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Collin Morikawa builds lead as rain slows pace at PGA Workday Charity Open

Collin Morikawa hits a drive on the second hole during the second round of the Workday Charity Open on Friday in Dublin, Ohio. (AP photo)

DUBLIN, Ohio — Among the lessons Collin Morikawa took away from missing his first cut as a pro was that his reliable cut shot had left him. He found at it Muirfield Village, and it sent him to a three-shot lead going into the weekend at the Workday Charity Open.

Morikawa ran off four straight birdies after making the turn Friday, finished with another birdie after the first of two storm delays and shot 6-under 66.

He was six shots ahead when he finished. He was four shots ahead over Sam Burns when his side of the field finished. And it was down to three after some remarkable play by Justin Thomas (66) and Kevin Streelman (64) in surprisingly strong gusts that followed the storm.

Morikawa was at 13-under 131, one shot off the 36-hole course record set by Jason Dufner in 2017 at the Memorial.

Thomas hasn’t made a bogey all week and finished his round with an 8-foot birdie putt. Streelman reached 11 under until a bogey on the par-3 eighth near the end of his round. They will be in the final group today, which will be played in threesomes because a pair of 75-minute delays from thunderstorms meant the second round didn’t finish.

Collin Morikawa hits a drive on the 18th hole during the second round of the Workday Charity Open on Friday in Dublin, Ohio. (AP photo)

That means Brooks Koepka will wait to see if a big finish paid off.

Starting with a near ace on the 12th hole, Koepka birdied five of his last seven holes, closing with a 40-foot birdie putt for a 69. That put him at 1-under 143, and he left in a tie for 68th with more than 30 players unable to finish.

“That’s what you’ve got to do. I never give up, never think you’re out of it, and you’ve just got to battle through it no matter what you’re doing,” Koepka said.

The top 65 and ties advance and, with morning conditions, the cut was likely to stay at 2 under. Koepka signed his card and then decided to play the Memorial next week. He is out of the top 150 in the FedEx Cup with five tournaments left.

Sam Burns birdied his last three holes for a 66 and joined past Muirfield Village winner Hideki Matsuyama (68) four shots behind. Right behind was Viktor Hovland, who took advantage of the tee being moved up on the par-4 14th. His tee shot nearly went in and he settled for a tap-in eagle on his way to a 67.

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