Two on top heading into third day in Mexico

May 24, 2013

By Royce Thompson, Tour staff

LEON, Mexico –Tyrone Van Aswegen fired a seven-under 65 at the Mexico Championship presented by Banamex during the morning wave on Friday. Michael Putnam, the leader after round one, will finish his second round at El Bosque Country Club starting at 8 a.m. CT. For the second day in a row play has been suspended for the day with nearly half the field yet to complete their second round.

Michael Connell, who played with Van Aswegen in rounds one and two, finds himself one stroke off the current pace.


In a share of fourth two back are Germany’s Stephan Jaegar, who is still on the golf course, and PGA TOUR veteran Jeff Klauk.

Argentina’s Clodomiro Carranza, who has yet to start his second round, and Duke alum, Wes Roach, are three back in a share of sixth place.

It was another calm morning at El Bosque and no one took advantage of it more than Van Aswegen. The Oklahoma City University alum had a plan to keep it in play and stuck to that throughout the round.

“I just hit fairways and greens and gave myself opportunities,” the South African explained. “The greens were receptive this morning, so you could be aggressive if you were in the fairway.”

The four-year pro mainly hit his strong 3-wood off the tee and described his play this week as “conservative but aggressive”.

“I didn’t hit one driver today,” he said. “If you’re in play, you’re going to have opportunities and today I took advantage of those.”

Connell, who tied for third at the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation last week, is riding a hot putter. He drained a down-hill eight-foot putt on 18 for birdie. The PGA TOUR veteran has a strategy to get the most out of his round each day.

“The greens kind of dictate what I do,” he said. “You just have to kind of pick your spots, pick a shot you can hit, and execute it by knocking the putt in.”

Putnam feels very fortunate to not be out there playing in the tough conditions. The Washington native will get back at it in the morning and be able to play as aggressively as he did in round one.

“I’m happy we stopped playing,” he said with a smile. “The conditions were going to be really tough if we went back out there.

“With a little rain this even and hopefully some calm conditions in the morning it’s going to play a lot easier than it would’ve this afternoon.”

Play will resume at 8 AM CT on Saturday. Once the second round is complete, players will go off in threesomes off split tees in the afternoon.

Second-Round Notes

-- For the second consecutive day, play was called. Nearly half the field is still on the course playing their second rounds.

-- Bhavik Patel followed up his double- eagle on No. 8 in round one with an eagle in round two on the same hole.

-- Low rounds of the day through the morning wave of the second round:

65– Tyrone Van Aswegen
67– Michael Connell
68– John Chin, J.J. Killeen
69– Jose de Jesus Rodriguez, Andrew D. Putnam, Matias O’Curry, Len Mattiace, Kevin Kim, Chesson Hadley, Jason Gore, Aaron Goldberg, D.J. Brigman

-- There are two past champions in the field this week. Here are their results:


Scores (To par) Position
Troy Merrit* (2009)
67 (-5) T6
Jamie Lovemark* (2010) 72 (E) T48
Course statistics for the week
  Front (36) Back (36) Total (72)
Round 1 36.266 37.021 72.287
Round 2 N/A N/A N/A