Jackson, USA, October 2 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – October 2, 2021): Reigning PGA Rookie of the Year Will Zalatoris shot a course record of 61 to grab a share of lead after the second round of the Sanderson Farms Championship in Mississippi.
Zalatoris, who started his round on the 10th hole, had six birdies on his back nine, including two consecutive on a pair of par fours to cap his round and tie for the lead with Nick Watney and the first round leader. Sahith Theegala.
“The days when I go 20 feet are the days when I end up having a good lap, because I’ll always be the guy who is going to hit over 14 greens to give me chances,” Zalatoris said.
Watney shot a 66 on Friday and Theegala had a 67 to reach a total of 13 under 131.
Americans Cameron Young and Hayden Buckley both shot 65s and are tied for fourth, one stroke behind the leaders at the Country Club of Jackson in Jackson, Mississippi. Canadian Roger Sloan is only sixth at less than 11 after a 67.
A half-dozen golfers, including Henrik Norlander of Sweden and American Sam Burns, are tied for seventh at 10 under.
This week’s tournament is taking place with a field sold out, with most of the stars involved in last week’s Ryder Cup choosing to skip the event.
Defending Spanish champion Sergio Garcia, the only player on the pitch to appear in the Ryder Cup last week, shot his second consecutive 70 and missed the cup in one fell swoop.
Watney charged out of the gate on Friday with four birdies in his first six holes to finish with a 66.
“It didn’t sound that stressful,” Watney said. “For the most part I kept it in the right spot on the greens and made a few types of bonus putts that you might not expect. So it’s still fun.” The sophomore Theegala finished his round with a 30 -foot birdie putt for a 67. Earlier he had contributed for the eagle on the third par-five hole.
Former US Open champion Gary Woodland had a 73 and, like Garcia, just missed the cup.