Joaquín Niemann is one of the two leaders of the PGA Rocket Mortgage Classic, after the second round has been played. The Chilean he closed this Friday with a lap of 69 (-3) and shares the lead with English Tom Lewis.
Niemann, who still did not make any mistakes in the first 36 holes, at Detroit Golf Club, and Lewis have 134 strokes (-10) and they lead by one to the Americans Max Homa, Chris Kirk and Troy Merritt.
“I am happy with how I am playing and with my attitude today because when I failed I was able to save several times. I think I’m playing very well, I gave myself many chances especially at the beginning and I did not take advantage of them, but I had patience and that leaves me calm for what comes next weekend “, said Niemann that He got it right on the 8th, 14th and 17th.
The Chilean, who the only time he started with two rounds without errors ended up achieving his only victory on the PGA TOUR (The Greenbrier) He is confident but prudent. “There are still two days, too much golf ahead, the important thing is that I am giving myself the chance”, said the Chilean who has two second places as best performances this 2021 season.
Regarding what were the keys to being at the helm of the Rocket Mortgage Classic, Joaco pointed out: “I think the putter is working well this week, something that maybe I haven’t been playing very well in recent weeks, but I’m comfortable on the green and that is fundamental ”.
Niemann had started with a round of 7-under-par 65 that ended late Thursday in the wake of rains during Thursday afternoon. “With yesterday’s rain the field is playing easier, it is also allowed to accommodate the ball, so the only thing that complicates it is when it is in the rough, which is still wet and you do not know well how it is going to come out, like this that you have to keep making birdies ”.
The Colombian Sebastián Muñoz chained his second consecutive round of 3-under par 69 and tied for 21st place, four strokes behind the leaders, like the Argentine Fabián Gómez that this Friday he signed a card with 71 strokes.
Meanwhile, six strokes from the lead there are two other Latinos: Colombian Camilo Villegas and Argentine Nelson Ledesma, both at 4-under.
In his debut on the PGA TOUR, Chilean Mito Pereira (-1) failed to make it past the qualifying cut, and neither will Argentine Emiliano Grillo (Par) and Puerto Rican Rafael Campos (+7) play this weekend.
PGA Tour Press