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Leader Webb Simpson drops a shot at 8 but bounces back with a birdie at 9 to return to -3. That’s an outward half of 33 and he’s a shot clear of Australian Lucas Herbert, who has picked up shots at 2 and 4.
Forget Reed, the leader in the hat stakes is English amateur Barclay Brown, who sounds like an English character actor from the Terry-Thomas era. A member of last year’s Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team, Brown has made an excellent start: six pars and a birdie at 7 to sit tied third.