CAM SMITH LEADS THE LIV AFTER 36 HOLES AT RICH HARVEST FARMS

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NEW LEADER CAM SMITH is all smiles after taking a 2 shot lead at Rich Harvest Farms.

CAM SMITH has moved into position at the top of the leaderboard, at the LIV GOLF tournament, at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove Illinois.

Smith used a fast start and better finish to over take first round leader Dustin Johnson by 2 shots, heading into Sunday’s final round.

Smith’s four under par 68 included three birdies on the front nine. But after a bogey 6 on the par-5 11th hole, Smith rolled in birdie putts on 17 and 18 to finish at 10 under par.

Johnson however started shaky with a bogey on the first hole, after pulling his drive left of the fairway, and into the gallery. But he quickly rebounded with a birdie on the second hole, before running off five straight pars. Then Johnson got into red numbers for the day, with a birdie on the 8th hole.

But Johnson could not get anything going on the back nine, which included seven pars and two bogeys. The end result was a (+1) 73 on the day, which left Johnson at 8 under par and two shots behind Smith.

Peter Uihlein and Brooks Koepka discuss their team SMASH GC, that’s now 2 shots off the lead in the team side of the competition.

Peter Uihlein was the days big mover, with a 6 under par 66.

Uihlein actually started with a bogey, but when he reached the back nine of the golf course, Uihlein reeled off five birdies and no bogeys.

During the frontside, Uihlein had two more birdies and only one bogey. So now Uihlein is in the hunt at 7 under par. Uihlein trails Smith by only 3 shots and Johnson by 1 shot.

So Smith-Johnson Uihlein will get paired together in the group starting on the first hole.

CLICK HERE TO HEAR leader Cam Smith’s press conference after Round 2

CLCIK HERE to hear Peter Uihlein and Brooks Koepka’s press conference.

IN THE TEAM PORTION of the tournament. The Four Ace’s lead again by 1 shot, but have two teams within two shots behind them. The Four Ace’s are comprised of Dustin Johnson, Talor Gooch, Pat Perez and Patrick Reed, they have won the team competition the last three tournaments. The team champions each week, see the four players that comprise the team, split $3 million dollars.

RECORD LIV CROWD. While LIV officials could not directly confirm, sources say the attendance for Saturday was just over 18,000. But even if that number sounds low, it is a new one day record for LIV Golf. But the old record of 12,000, was shattered on Saturday at Rich Harvest Farms by 10 Am.

What will Sunday bring, come out to Rich Harvest Farms and enjoy the final 18 holes. See which player and which team come away with the trophies and the biggest pay days.

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Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WCPT AM820 Chicago, he writes for both the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine, and formerly Chicagoland Golf. Rory has played over 525 courses in 39 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, within the golf industry.