PGA Tour wrap-around season off and running

Second Round– PGA Tour – Open – Silverado Country Club – Napa, California –

Heading into round two of the PGA Tour’s Open, Sang Moon Bae and Andres Gonzales share the lead after shooting 6-under-66s at Silverado Country Club in Napa.

Bae, who won the 2013 Byron Nelson Championship, has slipped in the Official World Golf Ranking down to No. 195 with struggles in 2014. For Gonzales, the 31-year-old carded seven birdies against a lone bogey.

Gonzales, 299th in the world ranking, was a whopping 300-to-1 betting long shot at to win this championship. Gonzales won the Utah Championship on the Tour earlier this year but has been hit or miss with plenty of missed cuts. There is a long way to go, but both are off to a good start.

Martin Laird is alone in third after a 5-under round and nine players are tied at 4-under including Aaron Baddeley and Brookes Koepka, who finished T-3 at this event last year when played at CordeValle.

Headliners and U.S. Ryder Cup teammates Matt Kuchar (71) and Hunter Mahan (70) have some ground to make up after slow starts to the 2014-2015 wrap-around season along with defending champion Jimmy Walker, who struggled to shoot 3-over-75.

Look for Baddeley to challenge. He finished last year second on tour in Strokes Gained Putting. Expect a changing leader board all weekend in Napa.

Other Golf News:

  • S0-Yeon Ryu shot 65 in round two and leads the SIME Darby LPGA Malaysia at 11-under overall. Ryu leads Lydia Ko, who shot 64, by two shots. Ko can overtake Stacy Lewis as Rolex Ranking No. 1 with a victory.
  • Alexander Levy was 6-under through 10 holes before weather suspended play at the European Tour’s Portugal Masters. Levy is 14-under overall and a shot ahead of Nicholas Colsaerts, who posted a 60 in round one.
  • The Champions Tour hosts the SAS Championship, a 54-hole tournament, beginning Friday as the Charles Schwab Cup race heats up down the stretch. Bernhard Langer leads the standings.
  • Colsaerts, a 33-1 betting pick, was runner-up at Maybank Malaysian Open and fourth at the Wales Open on tour this season. Ranked 185th in the world, the Belgian has two career European Tour victories with his last coming at the Volvo Match Play in 2012.
  • Lewis, who led in Malaysia after round one, slipped back to T-11 after a 71 on day two. Lewis has three victories in 2014 and leads the Race to CME Globe.