10/02/2021 at 6:54 AM CEST
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American rookies Sahith Theegala, who held the lead, and Will Zalotaris, together with his compatriot Nick watney they finished in front of the provisional classification when completing the second round of the Sanderson Farms Championship after accumulating 131 strokes (-13). The three players were left with a stroke of advantage over their compatriots Cameron Young and Hayden Buckley, who shared fourth place with 132 (-12).
Zalatoris felt he couldn’t miss on the green and rarely did so on Friday to establish the field record with 61 hits (-11). Voted as the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Despite not having full status last year, he made it seem so simple at the Country Club of Jackson that his longest putt for par was less than three feet. One of the worst shots he hit was on par 5 of the third hole after turning around. He faded into a bunker about 27 meters away and fired less than a meter away, turning a difficult shot into another birdie. “The days that I do six meters, those are the days that I end up doing a big round, because I’m always going to be the guy who will hit more than 14 greens to give myself opportunities,” Zalatoris stated. “I think I am ready to complete a great weekend.”
Watney, coming off his worst season in a decade, backed up a solid start with another good round. He opened with four birdies over six holes and dropped just one shot on his way to 66 (-6). Theegala also held firm after starting at 64, new territory for the California rookie in his second start as a member of the PGA Tour. He contributed the eagle on the third par 5 hole to get back into the mix. Theegala finished with a birdie putt of just over thirty feet for a 67 (-5).
Buckley and Young registered 65 hits (-7) each and were 1 shot behind. Roger Sloan of Canada shot 67 (-5) and was 2 shots behind with a cumulative 133 (-11). The surprise of the day was the defending champion, the Spanish Sergio García who could not overcome the cut established in 139 (-5) after delivering a signed card of 70 (-2) for a cumulative of 140 (-4). Garcia had played last week with the European team in the grueling Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits, where he set the best record in victories of all time after beating Britain’s Nick Faldo.
Former USOpen champion Gary Woodland took two shots from behind the ninth green on his final hole and bogeyed for a 73 (+1) that also prevented him from overcoming the cut by a stroke. Those who did overcome it were the Spanish amateur Eugenio Chacarra, who delivered a signed card of 68 (-4) for a cumulative of 137 (-7) and share 27th place with 13 other players. The Oklahoma State University senior had five birdies, including three in a row from the third hole, and bogey at par 3 of the 10.
Among Latin American golfers, Chilean Mito Pereira made a great comeback of 30 places with a record of 67 strokes (-5) that gave him a cumulative 138 (-6). The Argentine Emiliano Grillo also surpassed the cut with a record of 69 (-3) and 139 (-5), something that the Colombians Camilo Villegas and Sebastián Muñoz could not achieve along with the Mexican Carlos Ortiz, who were left out of the competition of the weekend of the tournament that distributes seven million dollars in prizes.