Nick Taylor cards 69 at Sanderson Farms, sits two shots off lead

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Nick Taylor (Getty Images)

JACKSON, Miss. — Canada’s Nick Taylor continued his strong play into day two of the Sanderson Farms Championship, carding a 3-under par 69 to follow up his 67 from Rd. 1.

The 26-year-old Abbotsford, B.C. native started out hot, making five birdies in his first seven holes, but then cooled down with bogeys on 17 and 2.  He finished the day in solo third place.

The former Team Canada member nearly carded an eagle on the short par-4 15th hole.

David Toms and John Rollins each shot 6-under 66 on Friday to share the second-round lead.

The 47-year-old Toms – a 13-time PGA Tour winner – was bogey-free through the first two rounds. He hasn’t won since 2011.

Rollins, the 2002 Canadian Open champion,  had eight birdies and two bogeys at the Country Club of Jackson. He won the last of his three tour titles in 2009 and finished 177th on the money list last season.

Toms and Rollins were at 10-under 134.

Sanderson Farms Championship - Round Two

John Rollins (Michael Cohen/ Getty Images)

David Hearn (-3, T36) and Adam Hadwin (-2, T52) couldn’t capitalize on their successful opening rounds, but both players remain within the cut line with even round scores of 72.

Calgary’s Roger Sloan, who had a hole-in-one in the opening-round, struggled this week in Mississippi.  The Calgary native and PGA Tour rookie shot a three-over par 75 Friday and will miss his second cut of the season.

Play was suspended because of darkness with 15 players unable to finish. First-round leader Sebastian Cappelen was 3 over for the round and 4 under overall with two holes left.