) 72 75, Chesson Hadley 71 76, Lee Hodges 73 74, Danny Lee (Nzl) 71 76, Tyler McCumber 70 77, Taylor Moore 74 73, J. T. Poston 76 71, Kevin Stadler 74 73, Chris Stroud 72 75, Hudson Swafford 77 70

148 Kramer Hickok 74 74, Justin Lower 69 79, D. J. Trahan 70 78, Trevor Werbylo 73 75, Cameron Young 75 73

149 Ben Kohles 74 75, Chun-Ant Yu (Tai) 71 78

150 Kevin Chappell 78 72, Jared Wolfe 75 75

151 Sepp Straka (Aut) 72 79

152 Dylan Frittelli (Rsa) 74 78

153 Michael Duncan 78 75

154 Andrew Landry 77 77

156 Sebastian Munoz (Col) 76 80, Ted Potter Jr. 74 82

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