PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) — Emiliano Grillo made birdie on half of the holes Friday on his approach to an Eight-under 63 that gave him a three-shot lead going into the weekend on the Mayakoba Golf Most significant.
The second spherical was delayed by one hour by heavy rain contained contained within the morning, and it was not achieved ahead of it was too darkish to proceed. Nobody was shut sufficient to catch Grillo, who was at 12-under 130. Will almost undoubtedly be solely the fifth time in 136 begins on the PGA Tour that he has a share of the lead after any spherical.
Tony Finau one-putted six consecutive holes all by way of the midst of his spherical, 4 of them par saves and none tap-ins, and posted a 66. He was at 9-under 133, together with Tom Hoge, who had a 67.
Justin Thomas, at No. Three the highest-ranked participant inside the subject, was zooming into rivalry with 5 birdies and an eagle by the use of 12 holes. His momentum stalled, nonetheless, notably with bogeys on his remaining two holes. Thomas wished to solely settle for a 67 and was 9 photos behind.
Nonetheless he is nonetheless having pleasurable with, which isn’t going to be the case for Rickie Fowler and Brooks Koepka.
Fowler was in place for a easy birdie on the par-5 13th gap when he despatched a protracted iron effectively to the proper into the bushes for a misplaced ball. That led to bogey, and he dropped one completely totally fully fully completely different shot on the 17th that led to a 1-over 72. The scale as soon as extra wouldn’t be made till Saturday, although Fowler appeared optimistic to overlook by one shot.
With no occasions left this yr, Fowler is additional weak to fall out of the one 50 on the planet for the primary time since 2010, his first full yr on the PGA Tour. He nonetheless merely merely is just not going to be eligible for the Masters subsequent April, although he would have three months initially of subsequent yr to every win or get into the one 50 by the tip of March.
Koepka, coming off a pair of most 10s contained contained within the Houston Open and the Masters, had one completely totally fully fully completely different 71 and achieved at even-par 142. He was in low-cost form till three-putting from about Eight ft on the par-5 fifth gap for a bogey, his 14th of the spherical. He made birdie on the par-Three eighth, nonetheless will miss by one shot.
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Amongst these nonetheless on the course was former U.S. Novice champion Andy Ogletree, who turned educated after ending low beginner on the Masters. Ogletree was at 7 beneath with three holes remaining.
Grillo made 5 birdies on the doorway 9 to catch Finau and Hoge, who carried out contained contained within the morning. After a bogey at No. 10, the Argentine hit his stride collectively alongside collectively alongside collectively alongside together with his good iron play and ran off three straight birdies.
On account of it started to get darkish, Grillo stuffed a wedge into about four ft on the 17th for his ninth birdie of the spherical, and he elected to complete the 18th after the horn sounded to cease play ensuing from darkness.
Russell Knox, who had the 18-hole lead after a 65, shot a 69 and was alone in fourth at Eight-under 134. The group one shot additional as shortly as additional included Kyle Stanley and Joel Dahmen, every with a 67, and Aaron Sensible (68).
Finau has been among the many many many many many many many extreme 20 on the planet courting to August 2018, though his lone victory on the PGA Tour stays the Puerto Rico Open in 2016.
“I discovered this recreation does not owe you one drawback. You’ve purchased bought purchased bought too earn your full topic likelihood is you will need thought of attempting, earn your full wins,” Finau talked about. “It has been a terribly very very very very very very long time coming I really really really really really actually really feel like for (win) No. 2. Hopefully, it occurs appropriate correct applicable appropriate correct proper right here in only a few days.
Steve Stricker, the 53-year-old Ryder Cup captain, shot 70 and was at Three-under 139. It was the sixth time in 12 begins on the PGA Tour that he made the dimensions as soon as extra.
Carlos Ortiz, having pleasurable with for the primary time geared up that Mexican earned his first PGA Tour title contained contained within the Houston Open remaining month, had a 68 and was six photos behind.
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