Kim Seong-hyun improved the ranking by reducing the number of strokes on the second day of the PGA Tour Mexico Open (total prize money of 7.7 million dollars).
In the second round of the tournament held at Vidanta Vallarta (par 71, 7,456 yards) in Vallarta, Mexico on the 29th (Korean time), Kim Seong-hyun tied one eagle, three birdies, and three bogeys and hit 2 under par 69.
Kim Seong-hyun, who was tied for 50th place with a 2-under par in the first round, recorded an interim total of 4-under 138 and was tied for 32nd.
Kim Seong-hyun’s only top 10 record this season was a tie for 4th at the Shriners Children’s Open in October last year.
In this tournament, he tied for 9th place (8 under par 134 strokes) and finished the second round with a 4-stroke lead, creating a situation worth aiming for another top 10.
Kim Seong-hyun, who played from the 10th hole that day, exchanged 2 birdies and 2 bogeys until the 2nd hole, and was unable to reduce the number of strokes, but increased his momentum with a birdie on the 5th hole (par 3) and an eagle on the 6th hole (par 5). After that, he lost one stroke in the 8th hole (par 4).
Noh Seung-yeol cut 3 strokes and jumped 36 steps to finish in a tie for 45th place (3 under par, 139 strokes), and succeeded in passing the cut.
Last year’s runner-up Tony Finau (USA) drove 7 under par with 8 birdies and one bogey in the second round, recording a total of 13 under par and 129 strokes over two days, rising to the sole lead.
Finau has five wins on the PGA Tour, and his latest win is the Houston Open last November.
Eric Van Luyen (South Africa) and Brandon Wu (USA) tied for second place (12 under par, 130 strokes) by one stroke, and Andrew Putnam (USA) and five other players tied for fourth place (9 under par, 133 strokes), following behind. wasㅋㅋㅋ벳
Yon Ram (Spain), who is currently ranked No. 1 in the world and the winner of this tournament last year, finished the second round with a tie for 12th place (7 under par, 135 strokes) by cutting 3 strokes that day.
Since this tournament is held outside the United States and the Wells Fargo Championship with a total prize pool of $20 million is ahead in the United States next week, there are not many top rankers. Among the contestants, Ram and Finau (ranked 16th) are the only players within the top 20 in the world rankings.
Kang Seong-hun, who was tied for 50th place with Kim Seong-hyun in the first round, lost 9 strokes that day and recorded a total of 7 over par 149 strokes, falling to the bottom and missing the cut. The standard for passing the cut was 2 under par.