Conners distances himself from McIlroy and now leads solo

Canadian Corey Conners remained at the top of the PGA Tour's Arnold Palmer Invitational standings. McIlroy, in a shared third place.


Canadian Corey Conners remained at the head of the classification of the Arnold Palmer Invitational tournament, of the PGA Tour, on Friday, when the second round was completed and delivered a signed card of 69 (-3) to add 135 (-9). Conners, who had started the day sharing the lead with the Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, was left with only one stroke of advantage over the Scottish Martin Laird, former champion of the tournament, who registered 67 strokes (-5) to add 136 (-8), and ranks second.

McIlroy, American Lanto Griffin and Norwegian Viktor Hovland shared third place with 137 strokes (-7). The former world number one was ready to at least join Conners in the afternoon until he landed a couple of loose punches that cost him bad placements on the fairway to finish in two bogeys and close with five consecutive pairs that at least kept him up in classification, as it could have been worse.While the Colombian Sebastián Muñoz, who had a brilliant first round with 68 hits (-4) did not maintain the same inspiration in the second and registered a signed card of 76 (+4) to add 144 (even), which cost him 34 positions up to 38, but exceeded the cut that was established at +2. He was also surpassed by Argentine Emiliano Grillo who finished the second round with a signed card of 74 (+2) and added 145 (+1) to occupy the 53rd position after also losing 24 positions.The one who could not overcome the cut was the veteran Colombian golfer Camilo Villegas when he finished with a good record of 70 strokes (-2), but the 81 (+9) that he had in the first round left him without any option of being in the competition for the weekend of the tournament that takes place at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando (Florida) and distributes a prize of 9.3 million dollars.

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