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First-round co-leader and World No. 9 Webb Simpson backed up with a 3-under-par 36-33=69 in the second round of the WGC-Workday at The Concession, falling four places to T5 on 9-under 135, two in arrears of 36-hole leader Brooks Koepka (66).
After opening with a seven-birdie one-bogey 66, the 35-year-old co-led with Matthew Fitzpatrick. He found 12 (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, gaining 1.121 strokes off-the-tee and 3.137 around-the-green, No. 1 in the latter with a cumulative 4.432. The Wake Forest alum squared a lone bogey-5 at hole 1 (his 10th hole), offset by four birdies at 14 (hole-out from 14'5" away), 17, 18 (hole-out from a greenside bunker 35'6" away) and 3. He registered a dismal 1.846 putts per GIR and -2.410 SG: Putting with 28 total putts, missing three scoring chances from inside of nine feet. The North Carolinian will play out of the third-to-last twosome in Round 3 with Tony Finau. This is the second time this season in nine starts that he's been in the top 10 after 36 holes, joining the Sony Open two starts ago, where he was T2 before finishing a season-best T4 (65-65-67-64).
Added Yesterday 7:36 pm (EST)
Nelson Ledesma styled a 5-under-par 32-35=67 during round two of the Puerto Rico Open, reaching 8-under 136 at the halfway mark to enter the weekend in a share of fifth place.
The Argentine has been filling it up through two days at Grand Reserve Country Club. He's circled 11 birdies (T5 in the field) and also added an eagle today at the par-5- fifth hole. On the flip side, he's scribbled three bogeys and a double, through 36 holes. Currently T5 on the live leaderboard, this will be the first time in his career that he's positioned himself inside of the top 15 after any round on the PGA TOUR. Gamers should watch closely over the weekend to see how he responds to sleeping on a leaderboard position so close to the lead.
Added Yesterday 7:29 pm (EST)
World No. 40 Billy Horschel spun a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in the second round of the WGC-Workday at The Concession for a 36-hole total of 10-under 134, up one spot into a three-way T2, one adrift of leader Brooks Koepka (66).
The Florida alum will play out of the penultimate twosome in Round 3 with Collin Morikawa (64). At the midpoint, he's currently T1 in Driving Accuracy at 92.86 percent (26/28) and Greens in Regulation at 80.56 percent (29/36). On 12 (of 14) fairways and 15 GIR, the 34-year-old gained 0.817 strokes off-the-tee, 0.230 approaching and 1.507 around-the-green. He squared a lone bogey-4 at hole 4 (3-putt from 61'1"), outpaced by six circles at 1, 3, 7, 11, 12 and 17, three from between 10 and 15 feet. The Floridian recorded 1.667 putts per GIR and 1.334 SG: Putting with 28 total putts. This is his third time this season in 10 starts that he's been in the top 10 after 36 holes, second straight after the WM Phoenix Open, where has T8 before fading to T53 (66-68-71-73). "It's almost like Augusta, these greens are almost like Augusta in a sense that you've got to be smart on where you're trying to put the ball on the green or on the proper side of the hole to have a chance to at least make a birdie, hopefully an easy par if you don't make birdie."
Added Yesterday 7:20 pm (EST)
Thomas Pieters strolled through Grand Reserve Country Club with a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-34=67 during round two of the Puerto Rico Open, climbing 20 spots on the leaderboard (8-under 136) to enter the weekend in a share of fifth place.
The big-hitting Belgian piped 11-of-14 fairways while dealing with the wind. From there, he landed 13 greens in regulation and avoided bogeys entirely today. On the week he ranks T16 in fairways hit and T29 in GIR Percentage. "I'm hitting it quite solid. I mean, 11 under is quite good. Playing this course for the first time on Tuesday with this wind, I thought it was going to be trickier at this point. But, yeah, the par 5s are gettable" He is playing those par 5s at 4-under for the week. World No. 74 has four European Tour wins on his resume but is still searching for a breakout win on the PGA TOUR stage.
Added Yesterday 7:14 pm (EST)
World No. 27 Cameron Smith painted a 6-under-par 32-34=66 in the second round of the WGC-Workday at The Concession to reach the midpoint on 10-under 134, up five places into a three-way T2, one short of leader Brooks Keopka, who he'll be with in the final twosome in Round 3.
This is the 27-year-old's third appearance with a best of T6 on debut in 2019 in Mexico. Overall, it's his 11th WGC event with two prior top 10s, a T5 at the 2018 Match Play, and the above-mentioned T6. The Florida resident checked in 8-for-9 on the season with three top 10s, including a major-best T2 at the Masters, where he was the first player ever to record all four rounds in the 60s at Augusta National (67-68-69-69), and a solo 4th last week at the Genesis, where he was T9 at halftime (69-68-71-67). On eight (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, he lost 0.096 strokes off-the-tee but gained 2.923 approaching and 1.804 around-the-green. The Aussie squared a lone bogey-5 at 12, outflanked by seven birdies at 3, 5, 7 (hole-out from 40'0"), 8, 10, 13 and 17, posting 1.600 putts per GIR and 0.257 SG: Putting with 27 total putts. He opened with a five-birdie one-bogey 68. "Yeah, I love being in the heat. Those early morning tee times in L.A. last week were pretty brutal. I grew up in Brisbane, it's a very similar climate to this, so I love being out there and getting hot."
Added Yesterday 7:06 pm (EST)
Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 6 Collin Morikawa twirled an 8-under-par 31-33=64 in the second round of the WGC-Workday at The Concession for a 36-hole total of 10-under 134, up 17 spots into a three-way T2, one shy of leader Brooks Koepka (66).
The 24-year-old matches the week's low lap with Bryson DeChambeau (R2) as well as his career low (x7) in 148 rounds, most recently a 6-under version in R4 at the Sony two starts ago, where he finished a season-tying-best T7 as the top-ranked OWGRer in the field. This is his second appearance after a T42 last year in Mexico, and overall, his third WGC with a best of T20 at last season's FedEx St. Jude Invitational in his WGC debut. On 13 (of 14) fairways and 16 greens in regulation, the UC-Berkeley alum posted 1.475 SG: Off-the-Tee, 3.313 SG: Approach, 0.867 SG: Around, and 5.654 SG: Tee-to-Green. He squared a lone bogey-4 at 14 (missed par-saver from 9'1"), smothered by nine birdies at 12, 13, 15, 18, 1, 3, 5 , 7 and 9, two from between 11 and 38 feet. The Los Angeles native, who opened with 70 (6 birdies, 2 bogeys, 1 double), registered 1.438 putts per GIR and 1.233 SG: Putting. Regarding his different putting grip implemented last week: "My putting has never felt this good and whether I make or miss putts, knowing that my stroke is good, line-wise, tempo, that's all that matters. I'm going to read some great one day and not the others, and the days like today where I read them great, we're going to be going low."
Added Yesterday 6:27 pm (EST)
World No. 12 Brooks Koepka fired a 6-under-par 33-33=66 in the second round of the WGC-Workday at The Concession for a 36-hole tally of 11-under 133, up two places on the day and good for a one-shot lead over Cameron Smith (66), Billy Horschel (67), and Collin Morikawa (64).
This is the 30-year-old's eighth 36-hole lead/co-lead in 147 events, previously 2-for-7 converting. His most recent was the 2019 TOUR Championship, where after beginning the event 3rd in FedExCup Starting Strokes, led by one before finishing T3 as the 54-hole leader by one (67-67-68-72), five adrift of champion Rory McIlroy. The FSU product's conversions came at the 2019 PGA Championship, where he won wire to wire, including a 36-hole lead of seven, and the 2017 U.S. Open, where he was T1 before winning by four. He's eyeing his second WGC title in 18 tries, first since the 2019 FedEx St. Jude Invitational, where he was T7 (four back) at halftime before winning by three (68-67-64-65). On 10 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, the Floridian posted 0.637 SG: Off-the-Tee, 2.039 SG: Approach, 1.453 SG: Around, and 4.119 SG: Tee-to-Green. His lone drop was a walk-off bogey-5 at 18, outflanked by seven circles at 1, 7, 8, 12 and 15-17, two from between seven and 22 feet. registering 1.500 putts per GIR and 0.768 SG: Putting. "I've only been home like 25 days since Boston of the Playoffs last year, so I've spent the entire time in San Diego with my trainer Derek, just grinding, trying to make sure my knee's right. Once my body was right, it was only a matter of time before my swing kind of came into, I don't know, came into a groove I guess you could say."
Added Yesterday 6:08 pm (EST)
Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 34 Kevin Kisner authored a bogey-free 3-under-par 35-34=69 in the second round of the WGC-Workday at The Concession, dropping five spots to T8 on 8-under 136, two back of clubhouse co-leaders Cameron Smith (66) and Billy Horschel (67), and four adrift of the leader on the course Brooks Koepka, who's playing his final hole.
The 37-year-old striped 13 (of 14) fairways and conjured 10 greens in regulation, gaining 1.335 strokes off-the-tee and 1.407 around-the-green, but lost 0.883 on approach. He scribbled down three birdies at 12, 15 (from 27'3") and 3, registering a pedestrian 1.800 putts per GIR and 0.082 SG: Putting with 26 total putts. This is the Georgia alum's third time this season in eight starts that he's been in the top 10 at the midpoint, including at the RSM three starts ago, where he was T8 before ultimately losing in a two-man, two-hole playoff to Robert Streb (68-66-66-63).
Added Yesterday 5:33 pm (EST)