Beautiful day, not so pretty scores Friday at Zurich Classic of New Orleans

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Friday was a polar opposite day compared to Thursday at the TPC of Louisiana for the second day of the 2019 Zurich Classic.

While crowds were smallish due to the terrible weather Thursday, the gallery was huge Friday, as good as tournament director Steve Worthy can remember in recent years.

After PGA players blistered the Avondale layout and its soft conditions Thursday in the four-ball format, scoring was up quite a bit overall Friday on a windy day as a host of players were able to complete their second round best-ball format while many more have a ways to go to do so Saturday morning.

Among those reaching the halfway point, the team of Peter Mainati and Billy Hurley III grabbed the lead at 14-under par following a second round 67.

The team of Russell Knox and Brian Stuard fired a second round 69 to enter the clubhouse at 13-under-par. Stuard eagled the par four 16th hole, holing out from 96 yards away.

On the course, the teams of first-round leaders Scott Stallings and Trey Mullinax, Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown and Brian Gay and Rory Sabbatini were still on the course at 13-under par when darkness halted play.

The teams of Russell Henley and Ryan Blaum and Henrik Stenson and Graeme McDowell each shot second round 67’s to finish at 12-under-par.

Chez Reavie and Lucas Glover were still on the course at 12-under-par.

The duos of Hank Leboida and Curtis Lock, along with John Rahm and Ryan Palmer will resume second round play Saturday morning at 11-under-par.

Defending champions Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy shot a second round 68 and are in at 10-under-par.

Other notable teams who still have holes to complete in their second rounds Saturday include Brooks and Chase Koepka at 8-under-par, Bubba Watson and J.B. Holmes at 8-under-par, the duo of Jason Day and Adam Scott and 7-under-par and the team of Sergio Garcia and Tommy Fleetwood at 7-under-par.

The cut could be seven or eight under par and you can forget about the team of Patrick Reed and Patrick Cantlay, who blew up with a second round 75 and finished at 4-under-par. The duo of Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel are done at 4-under-par after a second round 78.

The team of Luke Donald and Brendan Steele is on the outside looking in at 2-under-par with just nine holes left to play in their second round.

Jason Dufner thrilled the local crowd, wearing a “Saints got robbed” cap.

After completion of the second round, the field will be cut down and the third round will begin with the four-ball format returning.

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