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Zhang, Long lead the field at LECOM Health Challenge

Xinjun Zhang of China and American Adam Long are tied at the top of the leaderboard after Friday’s second round of the LECOM Health Challenge on the Web.com PGA Tour at Peek’n Peak in Clymer.

Zhang had birdies on Nos. 9, 10, 11, 18 with a bogey on No. 13 to shoot a three-under round of 69.

Long, meanwhile, made up ground with four-under round of 68. He bogeyed Nos. 2 and 3 but countered that with six birdies.

Both Zhang and Long are tied at 11-under 133 after two rounds.

On their heels: Sam Ryder shot his second straight round of 67 while Rob Openheim shot a round of 66 as both are tied for third, one shot off the lead, while Austin Cook jumped into contention with a six-under round of 66, putting him tied for fourth and two strokes off the lead. His second-round featured six birdies and no bogeys after an opening round 69.

Back to putting basics: Cook said the difference has been his putting.

“Kind of went and made a putting change this week. Kind of switched my grip up and went back to my old style from last year,” Cook said. “I was having issues starting the ball on line. I was losing a lot of confidence and kind of switched that back to the old way this week and it’s working well so far.”

Cook skipped last week’s tournament, the Nashville Golf Open, after failing to make the cut two weeks ago in the Lincoln Land Charity Championship in Springville, Ill.

Next: The third round will be Saturday with live coverage on The Golf Channel from 3-5 p.m.

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