Argentine Emiliano Grillo had a fantastic 63-stroke second round (8 under par) and is the sole leader of the Mayakoba Golf Classic presented by Unifin, which is played in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
The Chaco adds 129 strokes and with (-13) leads by four strokes over the Americans Tony Finau and Tom Hoge, who are his bodyguards, in the last official event of the year 2020, which is played in the El Camaleón field, on the Riviera Maya.
Unlike his last performances, this time Grillo supported his excellent result in his great game on the green. The Argentine made nine birdies throughout his round and was very solid at every opportunity left, tying his best all-time round on the PGA TOUR.
“I played well all day, I hit some really good putts and kept her close on others, so that’s all I can ask for for a round of golf,” said the 28-year-old Argentine looking for his second PGA TOUR victory.
Grillo started with birdies on his first two holes, which gave him impetus to look for the leaders who had taken advantage of the milder conditions this Friday, when the wind was not as strong. The Argentine took advantage of a great shot in par-3 of 8, where he left the ball given and with the birdie in 9, from 7 meters he took the lead of the tournament for the first time.
The only bogey on the 10th hole was quickly offset by three consecutive birdies. On 12, he again left her just one meter behind, on par-5 on 13 he reached the green in two shots and took two putts and on 14 he made a four-meter hole for birdie.
The birdie on 17 was his 16th birdie of the week, a career record on the PGA TOUR, and allowed him to stretch the gap to four shots. “Being in this position is what you are looking for, I did my job well the first two days and I have to stay the same over the weekend. It will not be easy but my idea is to keep hitting fairways and try to keep it close ”, said who has three top-15s in this event, in his four previous participations.
Three other Latinos are in the top-10, seven shots behind Grillo. The Colombian Camilo Villegas had a great task and closed this Friday with 66 shots, while the Chilean Joaquín Niemann alternated birdies and bogeys to score a 1-under par 70. Mexican Carlos Ortiz closed with five birdies in his last seven holes to sign a 69, which leaves him with the other Latinos tying for ninth place, all at 6-under.
The Mexican Abraham Ancer and the Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas, with 3-under par, equal the 34th place and will also overcome the qualifying cut, which has not yet been decided since the second round had to be suspended due to lack of light and will be completed this Saturday , from 8:00 (local time).
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