Fraser Leads Olympics, Bryan Leads John Deere

Men’s Olympic Golf Tournament

As the second day came to a close in Rio de Janeiro, Australia’s Marcus Fraser posted a 2-under 69 to get to 10-under for the Olympic tournament. Fraser currently hangs on to a one stroke lead above Belgium’s Thomas Pieters.

Marcus Fraser (Courtesy of AP / Chris Carlson via newsday.com)

Marcus Fraser (Courtesy of AP / Chris Carlson via newsday.com)

Fraser, who plays on the European Tour and the PGA Tour of Australasia, has had a tumultuous year notching up five missed cuts, a second place and a first place finish through 15 events this year. Luckily for him, he may just come away with only the third men’s golf gold medal in history.

Trailing shortly behind Pieters is the Open Championship winner, Henrik Stenson. Stenson has been nipping at the heels of Fraser but a couple of bogies late in Stenson’s second round dropped him to third on the leader board.

The United States team isn’t fairing too well on the sandbelt style Olympic Course, unfortunately. Matt Kuchar leads the team at 3-under-par; Bubba Watson sits one back at 2-under and Patrick Reed another one back, at 1-under. Rickie Fowler had a rough first round and posted a 4-over-par, but he came back on day two to shoot an even-par, so hopefully he and the other men wearing the stars and stripes can find some more success over these next two days.

Third round play will begin at 6:30 a.m. EST.

John Deere Classic

Just over 14 hours north in Silvis, Illinois, the John Deere Classic is taking place. Day two was postponed due to wet weather and then postponed again due to darkness but as it sit’s right now, the owner of a brand new PGA Tour card, Wesely Bryan holds the lead at 12-under-par. Last year’s third place finisher, Zach Johnson has yet to tee off but will certainly be looking to snag this event after what to him last year in his final round on the par-3 16th. If you don’t know what happened, take a look here.

Second round play will resume at 8 a.m. EST and third round play will begin shortly after that.

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