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Hutton leads by 3, DeChambeau lurks, Rahm’s Legion XIII seizes team lead at LIV Golf Nashville

COLLEGE GROVE, Tenn.: After a frustrating early run of nine straight pars, Tyrell Hutton found another speed down the stretch in Saturday’s second round at LIV Golf Nashville.

As a result, the Legion XIII star is 18 holes away from his first individual title since joining LIV Golf. But first, he’ll have to hold off his closest pursuers, including a backup player looking for a storybook score, and several two-time major winners — including last week’s US Open champion. Hutton birdied six of his final seven holes at The Grove en route to a 7-under 64.

His two-day total of 13 under leaves him three shots ahead of Crushers GC’s John Catlin, a replacement for the injured Charles Howell III. Their captains — Brison DeChambeau of the Crushers and Jon Rahm of Legion XIII, two of LIV Golf’s biggest stars — are another shot back, tied for third at 9 under.

With Legion XIII leading the team competition by five moves over the Crushers, plenty of hardware is up for grabs among the top four players. “I’ll probably be a little nervous tomorrow, but I’d say that’s a good thing,” said Hutton, whose last pro title was in 2021. “Obviously if you’re nervous about something, you really care about it. “

The singles leaderboard was crowded for the first half of Saturday — at one point, more than 30 players were within four shots of the lead. But then Hatton went on a birdie streak that included a putt on the par-3 13th, followed by a 30-foot putt on the 14th.

“Around this golf course, if you hit the ball well, you’re going to have a lot of birdie opportunities,” said Hutton, who joined LIV Golf in the offseason to play for Rahm’s expansion team. “You don’t want to make too many pairs. In the end it was kind of okay, but I guess tomorrow I wouldn’t want to hit 10 pairs in a row, obviously, when you’re being chased.”

Catlin shot his second consecutive 66, playing his final nine holes in 4 under. After competing on multiple tours around the world and with 13 professional wins, Kathleen welcomes the opportunity to write her own Cinderella story this week. No reserve player has ever finished in the top five at the LIV Golf Tournament.

“I’ve been here before and I can honestly say I’ve won before, and I can do it again,” he said. “I’m going to go out and control what I can control, and we’ll see what happens.”

DeChambeau battled weariness in the maelstrom after a tense US Open victory last week at Pinehurst. He bogeyed two of his first three holes on Saturday but avoided further trouble, finishing with four birdies in the final seven holes while feeding off the energy of the sellout crowd.

“I’m proud of the way I’ve managed my energy, even though it’s close to zero right now,” DeChambeau said. “… All I want is a shot on the back nine, and that back nine is available. Hopefully I can get the job done tomorrow.”

Entering this week, Rahm wasn’t sure how competitive he would be after withdrawing during the second round of LIV Golf Houston due to a foot infection that forced him to miss the US Open.

After an opening 70, he posted the lowest score in the second round, an 8-under 63 that included nine birdies. That matches his lowest round for par at LIV Golf.

“I needed a round like that to get close to the lead,” Ram said. “Obviously, Tyrell finished fantastic. There’s still some work to be done tomorrow.” Hutton, Kathleen and Deschamps will play in the lead group after the first leg, with Rahm playing Ripper GC captain Cameron Smith and Torquay GC’s Carlos Ortiz — the winner two weeks ago at LIV Golf Houston — in an earlier bracket that begins with the first game at 12:05 PM CDT. Smith and Ortiz are tied for fifth at 8 under.

The team counts the results

Standings and points for Saturday’s second round of team competition at LIV Golf Nashville:

1. LEGIA XIIII -28 (Rahm 63, Hatton 64, Vincent 66; Rd. 2 result: -20)

2. CRUSHERS GC -23 (Catlin 66, DeChambeau 66, Lahiri 68; Rd. 2 score: -13)

3. MAJESTICKS GC -19 (Westwood 66, Poulter 67, Horsfield 68; 2nd leg: -12)

4. TORKUE GC -18 (Ortiz 66, Niemann 69, Pereira 69; Rd. 2 score: -9)

5. IRON HEADS GC -15 (Kozuma 67, Na 67, Vincent 67; Rd. 2 score: -12)

6. CLEEKS GC -14 (Meronk 66, Bland 67, Kaimer 70; Rd. 2 score: -10)

T7. SMASH GC -13 (Kokrak 65, McDovell 68, Gooch 69; Rd. 2 score: -11)

T7. STINGER GC -13 (Burmester 66, Grace 68, Oosthuizen 70; Rd. 2 score: -9)

T7. FIREBALLS GC -13 (Chacarra 70, Garcia 71, Puig 73; Rd. 2 score: +1)

10. RIPPER GC -11 (Smith 65, Leishman 69, Jones 72; Rd. 2 score: -7)

11. 4ACES GC -8 (Warner III 64, Perez 69, Reed 70; Rd. 2 score: -10)

T12. RANGEGOATS GC -6 (Wolff 67, Pieters 68, Watson 71; Rd. 2 score: -7)

T12. HIFLIERS GC -6 (Steele 67, Mickelson 70, Tringle 70; Rd. 2 score: -6)

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