Juvic Pagunsan stumbles in 2nd round with 2-over 73

Juvic Pagunsan slid down the leaderboard after the second round. AP Photo/Matt York

Juvic Pagunsan found himself sliding down the leaderboard after shooting a 2-over par 73 in the rain-halted second round of the men's golf competition of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe, Japan.

That 73 combined with his opening-day 66 gave Pagunsan a two-day total 2-under par 139, eight shots behind new leader Xander Schauffele of the United States, who shot a scorching 8-under 63 to take a one-stroke lead over Mexico's Carlos Ortiz.

Erstwhile leader Sepp Straka of Austria led a group at 134 which included reigning U.S. Masters champion and local favorite Hideki Matsuyama, who was stranded on the 16th hole when rain interrupted play for the second time.

Matsuyama was among 16 players who had yet to complete play after organizers called it a day. They will complete their rounds on Saturday morning before the third round.

After hitting six birdies on Thursday against a lone bogey that pushed him into a tie for fifth, Pagunsan struggled on Friday with only two birdies against four bogeys to slide down to a tie for 25th with eight others. He will need to find his touch again on Saturday if he is to wheel back into medal contention.