Double bogeys cost Charl in the American Express

Two double-bogeys coast Charl Schwartzel in the second round of the PGA Tour’s American Express Desert Classic in Palm Springs, California. He carded a level-par 72 to remain five-under, but he dropped 31 spots on the leaderboard.

After opening with a fine five-under on the Stadium Course, he started his second round on the 10th on the Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA West and got things going with a birdie on the 11th. But he dropped that shot on the 12th, and then made double on the par-five 15th. He pulled one back with a birdie on 18 and got things back to level-par with another on three.

Two more birdies on six and seven got him into a good position on two-under for his round with two to play, but then he hit his tee shot on the par-three eighth into the water and ended up making five there.

Par on the closing hole left him six shots off the pace set by Korea’s Sungjae Im – a not insurmountable deficit.

South African turned Slovak Rory Sabbatini stayed inside the top 20 after a second round 69 – also on the Nicklaus Tournament Course, while Erik van Rooyen’s 69 on the Stadium Course lifted him 24 spots on the leaderboard into a share of 37th at five-under, together with Schwartzel.

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