Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen and Chez Reavie each shot a 66 on the par-70 TPC Southwind course.
His win at the following year’s Emirates Australian Open at his home course at The Australian catapulted him to the verge of the top 50 in the world rankings, but it’s since been a steady decline until a recent up-tick in form.
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“The chip-in for sure took the pressure off the round a little bit and helped me find my game”, said Cabrera Bello, who subsequently holed out from 30 feet at the par-three fourth and then completed a hat-trick of birdies by sinking a 20-foot putt at the next. “Like one round is not that big a deal”.
Among those who missed the cut at 1 over: Jason Bohn, Boo Weekley and Jim Furyk were in the cluster of players at 2 over, and Rickie Fowler was at 4 over. 16 and 17. On the par-5 16th, he sent his second shot into a greenside bunker but recovered by chipping out of the sand to inside of 5 feet of the flagstick.
“I stroked the ball well”, said the 2011 Masters champion. “I had one mistake, but I think a pretty good bogey on 18, so I was just happy to be able to step it up”.
Cink, Brown and Munoz joined him by making afternoon charges up the leaderboard. “Hot some days, cold some days”.
“I putted better today”.
The 44-year-old Cink is in good position to get his first victory since winning the 2009 British Open. Lefty will get the headlines on the weekend, though, as he’s been in the top five in three of the last four tournaments here and is skipping next week’s major to be at his daughter’s graduation. It was only Aguilar’s fifth round with an under-70 score this season.
LPGA: Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand won the Manulife LPGA Classic on Sunday with a birdie on the first playoff hole to beat American Lexi Thompson and South Korea’s In Gee Chun.
Charl Schwartzel shot 66 and Whee Kim shot 67 to tie for second, one shot back.
It will be the 23-year-old’s first appearance at the event.