Golf: Hurley and Malnati grab second-round clubhouse lead in New Orleans

American pair Peter Malnati (right) and Billy Hurley III carded a five-under 67 in the alternate-shot fourball format at TPC Louisiana.
American pair Peter Malnati (right) and Billy Hurley III carded a five-under 67 in the alternate-shot fourball format at TPC Louisiana.PHOTO: AFP/GETTY IMAGES

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The journeyman duo of Peter Malnati and Billy Hurley III took the clubhouse lead before the second round of the weather-hit Zurich Classic of New Orleans was halted by darkness in Louisiana on Friday (April 26).

The American pair missed the cut at the team event when they played together last year but were much more in sync on Friday, carding a five-under 67 in the alternate-shot fourball format at TPC Louisiana.

At 14-under 130, they lead Russell Knox and Brian Stuard (69) by one stroke.

Also one behind and with holes left to play in their second round were Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown (through four holes), Scott Stallings and Trey Mullinax (nine holes) and Brian Gay and Rory Sabbatini (four holes).

"Last year we pretty much did our own thing," Malnati told Golf Channel.

"This year we tried to embrace the team aspect, talked about our shots better, a 'two minds are better than one' philosophy.

"It's been a lot of fun and obviously it's working. One week a year we're actually rooting for someone out here other than just ourselves."

Added Hurley: "Peter and I first met right when I got out of the navy. We played mini tours together. We've been friends ever since and it's been a lot of fun."

Malnati and Hurley each have one PGA Tour victory.

Defending champions Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy were four shots behind after shooting 68.