Barracuda Championship: Martin Laird drops tied second at halfway

Martin Laird
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.

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