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Lee Westwood takes Route 66 to midway lead as Matt Fitzpatrick playing cards a 68; Bryson DeChambeau is 4 off the lead however Rory McIlroy misses the reduce; watch the ultimate two rounds dwell on Sky Sports activities The Gamers from 1.30pm on Saturday and Sunday

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Lee Westwood leads by one after 36 holes at The Gamers Championship

Lee Westwood produced a flawless spherical of golf at TPC Sawgrass to take the lead over fellow Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick after the second spherical of The Gamers Championship.

The 47-year-old Englishman took benefit of the better scoring circumstances on the Florida venue to card a six-under 66 which lifted him to nine-under 135 on the midway stage of the PGA Tour’s flagship occasion.

He leads by one from Fitzpatrick with Sergio Garcia and Chris Kirk one shot additional again, whereas Bryson DeChambeau is in a bunch of six tied for fifth place on six underneath.

However there was no Friday fightback from defending champion Rory McIlroy as he might solely add a three-over 75 to his horror 79 on Thursday as he completed on 10 over and missed the reduce by 10.

Westwood, runner-up to DeChambeau eventually week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, began 4 behind Garcia after a gap 69 however made good early progress by holing putts from 16 and 9 toes to birdie his first two holes – the tenth and eleventh.

Westwood has finished fourth, fifth and sixth at TPC Sawgrass in the past

Westwood has completed fourth, fifth and sixth at TPC Sawgrass previously

He then performed some stable par golf for the following eight holes earlier than birdieing the par-five second after hitting his method to eight toes.

The world No 31 then drained a 30-footer for birdie on the third and adopted that up from 12 toes on the fourth earlier than finishing a superb day’s work along with his sixth birdie at his closing ninth.

Westwood, who shared the midway lead at TPC Sawgrass with Luke Donald in 2005 earlier than ending tied-Twenty second following an 80 within the third spherical, now has six bogey-free rounds within the event since 2000, probably the most of any participant.

Fitzpatrick posted a second successive 68 and spent all day at or close to the highest of the leaderboard after matching Westwood’s begin with birdies on the tenth and eleventh with one other following on the fifteenth.

The 26-year-old was placing excellently and, after one other birdie on the second, he drained a 32-footer to par the fourth.

Matt Fitzpatrick is chasing his maiden PGA Tour win

Matt Fitzpatrick is chasing his maiden PGA Tour win

His good work was undone by a poor second which price him a bogey on the fifth and he dropped one other shot on the eighth however he confirmed his mettle by replying with birdies each instances to safe a spot alongside Westwood within the remaining group on Saturday.

Garcia had led by two in a single day after his 65 on Thursday, however might solely add a level-par 72 to his whole, though it was nonetheless a full of life outing for the Spaniard.

The spotlight of his spherical got here on the par-five eleventh the place he was solely a few inches away from making an albatross along with his second shot from 222 yards.

However there have been additionally some lowlights with 4 three-putts, together with a miss from round a foot as he made his fifth bogey of the day on the fifteenth.

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Sergio Garcia went a whisker away from an unlikely albatross on the par-five eleventh, leaving a tap-in eagle

Sergio Garcia went a whisker away from an unlikely albatross on the par-five eleventh, leaving a tap-in eagle

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Garcia missed a collection of close-range putts throughout the second spherical…together with one from barely a foot!

Garcia missed a collection of close-range putts throughout the second spherical…together with one from barely a foot!

He shrugged that off, although, to birdie each the sixteenth and 18th to maintain tabs on Westwood.

Kirk, who has discovered his type in current weeks, went one higher than Westwood as he matched Garcia’s opening 65, his spherical that includes a six-hole stretch from the fifteenth the place he made 5 birdies and a hole-out eagle on the par-four first.

DeChambeau made a poor begin with a double-bogey on the tenth however rallied with 5 birdies for a 69, though he admitted he had rode his luck at instances.

He’s joined on six underneath by 4 fellow People in Denny McCarthy (69), Brian Harman (71), Charley Hoffman (68) and Doug Ghim (67), and South Korea’s Sungjae Im (66).

McCarthy was one in every of two gamers to make a hole-in-one throughout the day with an eight-iron into the 165-yard third, whereas Brendon Todd matched McCarthy with the primary ace of his PGA Tour profession with a five-wood into the 213-yard eighth.

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Denny McCarthy jumped up the leaderboard after firing a hole-in-one on the par-three third

Denny McCarthy jumped up the leaderboard after firing a hole-in-one on the par-three third

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Brendon Todd produced the second hole-in-one of the day on the twelfth

Brendon Todd produced the second hole-in-one of the day on the twelfth

Im, in the meantime, made his mark with a run of six successive birdies from the fifteenth which equalled the event report for probably the most consecutive features.

World No 2 Jon Rahm fired a 68 which took him to 4 underneath, whereas world No 1 Dustin Johnson might solely handle a 70 after producing a blended bag following three birdies over his first 4 holes.

He’s on one underneath, one behind Eire’s Shane Lowry who didn’t observe up his opening 68 as he struggled to a 74.

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The reduce got here at stage par which noticed the likes of Webb Simpson, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Viktor Hovland, Hideki Matsuyama, Francesco Molinari, Robert MacIntyre, Tony Finau, Ian Poulter, Xander Schauffele and Rickie Fowler all miss out on the weekend motion.

McIlroy as soon as once more appeared out of kinds as he went spherical in 75 blows, bogeys on the sixth and seventh ending any hopes of a cost up the leaderboard.

He additionally double-bogeyed the tenth after driving into timber and dropped a shot on the thirteenth, though he twice went near eagles as he birdied each the ninth and sixteenth.

Watch the Gamers Championship all through the week dwell on Sky Sports activities’ devoted channel – Sky Sports activities The Gamers. Reside protection continues on Friday from 11.30am on Sky Sports activities Golf.

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