Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 285 Whee Kim styled a 7-under-par 34-31=65 in today's second round of the Puerto Rico Open to reach halftime on 8-under 136, two shy of 36-hole clubhouse leader Chris Stroud.
This is the 25-year-old's third visit to Coco Beach Golf and Country Club and after an opening 71, will cash for a third time. His best so far is T47 on debut in 2015 (72-74-74-68). The 2-time Web.com Tour grad entered the week 98th in the FedExCup standings, going 6-for-10 with three top 25s and a best of T13 at the season-opener in Napa. More recently, his last five starts show three missed cuts, a T61 at the Genesis Open, and a WD (back) during R2 of the Valspar two weeks ago. The South Korean landed nine (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, posting a tidy 1.385 putts per GIR and needing just 24 total putts. He squared a lone bogey-5 at 16, sandwiched by birdies at 13-15 and 17 and 18, ending with eight circles total on the card.
Prior to play being suspended due to heavy rain, Web.com Tour grad and World No. 228 Michael Thompson carded a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in the second round of the Puerto Rico Open to reach 9-under 135, one back of 36-hole clubhouse leader Chris Stroud.
Of 132 players, the 31-year-old was one of only nine to get their respective rounds into the books prior to the stoppage. He squared a lone bogey-5 at four but bounced back with eagle at the par-5 fifth, adding birdie-4s at 7, 12 and 13. With lift, clean and place in effect, the Alabama alum found 10 (of 14) fairways and peppered 17 greens in regulation, posting 1.824 putts per GIR and a pedestrian 32 total putts. He opened with a six-birdie one-bogey 67, improving to 4-for-4 at Coco Beach G&CC, looking to better a T14 on debut in 2011 (68-69-70-72), his lone top-25 finish thus far.
Phil Mickelson clinched a group stage hat-trick of wins with a 6-and-5 demolition job on J.B. Holmes; he progresses to the knockout stages of the World Golf Championship-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin CC.
Having trounced Si Woo Kim 5-and-3, then dumped Daniel Berger 5-and-4, Mickelson completed a stunning first three days of the tournament with his work Friday, an effort that laughs in the face of his previous log book in the event (which lacks even one semi-final appearance in 12 attempts). But is that the true picture? Mickelson played the first 11 holes in just "1-under" (thanks to a 29’1" birdie at No. 2) and yet was 6-up courtesy of Holmes making three bogeys and conceding another two holes. After that the pair shared two holes with pars, more than sufficient to draw the last breath from Holmes. Mickelson will play Lee Westwood, Pat Perez or Marc Leishman in the round of 16.
The second round of the Puerto Rico Open was suspended at 11:35 a.m. ET due to heavy rain with players being removed from the course.
With lift, clean and place in effect, World No. 343 Chris Stroud hung up a 7-under-par 32-33=65 in today's second round of the Puerto Rico Open to post 10-under 134, good for the early 36-hole clubhouse lead. He was on his final hole (par-5 18th) in three and had just missed a lengthy birdie try when the horn sounded. The 35-year-old chose to finish up, knocking in a short come-backer to complete an 8-birdie one-bogey lap. Playing this season on conditional status, he's making his fifth start of the season, entering the week 2-for-4 with one finish inside the top 70, a T13 at the RSM prior to the holiday break. Chasing an opening 69 (five birdies, two bogeys), the Texan improves to 6-for-7 in Puerto Rico. His best so far (and lone top 10) is T9 in 2014 (73-67-68-65).
Playing in his first PGA TOUR event in over a year, S.J. Park opened the Puerto Rico Open with a 2-over-par 36-38=74 to find himself near the bottom of the leaderboard.
Park has been dormant since a mid-tournament WD at the Sanderson Farms in November of 2015. We've seen him recently attempt to play his way into events via Monday qualifiers, but hasn't had any luck. Ending the 2014-15 season ranked 135th in the FedExCup standings, Park still has conditional status as he tries to fulfill the terms of Non-Exempt Major Medical Extension. He will need to earn 454 FedExCup points or $717,890 to move into the Top 125 category, with this being his first of 11 starts remaining on that MME.
J.J. Spaun breezed through Coco Beach Golf and Country Club en route to a bogey-free, 6-under-par 31-35=66 during his two-day opening round at the Puerto Rico Open.
The San Diego State product started his round on Thursday afternoon and kicked things off with a hole-out birdie at the par-4 first hole. He followed that up with a more conventional one-putt eagle at the par-5 second hole to climb up the leaderboard rather quickly. He put it on cruise control from there until the weather horn sounded and he was left stranded. Not literally, as they did provide transportation for him back to the clubhouse. The PGA TOUR rookie returned this morning to finish up his round and he maintained a clean card in the process. Spaun arrived with a pair of top 10s in 13 starts this season, positioning himself 65th on the FedExCup leaderboard. It's not surprising to see the early-season success continue this week as he takes on a lesser-strength field this week in Puerto Rico. This 6-under 66 matches the low round out of the PM wave, matching Rafael Campos and Jonathan Randolph.
Jonathan Randolph returned to Coco Beach Golf and Country on Friday morning to round up his bogey-free, 6-under-par 32-34=66, putting him inside the top 10 after round one at the Puerto Rico Open.
The Web.com Tour grad found just seven (of 14) fairways, just like the first round leader, Trey Mullinax. Both of them proved that inaccuracies off the tee are not the end of the world at Coco Beach G&CC. Randolph recovered to land 15 greens in regulation. The highlight of the round came early when he holed out for eagle at the par-5 second hole. This fast start breaks a string of slow-starting events for Randolph as he previously positioned himself outside the top 95 in each of his last four PGA TOUR starts. With a 2-for-7 start to the season, the 28-year-old could really use a big finish this week.
Puerto Rico's Rafael Campos returned on Friday morning to finish his first round at the Puerto Rico Open, walking off with a 6-under-par 32-34=66 to find himself three strokes off the lead.
Campos is no stranger to success at this event, although the success has been rare. Last year he posted up as the 36-hole leader before drifting his way to a T8 finish. It was his first top 25 in his event in nine tries, with a T29 in 2014 being his second best. Playing on the Web.com Tour last year, Campos ended the season with a 10-for-20 record, highlighted by a T20 at the United Leasing & Finance Championship. The confidence from last year's Puerto Rico Open finish in addition to the local knowledge is surely helping him this week.