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Manav Shah

Manav Shah narrowly missed the cut at the 2018 John Deere Classic on Saturday morning.

Shah, the Bakersfield native and Centennial High School graduate, needed to par the final hole of the second round to advance to the final two rounds of tournament play. Unfortunately, Shah bogeyed the par-4, 500-yard hole. He got on the green in three shots and then missed a seven-foot putt.

Shah wrapped up his second round Saturday morning, after a weather delay postponed play Friday. Shah shot 4-under in the second round to finish the John Deere Classic with a two-day score of 2-under 140.

From Friday's play:

Manav Shah put together a stellar performance on Friday.

The Bakersfield native and Centennial High School graduate clawed his way back into the John Deere Classic, shooting a 5-under par in the tournament’s second round. The score put him in line to make the weekend cut, which stands at minus-3 overall.

Shah’s Friday round was cut short because of a weather delay, however. He will take the course again Saturday morning to complete the final two holes of his second round.

Shah started Friday’s round on the back-nine of TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois, meaning holes No. 8 and 9 are essentially his 17th and 18th holes of the second round.

He’s facing a 3-foot par putt to close out No. 8 and then will undertake a par-4, 500-yard 9th. If Shah pars that he will make the cut, which guarantees him a spot in the weekend portion of the tournament as well as a payout for his efforts.

The experience and exposure would also undoubtedly be highlights for Shah, who’s making his PGA debut this week at Deere Run.

Thursday’s opening round saw the 26-year-old shoot a 2-over 73 — not a bad performance, but one he surely knew could have been better. Shah answered by playing as well as anyone in Friday’s second round, however — tournament leader Michael Kim, who stands at 16-under after two days, and three others led the field Friday with a 8-under performances.

Shah simply had a run of birdies to close things out — on No. 2, No. 4 and No. 5. That red-hot run placed him above the cut threshold.

Now he’ll try to finish the deal Saturday morning, which would allow him to take the course for the final two rounds of the John Deere.

Teddy Feinberg can be reached at 661-395-7324. Follow him on Twitter: @TeddyFeinberg.

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