(EFE) .- American Justin Thomas completed the second round of The Zozo Championship tournament on the PGA Tour on Friday with a record of 65 strokes (-7) and added 130 (-14) with which he became the new leader by having an advantage impact.
Thomas, who unseated Colombian Sebastián Muñoz from first place, beat South African Dylan Frittelli and American Lanto Griffin, who delivered signed cards of 65 strokes (-7) each and reached 131 shots (-13).
Thomas, a winner of 13 PGA Tour tournaments, was perfect the entire round with seven birdies, including four in a row from the 11th hole.
“I felt safe with my shots, I knew how to make a good selection and then on the green every putt was effective”Thomas stressed.
Two other American players Patrick Cantlay and Scottie Scheffler also finished the round with 65 strokes (-7) to share fourth place with 132 (-12).
This time, the best Latin American player was Mexican Abrahm Ancer, who shared sixth place with seven other golfers, after having a record of 66 strokes (-6) and adding 133 (-11).
Ancer, 29, made a perfect round with six birdies, spreading two in the first half and another four in the second, ultimately allowing him to climb three places in the standings.
The American Richy Werenski was also part of Ancer’s group, who finished the tour with the best signed card of the day, a record of 61 strokes (-11), which allowed him to tie the best mark of all time that was in power of his compatriot Dustin Johnson, who was low due to recovering from the COVID-19 contagion.
Muñoz, who lost 13 places in the classification, finished the round 70 strokes (-2) to add 134 (-10) and share the fourteenth place with seven other golfers.
The player from Bogotá, who reached the second round as the leader after having scored 64 strokes (-8) in the first, this time was not successful in the long distance and that prevented him from shining on the green with putts, especially in the second half of the tour.
After having made six birdies and a bogey in the first, he exchanged a series of three in a row, in the second he made a double bogey (hole 14), two bogeys and a single birdie.
The Spanish Jon Rahm lived the opposite experience, he did not have a good first half when he distributed birdie and bogey, but in the second he shone with an eagle (hole 11) and three birdies, which allowed him to deliver a signed card of 67 strokes (-5) and add 135 (-9).
Although Rahm lost three places compared to the first round, the Spanish golfer has a chance of staying in the fight for the title over the weekend by sharing twenty-second place with four other golfers.
Behind Rahm was the young Chilean Joaquín Niemann, 21, who had a record of 66 strokes (-6) and recovered 12 positions by finishing twenty-seventh in the standings after adding 136 shots (-8).
While the Mexican Carlos Ortiz was the one with the best record of all the Latin American players when he delivered a card of 65 hits (-7) that allowed him to regain 22 places in the classification by placing thirty-fifth with 137 hits (-7).
Ortiz completed a perfect round with seven birdies, which he distributed three in the first half and another four in the second, including two in a row (holes 16 and 17).