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Randolph moves two clear in Louisiana

Broussard, LA ( - Jonathan Randolph carded a 6-under 65 on Friday and that helped him take a 2-shot lead after two rounds of the Louisiana Open.

Randolph, a tour rookie, ended 36 holes at Le Triomphe Golf & Country Club at 11-under-par 131.

Bill Lunde fired a 7-under 64 to soar into a share of second place at minus-9. He was joined there by Fabian Gomez (67) and Ryan Blaum (68).

Bronson Burgoon (65), Andres Echavarria (67), Sebastian Vazquez (65) and Max Homa (65) are tied for fifth place at 8-under 134.

Kyle Reifers, who shared the first-round lead with Blaum, managed a 1-under 70, dropping him into a tie for ninth at 7-under 135.

Randolph played the back nine first on Friday and he dropped a shot on the par-5 12th. After a pair of pars, he bounced back with three straight birdies from the 15th to jump to 7-under.

The 25-year-old birdied the par-5 first and made it two in a row as he also birdied the second. Randolph parred four straight from the third, then converted back-to-back birdie chances at seven and eight to move to 11-under. Randolph parred the last to end there.

"Being so close to home, these greens look so natural to me. If you just give them a good roll, they'll go in. They may hit a bump here or there, but if you just keep giving yourself good looks you're going to roll in a lot of putts," said Randolph, a Mississippi native.

"I probably missed three putts inside four or five feet. I had a lot of really good looks. You have to keep going or you're going to get lapped."

Blaum had a stellar front nine that started with a birdie on the first. He poured in four birdies in a 5-hole span from the fifth to jump to 11-under.

The first-round co-leader tripped to a bogey on the 11th, but got that shot back when he birdied the 15th. After a pair of pars, Blaum fell out of a share of the lead as he double-bogeyed the 18th after his tee shot found water.

"I just missed it right and that's where you didn't want to miss it. I should have no problem carrying that water if I hit it anywhere on the clubface," Blaum said. "I just played the hole poorly, there's nothing else to that. I deserved to make double the way I hit the ball on the last hole."

Lunde played a bogey-free round that started with three birdies in the first four holes. He moved to 6-under with a birdie on the par-5 seventh. Around the turn, Lunde carded three more birdies to move into a share of second.

Gomez also had a bogey-free round with two birdies on both nines.

NOTES: Five players completed their first rounds earlier Friday ... Former winners Brett Wetterich and Casey Wittenberg both made the cut on the number ... The cut fell at 3-under-par 139 with 67 moving on to the weekend ... Ryan Armour, Colt Knost, Scott McCarron and Billy Mayfair were among those that missed the cut.

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