The Chilean Joaquin Niemann closed his second round with a score of 3-under par 68 and after 36 holes he is one of the four guards in The Genesis Invitational, which is played at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, California.
Niemann is five strokes behind the leader, Sam burns, who showed great superiority over the rest of the field, after finishing the first two days with 12-under par 130, tying the record for the first 36 holes of this event that has been played since 1926.
Together with Niemann, the world number one is tied for second place Dustin Johnson (67) and two other Americans Tyler McCumber (68) Y Jason Kokrak (68), all with 135 (-7)
The Chilean left in the afternoon, through the 10th hole, and started with a hit on the 11th hole (par-5), but quickly ran into his only mistake of the day on the 13th hole. On the 16th he hit four meters for a birdie and then he also made birdies at 18 and 1.
From there he had several chances, as he was again very neat from the tee, but he could not hole out for birdie from then on despite having hit almost all the greens on his return route.
“I think I played just as well as yesterday, I hit the ball very well and I think the putter too, but this time they didn’t fall”, were the first words of the Chilean.
“If I continue playing like this, I’m going to give myself a good chance this weekend, I think my game is ready, you just have to be patient. It is a very difficult course so anything can happen over the weekend, ”Niemann said hopefully.
Regarding the improvement in his performance in 2021, where he already finished second on two occasions, Niemann pointed out: “I think the big difference is in mentality, I started working with a mental coach in Chile and he is helping me a lot”.
The other Latin American who managed to overcome the qualifying cut was Sebastian Muñoz, who signed a score of par field, 71 and for now ties the 20th place, with a total of 139 (-3).
The Colombian, who also came out through hole 10, scored three bogeys and a birdie in the first nine holes, but the eagle on hole 1, from almost 15 meters, put him back on track.
Those who did not qualify to play the weekend were the Mexicans Abraham Ancer and Carlos Ortiz, the Colombian Camilo Villegas and the Argentine Emiliano Grillo.