Zurich Basic: Michael Kim, Andrew Putnam lead as Jordan Spieth and Sergio Garcia miss cut

Michael Kim and companion Andrew Putnam (Getty Pictures)

Michael Kim and Andrew Putnam hit the entrance after the second spherical on the Zurich Basic of New Orleans, the place former world No. 1 Jordan Spieth and 2017 Masters champion Sergio Garcia have been notable casualties.

American duo Kim and Putnam took a one-stroke lead following their three-beneath-par sixty nine as the PGA Tour event switched to alternate shot Friday following Thursday’s 4-ball format.

The alternate format noticed one participant hit the tee photographs on the even-numbered holes and the opposite on odd numbers, and the Kim-Putnam partnership was virtually flawless with 5 birdies and simply the double-bogey on the fifth gap to be thirteen underneath by way of 36 holes.

Final yr’s runners-up Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown ended the second spherical inside hanging distance of their countrymen at TPC Louisiana.

Kisner and Brown carded a 2-underneath-par 70 heading into the weekend.

Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar excelled within the alternate shot format.

Watson and Kuchar moved up the leaderboard courtesy of a 5-beneath-par sixty seven to be 9 beneath and three strokes behind Kim and Putnam.

It was a forgettable day for Spieth and fellow competitor Garcia as the star golfers departed the occasion.

Spieth and teammate Ryan Palmer (seventy four) missed the cut by one shot after ending with consecutive double-bogeys — the previous discovering the water on each events.

Sergio Garcia and fellow Spaniard Rafa Cabrera Bello (seventy three) adopted Justin Thomas and Bud Cauley (70) out of the event, whereas in a single day leaders Zhang Xinjun and Dou Zecheng (eighty) sensationally capitulated.