Schauffele is new leader in Phoenix and Rahm makes the cut

The American Schauffele is the new new leader of the Waste Management Phoenix Open by adding 130 strokes (-12), one advantage over his Stricker and Bradley.


Emotion and equality were the dominant notes in the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open tournament on the PGA Tour, which left the American Xander Schauffele as the new leader by adding 130 strokes (-12), one advantage over his compatriots Steve Stricker and Keegan Bradley (131, -11). The leaders of the first day, the American Americans Matthew NeSmith and Mark Hubbard, fell to the eighth and twenty-first places of the classification, respectively.

While the Mexican Carlos Ortiz repeated a card of 67 strokes (-4) to add 134 (-8) and, together with the Spanish Jon Rahm (137, -5) and the Argentine Emiliano Grillo (139, -3), they made the cut , which was set to -2. Schauffele was confident throughout the day and showed it with a signed card of 64 strokes (-7) after making a perfect round of an eagle (hole 15) and five birdies, including the one on the 18th hole that the provisional leadership. Bradley had a record of 65 strokes (-6) by delivering seven birdies and a bogey, the one he made on par 5 of the 15th hole that was going to spoil the perfect round. Stricker needed one more hit to sign a 66 (-5) card after getting six birdies and one bogey.

For his part, Ortiz, who shares eighth place with seven other players, had a day full of contrasts when he started with bogey on hole 2 and compensated immediately, on par 5 of hole 3 with an eagle. The 29-year-old Mexican golfer then added five birdies, which he exchanged with two other bogeys, which prevented him from finishing with a better record, although he still has all the options open to fight for the title during the weekend. The same as Rahm, second best player in the world rankings, who started the day with a bogey, made up for it with a birdie on par 5 of the third and repeated the story in the second half by making the second bogey on hole 12 until who found his best inspiration to achieve three birdies for a final score of 69 shots (-2) .

The Spanish player finished the day in twenty-seventh place, shared with 12 other golfers, after losing six positions in the classification. Grillo maintained his level of play and recorded 70 strokes (-2), which cost him to lose 18 places and go down to 55, which he shares with 11 other players. The negative note for the Latin American players was the elimination of the Colombians Camilo Villegas (145, +3) and Sebastián Muñoz (151, +8), who could not overcome the cut.

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