Canada’s Adam Hadwin (8/1 Tournament Outright) and Ryan Armour both shot rounds of 65 on Saturday to share the lead at the halfway stage of the 3M Open in Minnesota.
Vegas did have a share of the lead after the first 18 holes, but he dropped into a tie for third after a disappointing 69, while Rickie Fowler could only muster a two-over 73 as he tumbled down the leaderboard to share 26th place.
Armour (19/10 – 3rd Round 3 Ball Betting) and Hadwin (13/8) do have experience of PGA Tour success, with each player winning one title each. Their chances of victory were also boosted on Friday when Dustin Johnson missed the cut after another lacklustre display.
Johnson could have returned to the top of the world rankings with a strong performance, but he could only shoot 72, and he will need to regroup.
Both of the leaders have struggled with their form of late, but the former finished in a share of fifth at the Barbasol Championship last week.
Hadwin missed three cuts on the bounce at the Travelers Championship, Rocket Mortgage Classic and Open Championship, but he says a change in mindset has helped him kick on this week.
“I gave myself opportunities,” he told the PGA Tour. “My speed control’s been really good. It’s been as stress-free a 65 as you’re going to have.
“I think the biggest thing coming in this week; I’ve just been a little bit more committed to the process and less on the outcome.”