Cole Hammer (USGA/Chris Keane photo)
Oklahoma State maintained its Amer Ari lead in Friday’s second round at Waikoloa Kings’ Course in Waikoloa, Hawaii, but the field put plenty of pressure on the No. 1-ranked college team. The Cowboys had a 15-under 273 in the second round, and that was the third-best score of the day.
USC and Texas surged with rounds of 20 under and 23 under respectively. In all, 11 of the 18 teams in the field went under par in the second round, and five of those teams went double digits under par.
Oklahoma is 36 under par, with USC right behind them at 31 under. Texas is 30 under.
Oklahoma State’s first-round leader Zach Bauchou followed an opening 63 with a 2-under 70 that included another eagle at the par-5 fourth. He had one other birdie and one other bogey to round out the day. Viktor Hovland, meanwhile, has yet to make a bogey in 36 holes. He added a 67 on Friday after opening with 66.
Matthew Wolff also went bogey-free on Friday for a 64. Remarkably, it was one of three rounds of 64 recorded on Friday.
Texas freshman Cole Hammer’s was maybe the most notable considering that it moved him to the top spot on the individual leaderboard, at 13 under for the tournament, and it included six consecutive birdies from Nos. 13-18.
Hammer, who pulled Texas right up the leaderboard with him, now leads Oregon’s Edwin Yi and USC’s Justin Suh by one shot. Suh was the third player to score 64 in the second round.
Hovland, Wolff and Bauchou along with Oregon’s Sam Foust are tied for fourth at 11 under.
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54 hole men's college tournament hosted by the
University of Hawaii-Hilo. Team (best four scores out of
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