Weather: Due to the completion of the first round on Friday morning, the second round began 30 minutes later than originally scheduled in overcast conditions at 7:10 a.m. PT with preferred lies utilized. Play was suspended for the rest of the day due to a dangerous weather situation at 12:18 p.m., with just 24 players completing the second round. Players who did not finish their round will be back in position at 7:00 a.m. Saturday. Wind SE at 25-35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. Cooler temperatures with a high of 60.
The Genesis Open is the fifth event this season to have experienced a suspension of play due to weather or darkness.
The Genesis Open is the sixth event this season to utilize preferred lies in at least one round of the tournament.
Last year’s Genesis Open 36-hole cut came at 142 (E). The low cut in tournament history is 141 (four times – 2009, 2004, 2000, 1992). The projected cut currently stands at even-par 142.
PARTIAL Second-Round Leaderboard
Jhonattan Vegas 7-under (thru 14 holes)
Sam Saunders 64 (-7)
Jason Kokrak 6-under (thru 10 holes)
Led by four birdies (Nos. 1, 5, 6, 9) and an opening nine-hole score of 31, Jhonattan Vegas moved into a share of the lead (at 7-under) with Sam Saunders (who has yet to start his second round) at the time of the suspension of play. Vegas will have four holes left to play Saturday morning.
Vegas is making his fifth start at the Genesis Open, with his best finish (T12) coming in his inaugural start in 2011. Most recently, he finished 75th in 2015 with rounds of 71-72-81-76.
Vegas is coming off of a career-best 29th place finish in the FedExCup, thanks to his win at the 2016 RBC Canadian Open. After missing the cut in the 2016-17 season opener at the Safeway Open, Vegas has reeled off six made cuts entering this week and stands 72nd in the FedExCup. He finished T10 at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba for his best outing of the year.
Prior to the Genesis Open, Vegas has held the 36-hole lead/co-lead four times in his PGA TOUR career and gone on to win once, at the 2011 CareerBuilder Challenge. His most recent 36-hole lead was at the 2016 Barbasol Championship where he eventually finished T4.
First-round leader Sam Saunders was unable to tee off Friday due to the dangerous weather situation. He is currently tied for the lead with Jhonnatan Vegas (7-under thru 14 holes).
In just his first start at the Genesis Open, and playing on a sponsor exemption, Sam Saunders reeled off seven birdies and no bogeys in round one, good for a 64, tying his career-low score on the PGA TOUR from round one of the 2015 Barbasol Championship (also 7-under).
Fifty years ago, in 1967, Saunders’ grandfather, the late Arnold Palmer won his third and final Genesis Open. Palmer, won eventually won by five strokes over Gay Brewer, posted a 7-under 64 in round two.
Saunders, who finished 148th in the 2016 FedExCup standings, holds conditional status on the PGA TOUR this season. This marks his fifth start of the 2016-17 PGA TOUR Season. He has missed three cuts and finished T57 at The RSM Classic.
Saunders is making his 79th TOUR start this week, with a T2 at the 2015 Puerto Rico Open his strongest showing. By comparison, Arnold Palmer won in his 21st professional start in an official PGA TOUR event at the 1955 RBC Canadian Open.
Second-Round Lead Notes
Last year, with rounds of 68-64—132 (-10), Jason Kokrak held a one-stroke lead over Chez Reavie through 36-holes at the Genesis Open.
Eight of 13 second-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win this season, most recently Jordan Spieth at last week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
The Genesis Open 36-hole scoring record is 130 shared by Davis Love (1992), Mike Weir (2004) and Shigeki Matsuyama (2004).
Jason Kokrak, who opened Thursday with a 4-under 67, is back in the hunt at Riviera. Currently 2-under on his second round through 10 holes, Kokrak sits 6-under and just one behind the co-leaders.
Kokrak held the 36-hole with a 10-under 132 total at last year’s Genesis Open and went on to finish T2 behind Bubba Watson, matching his career-best finish on the PGA TOUR. In 2012, Kokrak posted a T2 finish at the Safeway Open.
Kokrak won twice in 2011 on the Web.Com Tour at the Albertsons Boise Open and the Miccosukee Championship.
Australian Cameron Percy was one of just 24 players who completed their second round Friday, carding an even-par 71 to sit 5-under 137 at his midway point of the Genesis Open.
Percy finished T10 at last week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am to earn a spot in the field at the Genesis Open this week. He’s playing his 104th career PGA TOUR event and seventh of this season.
This is Percy’s first appearance at the Genesis Open.
Pepperdine University amateur golfer from Chino Hills, Calif., Sahith Theegala, 19, is currently T20 at 3-under (thru 11 holes). After opening with a 4-under 67, Theegala is currently 1-over on his round.
Theegala won the Collegiate Showcase at Riviera on Monday of tournament week to earn a spot into this week’s field. He shot a 2-under 69 to beat UCLA’s Tyler Collier by one stroke. The sophomore has a team-best 70.78 scoring average after six events this season. Last summer, he made it to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur at Oakland Hills. This is the third year of the Collegiate Showcase. Last year, Illinois’ Charlie Danielson won, eventually finishing T72 in the Genesis Open. This week’s Genesis Open is Theegala’s PGA TOUR debut.
Last week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am champion Jordan Spieth is one of six players currently T4 at 5-under. The nine-time TOUR winner is currently 3-under on his second round (thru 16 holes).
Defending Genesis Open champion Bubba Watson is 8-over (thru 16 holes) and headed for a missed cut. He has three missed cuts at the event (2007, 2010, 2013), withdrew in 2011 and posted six top-20 finishes in the remaining starts (led by victories in 2014 and 2016).
Bryson DeChambeau withdrew during the second round with a cut hand. Vaughn Taylor also withdrew following the suspension of play Friday afternoon.