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Two co-lead in Las Vegas, Horschel and Bae miss cut

Second Round– PGA Tour –Shriners Hospitals for Children Open – TPC Summerlin – Las Vegas, Nevada –

Russell Knox and Andrew Putnam co-lead the PGA Tuor’s Shriners Hospital for Children Open in Las Vegas through 36 holes.

Knox, who was a shot back of Martin Laird and Stewart Cink heading into round two, shot 4-under to reach 10-under overall at TPC Summerlin. Putnam fired a 65 Friday to earn a spot in the final pairing Saturday.

Andrew Svoboda, a 175-to-1 long shot to win this week at Skybet.com, is 9-under alongside Web.com Tour graduate Tony Finau. Laird shot 70 and slipped back to T-5 at 8-under with a host of players including Bo Van Pelt and defending champion Webb Simpson.

A 66-1 betting selection,  Knox is No. 107 in the Official World Golf Ranking and was runner-up in Florida at the Honda Classic last March.

Laird, who logged 18 Greens In Regulation in round one, should bounce back Saturday and perhaps work his way into the final pairing for Sunday. Laird challenged last week before finishing T-3 at the Frys.com Open. Laird won this championship in Las Vegas in 2009 and lost in a playoff in 2010.

More than two dozen players are within five shots of the leaders including Hideki Matsuyama, Brandt Snedeker and Nick Watney. Cink, who’s last victory was the Open Championship several years ago, shot 4-over-75 to fall back.

Kevin Na, the 2011 champion in Vegas, withdrew during his opening round. Headliners missing the cut included FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel (71-72) and last week’s winner Sang Moon Bae (71-72).

Look for the leader board to separate some on Saturday with the 54-hole leader settling in around 15-under.

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