Harris puts some English on it in Mexico

Corwin Parker
Rotoworld

Recap of the day

Morning wave: The morning was dominated by Harris English's (64, 129) continued strong play, his closest chasers in the clubhouse were Alvaro Ortiz (67) and Chris Baker (69) at 9-under 133. Zach Johnson (70) and Carlos Ortiz (65) were next in at 8-under 134.

Afternoon wave: Most of the leaderboard from day one was playing in the afternoon and they didn't disappoint, Vaughn Taylor (66, 131) sits in solo 2nd, Danny Lee (70, 132), Adam Long (69, 132) and Robby Shelton (66, 132) all share 4th and Brendon Todd (68, 131) is alone in 3rd. 

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Leaderboard: -13 Harris English, -12 Vaughn Taylor, -11 Brendon Todd, -10 Danny Lee, -10 Adam Long, -10 Robby Shelton

Notables: -9 Pat Perez, -8 Zach Johnson, -6 Chez Reavie Billy Horschel Scott Piercy,-5 Matt Kuchar, -4 Patton Kizzire, -3 Lanto Griffin

Low round of the day: Solo leader Harris English carded a bogey-free 64 and Robert Streb matched him. 

Cut:  1-under-par 141

MCs: +5 Jason Day, Even Viktor Hovland , Even Aaron Wise, +2 Tony Finau, +5 Charley Hoffman, +1 Keegan Bradley

 

Revised outright betting

English 9/4, V. Taylor 5/1, Todd 6/1, Lee 6/1, Long 8/1

 

Sunday weather forecast

More of the same with a little less wind: partly cloudy, temperatures in the low 70s with a high of 82, humidity in the high 60s and a mere zephyr of around 8 mph.

 

Leaders at 36 holes

Harris English (64, 129) - Has made only one bogey in two days to counter 14 birdies. In search of his fourth top-10 in five events to begin the season.

Vaughn Taylor (66, 130) - Posts back-to-back rounds in the 60s and sits in solo second, 5th in the field in putts per GIR at 1.519.

Brendon Todd (68, 131) - Continues to play well after winning inaugural Bermuda Championship, sixth-most birdies in the field with 12.

Danny Lee (70, 132) - Overnight leader countered three bogeys with two birdies and an eagle on the par-5 13th.

Adam Long (69, 132) - Salvaged round with five straight birdies on back nine, first in the field with 15 birdies.

 

Fate of the favorites

Viktor Hovland (74, 142) - Done in by double bogeys on par-4 2nd and 16th holes, only made 3 birdies en route to his first missed cut of the season. 

Jason Day (77, 147) - Yikes. Not the way he wanted to play after being announced as a captain's pick for the Presidents Cup, made five bogeys a double bogey and a 7 on the par-4 1st hole.

Tony Finau (74, 144) - A rough week for the Presidents Cup Captain's pick as he was in sight of the cut with three holes to play Saturday afternoon and went bogey, double bogey, double bogey to finished and missed the cut by three. 

Abraham Ancer (72, 138) - The native of Mexico and favorite to contend followed up an opening round of 5-under 66 with a second round of 1-over 72. 

 

Quotes

Harris English (64) - "Feel good about the round, think i might have missed two greens today. Just hit it well, iron game was on, wedge game was on and got hot with the putter a little but. It was pretty awesome"

 

Road to victory at El Camaleon

2018 Matt Kuchar – R1: 1, R2: 1, R3: 1

2017 Patton Kizzire – R1: 1, R2: 1, R3: 1

2016 Pat Perez – R1: 20, R2: 11, R3: 3

2015 Graeme McDowell – R1: 10, R2: 1, R3: 3

2014 Charley Hoffman – R1: 7, R2: 9, R3: 3

Notes: Three of the above five were leading at this stage and being in-contention has definitely mattered here. All 12 of the winners were T11 or better at halfway and nine were T5 or better.

 

Fate of the halfway leaders at El Camaleon – where did they finish?

2018 Matt Kuchar 1st

2017 Patton Kizzire 1st, Rickie Fowler 2nd, Patrick Rodgers 14th

2016 Gary Woodland 2nd

2015 Graeme McDowell 1st

2014 Michael Putnam 51st

Notes: Whilst we’ve noted above that being in-contention is important when chasing the win, actually having the lead has been helpful recently, but not always. Three of the last four winners had the lead or a share of it, but 21 men have held or shared the 36-hole lead and six earned the victory.

 

Focus on - Russell Henley

Shortly after signing for what he believed was 7-under 135, Russell Henley noticed a different, second version of his usual Titleist Pro V1x ball in his bag. Henley was signing golf balls and giving them away to fans when he noticed the discrepancy and informed the Rules of Golf Officials. After meeting for an hour and speaking with Henley further it was determined that he violated the PGA TOUR's One Ball Rule where you must play the same brand and version of a ball for an entire round. After a discussion it was determined that Henley used the unsanctioned ball on holes 9-12 and he was assessed a two-stoke penalty on all four holes. His 2-under 69 turned into 6-over 77 and he will miss his first cut in nine events. 

Focus on - Robby Shelton

World No. 172 Robby Shelton has been making an impact on the PGA TOUR after winning twice last season on the Korn Ferry Tour and joining the higher ranks. The 24-year-old Alabama product has made 4-of-6 cuts to begin the season and held the 18-hole and 36-hole lead at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier before finishing T7. He enters the week ranked 59th in the FedExCup and 29th in Strokes gained off-the-tee at 0.553. Another young player with loads of talent who finished with a birdie to join the group at 10-under 132, he has 14 on the week which is tied for the second-most in the field.

 

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