Surprising Nate Lashley Leads Again After Round 2 at Detroit Golf Club

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Detroit Golf Club, Detroit, MI — June 28, 2019

Making the most of the exemption that placed him in the Rocket Mortgage Classic as an alternate, Nate Lashley continues to lead the tournament after Round 2. A round of 67 gave Lashley a two-round total of 14 under par. Good enough for a single stroke lead over Cameron Champ. Who followed an opening day 66 with a 65 to post a score of 13 under par.

Leader Nate Lashley Lines up Putt During 2nd Round of Rocket Mortgage Classic / Photo Courtesy of the PGA Tour

Charles Howell III sits 3rd at 12 under. Ryan Armour and J.T. Poston tied for 4th at 11 under. Poston shot the low round of the day, a 63, combined with his opening round 70 to move within three strokes of the lead.

Champ Takes Early Lead With Incredible Front Nine

Cameron Champ put everyone on notice early in the second round when he shot 28 on the front nine. His 8 under par score included six birdies and an eagle on the Par 5, 7th hole.

Asked to comment on the incredible run, Champ responded. “Yeah, it’s just one of those nines kind of everything went my way. I made a few putts I really wasn’t expecting to make. Then, yeah, I just kept it going. I wasn’t really thinking much. At that point, it’s just the hole looks a little bit bigger for a while, so you just try to make as many as you can and that’s what I did. And then I fought pretty good on the back side to keep it.”

Lashley Maintains Composure After a Slow Opening

Starting on the back nine Lashley birdied the first hole. But, he gave the stroke back with a bogey on the 2nd. Three straight pars left him even for the round after 5 holes. Fortunately, he got things going through the middle of the round with four birdies over six holes.

What was your reaction, if you had one, to Champ’s day before you played? “Well, I saw Cameron started 7 under through seven and I knew going into today that there was going to be a lot of guys pass me. I knew that. I just wanted to go out today and play well and hit some good solid shots and make some putts and play some comfortable golf out there. After a few holes, that’s what I felt like I did.”

Asked about his confidence at the start of round 2, Nate admitted to a case of the nerves. “Well, I was definitely a little nervous. You know, it’s not easy backing up a 63, so first few holes were a little iffy. Hit some bad putts early and then kind of settled in once I made a couple of putts and got my round rolling around 16, 17 and played the front nine
solid.”

Failing to Make the Cut

The cut line score was five below par. Chez Reavie, who started the day tied for 4th, shot a 78 and missed the cut. Fan favorites Bubba Watson, Mike Weir, Jason Dufner, Dustin Johnson, Ernie Els, and U.S. Open Champion Gary Woodland also failed to make the cut.

Leaderboard

The leaderboard for the mid-point in the tournament.

Pos	Player	To Par	Rd 1	Rd 2	Total
1	Nate Lashley	-14	63	67	130
2	Cameron Champ	-13	66	65	131
3	Chas Howell III	-12	65	67	132
T4	Ryan Armour	-11	64	69	133
T4	J.T. Poston	-11	70	63	133
T6	Byeong Hun An	-10	68	66	134
T6	Harris English	-10	66	68	134
T6	Peter Malnati	-10	68	66	134
T6	Joaquin Niemann	-10	68	66	134
T6	Rory Sabbatini	-10	65	69	134
T11	Jonas Blixt	-9	67	68	135
T11	J.B. Holmes	-9	67	68	135
T11	H. Matsuyama	-9	68	67	135
T11	Martin Piller	-9	66	69	135
T11	Ted Potter Jr	-9	68	67	135
T11	Doc Redman	-9	68	67	135
T11	Wes Roach	-9	67	68	135
T11	Sepp Straka	-9	68	67	135
T11	C. Tringale	-9	68	67	135
T11	Chase Wright	-9	65	70	135
T21	A. Albertson	-8	69	67	136
T21	Bronson Burgoon	-8	66	70	136
T21	Luke Donald	-8	67	69	136
T21	Rickie Fowler	-8	68	68	136
T21	Dylan Frittelli	-8	66	70	136
T21	Brice Garnett	-8	69	67	136
T21	M. Hughes	-8	66	70	136
T21	Kevin Kisner	-8	66	70	136
T21	Patrick Reed	-8	68	68	136
T21	Adam Schenk	-8	65	71	136
T21	Kevin Streelman	-8	66	70	136
T21	Nick Watney	-8	64	72	136
T33	Sam Burns	-7	70	67	137
T33	Talor Gooch	-7	65	72	137
T33	Tom Hoge	-7	67	70	137
T33	Max Homa	-7	68	69	137
T33	Sungjae Im	-7	69	68	137
T33	Jason Kokrak	-7	66	71	137
T33	Anirban Lahiri	-7	69	68	137
T33	Danny Lee	-7	66	71	137
T33	Denny McCarthy	-7	69	68	137
T33	Carlos Ortiz	-7	67	70	137
T33	Josh Teater	-7	68	69	137
T44	D. Bozzelli	-6	69	69	138
T44	Bud Cauley	-6	69	69	138
T44	Stewart Cink	-6	65	73	138
T44	Wyndham Clark	-6	68	70	138
T44	Colt Knost	-6	70	68	138
T44	Andrew Landry	-6	71	67	138
T44	Roger Sloan	-6	70	68	138
T44	Cameron Smith	-6	70	68	138
T44	Scott Stallings	-6	66	72	138
T44	Kyle Stanley	-6	69	69	138
T44	Brendan Steele	-6	68	70	138
T44	Brian Stuard	-6	66	72	138
T44	Nick Taylor	-6	68	70	138
T44	Aaron Wise	-6	69	69	138
T58	Roberto Castro	-5	70	69	139
T58	Chad Collins	-5	67	72	139
T58	Joey Garber	-5	67	72	139
T58	Wes Homan	-5	71	68	139
T58	Billy Horschel	-5	69	70	139
T58	Viktor Hovland	-5	70	69	139
T58	Kyle Jones	-5	70	69	139
T58	Smylie Kaufman	-5	69	70	139
T58	Seth Reeves	-5	68	71	139
T58	Brandt Snedeker	-5	70	69	139
T58	J.J. Spaun	-5	66	73	139
T58	Shawn Stefani	-5	69	70	139
T58	Vaughn Taylor	-5	70	69	139
T58	Jimmy Walker	-5	68	71	139
Players who did not make the cut					
CUT	Scott Brown	-4	68	72	140
CUT	Jason Dufner	-4	70	70	140
CUT	Brian Gay	-4	74	66	140
CUT	Brian Harman	-4	70	70	140
CUT	Adam Long	-4	71	69	140
CUT	Sam Ryder	-4	72	68	140
CUT	Ben Silverman	-4	69	71	140
CUT	Robert Streb	-4	70	70	140
CUT	Adam Svensson	-4	70	70	140
CUT	Kevin Tway	-4	68	72	140
CUT	Peter Uihlein	-4	71	69	140
CUT	Mike Weir	-4	72	68	140
CUT	Ryan Blaum	-3	72	69	141
CUT	Brandon Harkins	-3	68	73	141
CUT	Charley Hoffman	-3	69	72	141
CUT	Beau Hossler	-3	71	70	141
CUT	Martin Laird	-3	69	72	141
CUT	Scott Langley	-3	69	72	141
CUT	Hank Lebioda	-3	70	71	141
CUT	Corey Conners	-2	73	69	142
CUT	Austin Cook	-2	71	71	142
CUT	Stephan Jaeger	-2	72	70	142
CUT	Dustin Johnson	-2	71	71	142
CUT	Matt Jones	-2	71	71	142
CUT	Patton Kizzire	-2	70	72	142
CUT	Kyoung-Hoon Lee	-2	72	70	142
CUT	N. Lindheim	-2	70	72	142
CUT	Keith Mitchell	-2	71	71	142
CUT	Sebastian Munoz	-2	73	69	142
CUT	Rod Pampling	-2	70	72	142
CUT	Alex Prugh	-2	69	73	142
CUT	Sam Saunders	-2	69	73	142
CUT	Brady Schnell	-2	70	72	142
CUT	Justin Suh	-2	71	71	142
CUT	M. Thompson	-2	71	71	142
CUT	Austen Truslow	-2	69	73	142
CUT	H. Varner III	-2	71	71	142
CUT	Gary Woodland	-2	73	69	142
CUT	Alex Cejka	-1	73	70	143
CUT	Tyler Duncan	-1	72	71	143
CUT	Cody Gribble	-1	71	72	143
CUT	Matt Harmon	-1	71	72	143
CUT	Russell Henley	-1	68	75	143
CUT	Kramer Hickok	-1	70	73	143
CUT	Morgan Hoffmann	-1	76	67	143
CUT	Billy Hurley	-1	69	74	143
CUT	F. Jacobson	-1	70	73	143
CUT	Sung Kang	-1	73	70	143
CUT	Whee Kim	-1	70	73	143
CUT	Kelly Kraft	-1	70	73	143
CUT	Curtis Luck	-1	67	76	143
CUT	Ryan Moore	-1	70	73	143
CUT	Trey Mullinax	-1	70	73	143
CUT	Chez Reavie	-1	65	78	143
CUT	Bubba Watson	-1	68	75	143
CUT	Matthew Wolff	-1	75	68	143
CUT	Cameron Davis	E	73	71	144
CUT	Roberto Diaz	E	71	73	144
CUT	Jim Herman	E	72	72	144
CUT	Troy Merritt	E	73	71	144
CUT	J.J. Rodriguez	E	70	74	144
CUT	Martin Trainer	E	73	71	144
CUT	Luke List	1	71	74	145
CUT	Hunter Mahan	1	72	73	145
CUT	Chip McDaniel	1	71	74	145
CUT	Zack Sucher	1	74	71	145
CUT	Chris Thompson	1	71	74	145
CUT	John Chin	2	71	75	146
CUT	Will Claxton	2	74	72	146
CUT	Fabian Gomez	2	75	71	146
CUT	Chesson Hadley	2	75	71	146
CUT	Satoshi Kodaira	2	71	75	146
CUT	Ryan Vermeer	2	71	75	146
CUT	Si Woo Kim	3	74	73	147
CUT	O Schniederjans	3	72	75	147
CUT	J.J. Henry	5	73	76	149
CUT	Ernie Els	6	75	75	150
CUT	Seamus Power	6	73	77	150
CUT	Richy Werenski	6	74	76	150
CUT	Michael Kim	7	75	76	151
CUT	Sang-Moon Bae	8	76	76	152
CUT	Zachary Bauchou	8	78	74	152
CUT	Lee Houtteman	10	80	74	154
WD	Chris Stroud	1	73	-	73
WD	Will MacKenzie	5	74	39	74