RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (AP) — Ryan Brehm closed the birdie-eagle for a 5-under 67 and the second-round lead Friday at the Puerto Rico Open.
Brehm is making his final start on a minor medical extension and must win or finish second alone to retain his status. He is the only player in the field without a bogey over 36 holes.
“It would be wrong to say you don’t think about it, but realistically, since the start of this year, we’ve just been trying to get better every day, every week,” Brehm said. “As long as we can do that, if we can take something out of every lap, every situation, put the pressure on me, we’re going to learn from it. Just enjoy the process of really doing it and we do it.
Brehm birdied the par-4 17th and made a 30-footer for the eagle on the par-5 18th to make it 11-under 133 at Grand Reserve.
“It was kind of boring until the end,” said Brehm, winless on the PGA Tour. “I feel like I had to scramble a bit, have some tough ups and downs, up and down them, make a few good par putts, keep the momentum going and finish the birdie-eagle, done a bomb on the last hole. You add it up, it’s pretty good.
Max McGreevy (64), Satoshi Kodaira (66) and Michael Kim (69) were one blow back. Callum Tarren (65) was at 9 under.
Kim shared the first-round lead after a 65. Since winning the John Deere Classic in 2018, he’s made just 15 cuts in 75 starts on the PGA Tour, including a streak of 25 consecutive events without a go to the weekend. He was world No. 75 when he won and is now No. 1,030.
“Obviously it wasn’t as clean as yesterday, but I got a few birdies to knock down the front nine,” Kim said. “Overall happy with the round.”
University of Oklahoma senior Chris Gotterup had 8 under after his second straight 68. Making his PGA Tour debut, he won the collegiate Puerto Rico Classic event two weeks ago at Grand Reserve.
“I’m just very comfortable on this course,” Gotterup said. “Par 5s are perfect for me and I can take advantage of them when I can. And when I’m out of position, I just try to keep it in play.”
Puerto Rico native Rafa Campos shot a 68 to make it 6 under.
“Overall, I’m really happy with today’s round,” said Campos. “I didn’t hit the ball really well, but I’m really happy with the way the ball rolled on the greens.”
The event is played in front of the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Florida. The winner will receive a two-year exemption and participate in the PGA Championship, but will not be exempted for the Masters.
Second Round Notes – Friday, March 4, 2022
Weather: Partly cloudy. High of 83. Wind ENE 10-15 mph, gusts to 22 mph.
36-hole cup: 69 professionals and an amateur at 1-under 143 out of a field of 117 professionals and three amateurs
Second round standings
Ryan Brehm 66-67—133 (-11)
Michael Kim 65-69—134 (-10)
Satoshi Kodaira 68-66—134 (-10)
Max McGreevy 70-64—134 (-10)
Callum Tarren 70-65—135 (-9)
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