Rahm puts the direct in the Farmers and gets into the fight

The Biscayan signed -5 to -8 in the second round and is one blow from Hovland like other big names: Finau, Scott, Reed ... He already won the tournament in 2017.

The young Norwegian Viktor Hovland became the new leader of the Farmers Insurance Open tournament on the PGA Tour on Friday, completing the second round with 65 strokes (-7) to add 135 (-9). Spaniard Jon Rahm, with 136 strokes (-8), leads a group of six players who share second place, including four Americans, including Patrick Reed, who had reached the second round as a co-leader, and the Australian Adam Scott.

After the day had to be suspended for more than an hour due to inclement weather at the Torrey Pines South municipal course, in La Jolla, California, 23-year-old Hovland finished his round with his eighth birdie of the day, which He was going to leave him at the top of the classification after improving 47 places in the table.

Hovland, who lives in Stillwater, where he played with Oklahoma State University, said he has been practicing there recently. "That helped me this week. It was very cold, obviously it rained and hail, so being Norwegian I think it helps too," Hovland said at the end of the tour. "I played really solid and made some putts."

The new leader only made a bogey on par 4 of the 15th hole, which he later recovered with a birdie on the 18th. Rahm, second in the world rankings, significantly improved his performance compared to the first day by delivering a card 67 strokes (-5 ), which before Hovland's 18th hole birdie kept him at the top of the provisional classification.

The 26-year-old Spanish golfer, who is seeking his first title in the new PGA season, showed he is in good shape with brilliant shots from the tee and very successful with the putt. "Those fairways are narrow enough as they are. When you start adding the crosswind, it's just not fun," Rahm said at the end of the match. "I can't stress how difficult it can be."

Rahm indicated that "the north is easier. The south today was brutal, I mean absolutely brutal. Every blow counts. Even being on the street, some blows are not easy and with this wind and rain coming and going, for those who today we played in the north we were really lucky to have competed in that field ".

The Mexican Carlos Ortiz also had a brilliant performance to become the only Latin American player who managed to overcome the cut, established at (-1), by adding 140 strokes (-4) and sharing the twenty-first place with seven other players after tracing 67 places . Ortiz completed the round with a record of 68 strokes (-4) being perfect in the first half when he managed to make four birdies, while in the last nine holes he made all par. "It was a good result as the weather conditions occurred in the field, so I feel very satisfied to be able to reach the weekend with options to fight for the title," said Ortiz.

The rest of the six Latin American golfers who entered the tournament, led by the Argentines Emiliano Grillo, Nelson Ledesma and Fabián Gómez, along with the Puerto Rican Rafael Ramos, the Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas and the Colombian Camilo Villegas, could not make the cut.

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