Mickelson, new leader; the three Spaniards pass the cut

The American completed the second round with 63 strokes (-7), which allowed him to add 127 (-13). Rahm, Sergio García and Cabrera made sure to play the weekend.


American Phil Mickelson became the new leader of the PGA Tour Travelers Championship tournament this Friday by concluding the second round with 63 strokes (-7) that allowed him to add 127 (-13). Mickelson, 50, who said he had arrived at the tournament ready to overcome all the odds he has against him because of age, did not start the tour on the right foot by committing a bogey, on the second hole.

But the story changed from the fifth when he made the first birdie of the eight with which the course would end, thanks to the good selection of his shots on the green, as happened in the eighteenth hole that assured him the leadership. His compatriot Will Gordon, who completed the best course of the day, delivering a signed card of 62 strokes (-8), went back 15 places and finished second in the classification with 128 strokes (-12), the same as the Canadian Mackenzie had Hughes, who had been a leader in the first round (60 hits, -10) .

Five other players, led by Northern Ireland's Roy McIlroy, world number one, shared fourth place with 131 shots (-9) to four Mickelson, allowing them to be in the group of those fighting for the title. As will be done again by the Mexican golfer Abraham Ancer, the best of the seven Latin American players competing in the tournament, in addition to three other Spaniards.

Ancer again showed his great moment of form, he had been second in the last RBC Heritage tournament, delivering cardboard with 66 blows (-4), the same he had in the first round and added 132 (-8) to share the Ninth place with 10 other players.

The Argentine Emiliano Grillo, who gave up a card of 66 strokes (-4), added 133 strokes (-7), which left him in 20th place, shared with five other players. While the young Chilean Joaquín Niemann, 21, the only one who competed in the morning session, was the first of the four Latin American golfers who had overcome the cut, which was placed in four under par, also registering 66 shots ( -4) and add 134 (-6) .

The same as the Spaniards Jon Rahm (68, 2) and Sergio García (70, even), who assured them to compete throughout the weekend at the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell (Connecticut), where the third tournament of the PGA Tour since the competition returned after the break of almost three months due to the coronavirus.

All of them, along with 13 other golfers, shared the 26th place in the ranking. Another Spanish golfer Rafael Cabrera also managed to overcome the cut by registering 70 shots (par) and added 135 (-5), which left him in forty-second place, shared with 11 other players.

The cross of the coin for Latin American golfers, who could not overcome the cut, was represented by the Mexican Carlos Ortiz (138, -2), the Colombian Sebastián Muñoz (140, even) and the Argentine Fabian Gómez (144, +4) . The news of the day was also in the positive asymptomatic to the coronavirus that gave the American golfer Denny McCarthy and that he retired from the tournament along with his compatriot Bud Cauley, whom he had as a companion on Thursday's course, although he gave negative to the COVID test. Earlier this week, five players withdrew, led by American Cameron Champ, who revealed he had tested positive for COVID-19.

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His compatriots Brooks Koepka and Graeme McDowell retired after their caddies tested positive. Chase Koepka, Brooks' brother, who won entry to the event as a qualifier on Monday, also withdrew as a precaution. Webb Simpson, champion last week of the RBC Heritage tournament, did the same after discovering that a member of his family had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Last week on RBC Heritage, the second PGA Tour event after a three-month close, American Nick Watney became the first player to test positive for COVID-19. All the positive players and caddies have been isolated individually and complying with the health and safety protocols established by the PGA Tour, which has an assured income while in confinement. So far, the PGA Tour has already performed at least 3,000 tests for the coronavirus, so positive cases are considered insignificant and do not jeopardize the continuity of the competition.



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