On top: Tyler Dunlap, a 20-year-old junior at Texas A&M, shot his second consecutive round of 5-under 65 to take the lead at 10 under.
In the hunt: First-round leader Justin Shin is one shot back at 9-under after shooting 67, while Beau Hossler, an 18-year-old from Mission Viejo, Calif., is three shots back and will be in the final group today. Canadian Taylor Pendrith is fourth at 6-under, followed by Brady Watt at 5-under.
International flavor: Shin, from Hamilton, Ont., is one of five international players in the top 10, joined by his countryman, Pendrith, and Watt, an Australian. Charlie Bull of England and Alejandro Tosti of Argentina are part of a tie for ninth place at 3-under.
Champions struggle: Richy Werenski and Patrick Rodgers, the last two players to put on the winner’s green jacket, have a lot of work to do. Werenski is in a tie for 37th at 2-over after opening with rounds of 70-72, while Rodgers is tied for 43rd at 3-over (73-70).
Low round: The magic number Thursday was 5-under 65, turned in by four players: Dunlap, Watt, Tim Mickelson and local player Patrick Sheedy Jr. of East Amherst. In all, 33 players broke par, up from 15 in the opening round.
By the numbers: The scoring average for the 84 players in the field Thursday was 70.76, an improvement from 72.37 during the windy opening round. The par-4 17th hole played the hardest, at an average of 4.39 strokes, while the par-5 11th was the easiest, with a stroke average of 4.70.
Today’s forecast: Sunny, high of 78 degrees. Winds 5-10 mph.
– Jay Skurski