Barracuda Championship: Martin Laird drops tied second at halfway
|Barracuda Championship second-round leaderboard|
|24 G Chalmers (Aus); 22 M Laird (Sco), G Woodland (US); 21 C Knost (US); 20 B Steele (US); 19 R Gibson (Aus); 18 J Gore (US), W MacKenzie (US), S Wheatcroft (US)|
|Selected others: 9 G Owen (Eng)|
Scotland's Martin Laird relinquished his overnight lead after a second-round points haul of seven at the Barracuda Championship in Nevada.
The 33-year-old tempered five birdies with three bogeys, leaving him on 22 points - two behind leader Greg Chalmers of Australia at the PGA Tour's only modified Stableford event.
England's Greg Owen - the other Brit to make the cut - is tied for 53rd.
The winner of the competition will earn £2.3m and an Open Championship spot.
Laird said it would be "great" to secure a place in the field at Royal Troon later this month.
He said: "It's always nice for me to go back to Scotland. The Open is my favourite tournament in the year."
The Barracuda Championship - formerly known as the Reno-Tahoe Open - is the only one on the PGA Tour to use a modified Stableford format, with eagles worth five points and birdies worth two.