Ben Martin has shot one other six-under 66 to double his result in two strokes within the PGA Tour’s Corales Puntacana Championship.
Martin had 4 birdies in a late five-hole stretch, ending the afternoon spherical on the entrance 9 at breezy Corales Golf Course.
“I believe the course was enjoying somewhat simpler,” Martin stated. “The wind was up yesterday morning greater than it was this afternoon.
“But it surely was beginning to dry out some within the afternoon, so somewhat give and take there.”
He started the late run with a birdie on the par-5 fourth and added three extra on the par-4 sixth, par-5 seventh and par-4 eighth. He additionally began quick, birdieing the primary three holes.
“I’ve simply been in a fantastic mindset,” Martin stated. I believe greater than something, my swing feels in an excellent place, I am rolling it good.
“So every part sort of feels straightforward and I am not placing an excessive amount of strain on myself and making some birdies when I’ve possibilities, however not attempting to do an excessive amount of.”
The 34-year-old former Clemson participant has made just one different PGA Tour begin this 12 months, lacking the minimize in Puerto Rico with rounds of 78 and 70.
He received the 2014 Shriners Hospitals for Youngsters Open for his lone PGA Tour title.
“Not having a fantastic standing, I believe that motivated me to get again out,” Martin stated. “I’d say over the past six months kind of I have been working more durable, working smarter than I’ve prior to now 4 or 5 years.”
Alex Smalley was second at 10 below after a 65. The tour rookie from Duke countered a gap double bogey with an eagle on No. 4 and closed with birdies on Nos.7 and 9. On his first gap, his mom helped him by discovering his ball in a bush.
“Not how I wished to start out, not tremendous comfortable, however she saved me an excellent 190-yard stroll,” Smalley stated.
Chad Ramey (65) and Adam Schenk (68) had been 9 below. Schenk additionally eagled the fourth. He superior to the weekend for the third time in his final 10 begins.
Graeme McDowell, the 2019 winner, was eight below after his second 68. He birdied 4 of his final 5 holes.
“Key end to get my momentum again shifting into the weekend,” McDowell stated. “Persevering with to really feel very snug, like the way in which the greens are organising, driving it very well and simply received to maintain doing extra of the identical actually.”
Nate Lashley was at seven below after a 68.
Australian Cameron Percy shot a four-under 68 that included six birdies and two bogeys to be at 5 below.
He’s in joint thirteenth place with a complete of 139, three photographs higher than compatriot Greg Chalmers.
Nicolai Hojgaard of Denmark, the highest-ranked participant within the area at No.77 on the earth, missed the minimize by a stroke with rounds of 73 and 71. His twin brother, Rasmus, was 4 below after a 67.
With the event being performed reverse the Match Play occasion in Austin, Texas, the winner will probably be exempt into the PGA Championship however not the Masters.