Im takes Dominican Republic lead in bid for Masters spot

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic — Doubtless needing to win to get a Masters spot by way of the world rating, Sungjae Im rebounded from an early double bogey to take the second-round lead Friday within the PGA Tour’s Corales Puntacana Resort & Membership Championship.

“After that dangerous begin, my objective was to stay calm all through the remainder of my spherical,” Im stated. “I’m hitting the ball rather well, so I feel that led to plenty of my birdies. Having the ability to management my thoughts helped me get these birdies as nicely.

A day earlier than his 21st birthday, the South Korean participant completed together with his second straight 5-under 67 for a one-stroke lead over Jonathan Byrd (67), Aaron Baddeley (67), Paul Dunne (69) and George McNeill (65).

At 59th this week, Im must get into the highest 50 within the subsequent rating to play at Augusta Nationwide. The winner doesn’t earn an automated Masters spot as a result of the occasion is being performed reverse the World Golf Championships occasion in Texas.

Im observe the double bogey on his second gap — the par-Three 11th — with birdies on 4 of the subsequent 5 holes.

“It’s an extended par Three, about 220 metres to the opening. There was wind blowing towards me, so I hit my Three-wood,” Im stated. “My shot ended up within the again bunker and it was sitting on a troublesome downslope, so it wasn’t an important scenario. In hindsight, if I might’ve given the shot an additional thought and calmed myself down extra, I might’ve walked away with a bogey, however I rushed issues and that led to an unlucky begin.”

On his again 9, he rebounded from a bogey on the par-Three second with birdies on 4 of the ultimate seven holes.

Jonas Blixt was eight beneath after a 65, and Graeme McDowell adopted a gap 73 with a 64 to prime the group at 7 beneath.

“Performed OK yesterday, aside from my medium- and long-iron play was just a little rusty,” McDowell stated. “The remainder of it was actually good, so I knew if I might clear that up in the present day that every little thing can be good. And it was very benign situations this morning. It was good to start out on the entrance, which might be the simpler 9.”

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo shot 79-80 to complete 127th out of the 128 gamers who accomplished two rounds. Taking part in as an novice, the CBS analyst had his lone birdie of the week on the par-Four eighth after making a triple bogey on the opening Thursday.

“I took the identical membership however determined to tee it just a little decrease, just a bit stinger shot,” Romo stated. “I putted horrible all through the week and you are feeling like you possibly can hit the ball for actually good stretches, however you get nothing out of it.”

He completed final a 12 months in the past.

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