Jon Rahm holds absolute lead after Mexican Open second round; the world No. 2 delivered a round 66 to sit at 12 under par; he birdied the four-par-five in the round – watch the Mexican Open all week on Sky Sports Golf
Last update: 30/04/22 08:23
A look back at the best of the action from the second round of the PGA Tour Mexican Open, where Jon Rahm continues to impress.
World No. 2 Jon Rahm is two shots clear after the second round of the Mexican Open at Vidanta Vallara.
Rahm entered the day in a six-way tie at the top of the standings, but stood out with another solid round that included eight birdies and three bogeys.
The Spaniard birdied on the day’s four-par-five to deliver his round of 66 and sit at 12 under par.
Rahm, the highest-ranked player on the course, holds the 36-hole lead for the seventh time in his career. He leads ahead of Alex Smalley, who also shot 66, and sits 10 under overall.
“The wind makes it a completely different golf course,” said the world No. 2, of the tougher conditions encountered in the second round.
“Yesterday, with the exception of the last four holes or so, we enjoyed a windless day and you can be a bit more aggressive with some shots. hit the pin because those greens are receptive.
“So I feel like I could be a bit happier with today’s score than yesterday. Yesterday I felt like I was really in control and relatively stress-free, isn’t “Isn’t it? Today was a bit more difficult, but still a very good round of golf.”
Smalley, who is two shots behind Rahm, produced an eagle 165 yards out on the par-4 third hole. He then added five birdies and two bogeys in his round.
Six players are tied for third, three strokes off the lead at 9 under.
Adam Long, Cameron Champ and Patrick Reed are included in the third-place stalemate after shooting 66 in the second round. Andrew Novak (67), Brandon Hagy (67) and Trey Mullinax (69) are also 9 under in two rounds.
Long said he could start to feel the energy of being in contention as the weekend approaches.
“I guess you kinda feel it now,” Long said. “You know the weekend is going to mean a lot and you’re going to have a chance on the weekend if you have two more good rounds you’ll be there. But there’s definitely a lot of golf left.”
England’s Aaron Rai produced a second-round 69 and tied for ninth with five others on eight under.
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