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Final Round play wraps up today at Royal Melbourne Country Club in Long Grove.

The new look Illinois Open is two rounds in the books, and after 36 holes it looks a lot different than it did after 18.

The cut has been made and only 80 players will have chance to win the title, after +8 or better got to stay for the final round at Royal Melbourne Country Club in Long Grove.

(a) David Cooke shot a 6 under par 65 and holds a share of the lead with Brad Marek, who shocked the world with a 6 under par 66 at Hawthorn Woods, a course that dashed the hopes of so many first round leaders.

Vince India who was in second place after round one, is in third place after round two but only 1 shot back. Rich Dukelow is three shots off the pace. 2010 Illinois Open Champion Eric Meierdierks is 4 shots back.

“I was trying to stay patient,” said Cooke, who had opened with a 1 under par 71 at (HW) in round one. “The greens were still in perfect shape, still soft because of the rain earlier in the week. It was the right time to play well.”

Cooke, one of the 29 amateurs who made the cut is about to enter his senior season at North Carolina State, and had to survive a three-way playoff to get into the field.

Almost playing themselves out of the field were three of leaders from the first round, who all got destroyed at Hawthorn Woods.

First round leader David Lawrence of Moline, saw his 62 from Round 1, become an 80 at (HW) in Round 2, but the 80’s numbers didn’t stop there. Matt Slowinski from Conway Farms, worked the BMW Championship media day and then saw his 66 at (RM) from the first round become an 80 at (HW). But even that wasn’t all the shock at (HW), Nick Hardy after a first round 66 at (RM), rebounded with an 81 at (HW).

White Eagle Country Club professional Curtis Malm found himself back in the hunt after a 1 under par 71 at (HW), Malm sits in a T-8 position. Illinois golf coach Mike Small is T-14 and is at even par after a 73 at Hawthorn Woods.

A couple of surprising missed cuts went to Garrett Chaussuard who missed by 1 shot at +9, and 2014 IPGA Player of the Year Travis Johns missed by two shots.

Final Round action starts at 7:30 am today at Royal Melbourne only.

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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 WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both Chicagoland Golf and the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine. Rory has played over 460 courses in 37 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.