Martin extends New Orleans lead

US Tour

Ben Martin carded a second round 67 to claim a three-shot lead after the second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

At 15-under after the first two rounds, the American has reached the lowest second round score ever at TPC Louisiana and remains on target claim his first win on the PGA Tour this week.

“I think on 17, 18 today I got a little bit ahead of myself but I just kind of take it one shot at a time and stay in my routine and my process and that’s going to give me the best opportunity to be successful,” he told Sky Sports 4 after the day’s play.

In second place on 12-under is Martin’s compatriot Andrew Svoboda, who followed up his first round 64 with a 68 on Friday.

Svoboda is one stroke clear of Korean star Noh Seung-yul, who carded a bogey-free 68 after a first round 65 to reach 11-under at the halfway mark.

In a tie for third place alongside the Korean is Robert Streb, who settled for a 66 on Friday.

Another local player Erik Compton carded a 68 to reach 10-under, alongside Sweden’s Peter Hanson (69), the leading European player in the field.

At nine-under is another group of players, which includes former US PGA champion Keegan Bradley (66), Charley Hoffman (67) and Jeff Overton (68).

Former Open champion David Duval rolled back the years to reach seven-under after a round of 69. He is joined by two-time US Open champion Retief Goosen, who carded a 65 on the day.

One shot further back is Justin Rose after a round of 67, while Padraig Harrington is at two-under after a level-par 72, which was just enough for the Irishman to make the cut.

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