Ishikawa maintains one-shot lead

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Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa continued to impress at the Quicken Loans National, firing a three-under-par 68 to retain a one-shot lead on eleven-under after Friday’s second round.

Rickie Fowler, who produced a hole-in-one on Thursday, surged up the leaderboard following his six-under-par 65 and to sit on ten-under and in a tie for second with Kevin Chappell, who carded a three-under-par 68.

Tiger Woods moved into contention with a five-under-par 66 to climb up the leaderboard and into a tie for fifth, three strokes behind Ishikawa and in with a shot of recording his first victory since the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational.

Ishikawa was unable to replicate his bogey-free round on Thursday, which included an ace, and endured mixed fortunes.

The 23-year-old began his round in promising fashion, converting a 20-foot birdie putt on the first before he lost his way somewhat with bogeys at the second and fourth holes. However, birdies at the sixth and eighth saw him recover before dropping another shot at the ninth.

Ishikawa fared a lot better on the back nine despite a bogey at the 12th. He atoned for mistake by making a birdie at the 13th, before notching up three birdies in a row from the 16th to 18th to finish with a total score of 11-under-par 131.

Fowler, who trails Ishikawa by one stroke, began his round of 65 with a fairly successful front nine, making two birdies and a bogey. But, his form picked up on the back nine, making birdies on the 10th and 13th before notching up a trio of birdies from the 16th to 18th hole. He will now go into the weekend with a total score of 10-under-par 132 to his name.

Chappell began his round of 68 in solid fashion as he made four birdies and a bogey on the front nine. But, he was unable to carry the momentum into the back nine as he only managed one more birdie and a bogey.

Sweden’s David Lingmerth occupies fourth spot on the leaderboard with a total score of nine-under-par 133 after following up his first-round 68 with a six-under-par 65, which included seven birdies and a bogey, a round which sees Lingmerth move to just two strokes off the lead.

Woods, who heads into the weekend with a total score of eight-under-par 134, got off to a decent start as he made two birdies and a bogey on his front nine. The 39-year-old displayed flashes of brilliance on his back nine, making four birdies, the highlight of which was a 35-foot putt holed for a birdie at the eighth.

The former world number one currently sits in a tie for fifth with Pat Perez, Greg Owen, Charles Howell III, Jimmy Walker, Whee Kim, Brice Garnett, Jason Bohn and Danny Lee.

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