Birdie streak leads Wolfe to five-shot cushion at the Jockey Club
November 15, 2019
By Communications, PGATOURLA.COM
- November 15, 2019
- Jared Wolfe during the second round of the 114th VISA Open de Argentina presented by Macro at the Jockey Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Enrique Berardi/PGA TOUR)
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina—Jared Wolfe said after his opening-round 65 that if he were putting well, he gave himself a chance to win at the Jockey Club. He added he would really like his possibilities if he was striking the ball well. Well, he’s doing both, and that has led to Wolfe opening a five-shot lead at the 114th edition of the VISA Open de Argentina presented by Macro. He will go into the weekend with the sizable advantage over fellow American Jonathan Garrick after shooting 63 even though he made back-to-back bogeys. Six consecutive birdies helped him forget those two bad holes.
The winner of the season-opening Buenaventura Classic had his second consecutive strong showing on holes 10 through 18 at the historic course. Thursday, Wolfe playing those holes last, was 5-under from No. 13 on. He duplicated that feat Friday.
“It was a really good day today. I started out with a few pars, and then I got on a run, making six in a row after that. I had a couple of hiccups but nothing I could really control. I misjudged the wind twice on what I thought were perfect shots,” Wolfe said of his birdie streak and his two bogeys, at Nos. 3 and 4. “That can happen out here.”
Thursday, Wolfe had a par save on the par-3 17th to maintain his momentum. He had another “nice par save” on a late-in-his round par-3, this time on No. 8 that allowed him to say “It was a really great day.”
Prior to his birdie streak, Wolfe made a 15-footer to save par at No. 14. He then rolled in 31 feet of putts, his longest a nine-footer at No. 17 and a two-inch tap-in at No. 18 his easiest.
Michael Feuerstein put together his second consecutive 67, and he is alone in third place but a distant seven shots behind Wolfe.View this post on Instagram
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Did you know Taylor Pendrith, whose 64 Friday is the second-lowest round of the week, finished No. 2 on the Order of Merit on the 2019 Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada? The Canadian won two tournaments in Canada, the 1932byBateman Open and the Mackenzie Investments Open. His low 18-hole round in Canada was a second-round 62 on his way to the win at the Mackenzie Investments Open.
The cut came at 2-over, with 70 professionals and three amateurs making it to the weekend.
First-round leader Victor Lange was 11 strokes worse Friday after opening with a 7-under 63. His 74 included a birdie-free front nine and only one birdie overall—on No. 10. He had bogeys at Nos. 1, 4, 5, 11 and 17. Lange is tied for 13th.
Brazil’s Rafael Becker became the seventh player in PGA TOUR Latinoamérica history to make seven birdies in succession. Becker pulled off the feat starting at No. 15, his streak ending at No. 4. The last player with seven in a row was Maxi Godoy, at the 2018 BMW Jamaica Classic.
Rafael Becker’s birdie streak began after he made a double bogey at No. 12, a par on the 13th and a bogey at No. 14. “I was really down on myself after that. But then I made a solid birdie—a 10-footer on 15. I chipped it bad, but I still made the putt. Then on 16 I made a bomb, probably 10 or 11 yards,” he said. Five more followed. “I’ve been putting really well. We did a great job today reading the lines, which is not easy out here. The paspalum (grass) sometimes pulls it a little bit. But my speed has been amazing the last few months.”
Amateur Abel Gallegos had a difficult second day following his opening-round, 4-under 66. He shot a 74 to finish at even through 36 holes. The 478th-ranked amateur in the World Amateur Golf Ranking still made the cut and is tied for 34th. Two other amateurs also made it to the weekend: Aram Yenidejan and Vicente Marzilio (2-over). Those missing the cut were Leandro Correa, Manuel Lozada, Segundo Oliva Pinto, Juan Ignacio Noba and Andy Schonbaum.
There were 51 Argentines playing this week, with 24 making the cut. Leading the way are Clodomiro Carranza and Augusto Núñez, both tied for eighth. The others to make the cut are Paulo Pinto and Gaston Romero (3-under), Tommy Cocha, Ignacio Sosa Quiroga and Mauricio Molina at 1-under, Andrés Gallegos, Cesar Costilla, Tano Goya and amateur Abel Gallegos at even, Rafael Echenique, Cesar Monasterio and Oreste Focaccia (1-over) and Facundo Villanueva, Francisco Ojeda, amateurs Aram Yenidjeian and Vicente Marzilio, Alejandro Tosti, Ignacio Marino, Jaime López Rivarola, Puma Domínguez, Andrés Romero and Marcos Montenegro (2-over).
Defending champion Isidro Benítez began the week with a 1-over 71. He came back with a 1-under 69 in the second round to move into a tie for 34th, up 15 positions on the leaderboard.
Of the winners of the last four PGA TOUR Latinoamérica tournaments—all Argentines—three, Augusto Núñez (Banco del Pacifico Open), Alejandro Tosti (Termas de Rio Hondo Invitaitonal) and Puma Domínguez (Neuquen Argentina Classic), made the cut this week. Núñez is tied for eighth, while Tosti and Domínguez made the cut on the number and are tied for 55th. Leandro Marelli (Diners Club Peru Open winner) missed, at 4-over.
The only first-round leader to convert his advantage into a victory this season is Jared Wolfe, who led wire to wire in Panama, at the Buenaventura Classic. He was three strokes ahead at the 36-hole mark in Panama.
Officials disqualified American Spencer Smith after the first round for signing an incorrect scorecard.
“The game feels good. I’ve been in this situation before, and with that experience, I know I have two long days of golf left on a very, very difficult golf course that isn’t going to get easier.” –Jared Wolfe
“I made two bogeys today on what I thought were really good shots. It just shows how quick you can get things sideways here. But I also had the run of six birdies, which shows how quick you can go on a run. If I can do it, the other guys can do it too.” –Jared Wolfe
“I just need to stay smart and patient and take the birdies as I get them.” –Jared Wolfe on his weekend strategy
“I know the Jockey Club is special, and coming into the city is great. This is the best event of the year, in my opinion. The people, the fans, make it amazing. I just happen to play well at this event.” –Jared Wolfe
“It’s been awesome. I’ve never been down here before. This is my first tournament on this Tour, and Buenos Aires is beautiful. The golf course is amazing, very tricky. It’s been fun.” –Taylor Pendrith
“There is so much history and the tournament has been going on for a long time. I’m pretty far behind the leader, but anything can happen. Just looking forward to the [weekend].” –Taylor Pendrith
“I hit a lot of drivers today. I’ve been hitting my driver well, and I gave myself a lot of birdie putt.” –Taylor Pendrith
“I hit every green and had a birdie putt on every hole. I was fortunate enough to make some of them.” –Taylor Pendrith
“It’s a great course for somebody who hits it long, and the driver has been good.” –Taylor Pendrith
Second-Round Weather Report
Warm and pleasant for most of the day after a cool start. High of 79. Wind NE at 7-10 mph.