Alejandro Canizares, who lost a playoff to countryman Miguel Angel Jimenez two weeks ago in France, is contending for a much bigger prize this week.
The 27-year-old Spaniard was one of the 30 players who had to return to complete their second rounds on Saturday morning. He was up at 4:15 a.m. local time and on the range 75 minutes later.
Once play began at 6:30 a.m., Canizares began making pars, which will never hurt you in a major championship. He closed out his round of 71 with a birdie at the 18th hole that moved him to 6 under for the tournament and into a tie for third.
“It was a very difficult day yesterday – very cold towards the end,” Canizares said. “It was hard to even feel the club in the hands. It was much better this morning. … Luckily I made a few putts and birdied the last. It was a nice way to finish.
“It’s a great feeling to be so high up on the leaderboard. I came here with no expectations, but luckily I’m up there so I’ll see what happens over the weekend.”
Canizares, who is six behind leader Louis Oosthuizen, will play in Saturday’s third-to-last group at 4:20 p.m. (11:20 a.m. ET) with surprising amateur Jin Jeong. – Helen Ross