|-9 Schauffele (US); -8 Reed (US), Niemann (Chi); -7 Fowler (US); -6 Cantlay (US), Thomas (US)|
|Decided on others: -4 Rahm (Spa); -3 McDowell (NI), Johnson (US); E Casey (Eng)|
Protecting champion Xander Schauffele battled sturdy winds and rain to steer by means of one shot on the midway level of the Match of Champions in Hawaii.
He shot a five-under-par 68 to take a seat on 9 beneath, with fellow American Patrick Reed and Joaquin Niemann of Chile tied for 2d.
Heavy rain noticed around two stopped two times, however the avid gamers remained at the direction.
“That is rain and wind that we do not play in too frequently in however thankfully it is roughly heat,” stated Schauffele.
“I wasn’t fascinated by my ranking as a result of I used to be looking to keep as dry and heat as conceivable.”
Former Masters champion Reed had a troublesome finish to 2019. He was once penalised for bettering the lie of his ball on the Hero International Problem, then heckled by means of fanatics all over the Presidents Cup in Melbourne, sooner than his caddie was once thrown out of the match for shoving a spectator.
However, on Friday, the 2015 champion shot the around of the day with a seven-under 66 that featured 8 birdies and a bogey, whilst in a single day chief Niemann carded a 72.
American Rickie Fowler is in fourth position on seven beneath, one shot forward of compatriot Justin Thomas.
Spain’s Jon Rahm is the highest-placed Eu on 4 beneath, with Northern Eire’s Graeme McDowell and American former global primary Dustin Johnson on 3 beneath.