This Friday Etulain Julian from Argentina showed his serious intentions to successfully defend the title Lexus Open presented by Scotiabank Peru.
The 26 year old made eight birdies and only one bogey to present a card 65 that became the new undisputed leader to halfway.
His total of 10-under par 134 at this stage of the tournament means a stroke ahead of American Darron Stiles, a veteran of Web.com Tour today made a bogey-free 67.
A three strokes of the tip, third place is shared by the Brazilian Rafael Becker, Mexican Armando Villarreal, German Stephan Jaeger and Argentine Gustavo Acosta and Tano Goya.
Being back in Los Inkas Golf Club, where he won his first PGA TOUR title of Latin America last November 10, it is a factor that is positively influencing Etulain game.
“If I tell you (the court) is made for me, there would sound weird, but that’s the feeling it gives me,” said the leader. “From the tee I get holes all comfortable on the greens and see the truth all falls pretty well. If we add to that I’ve been hitting pretty well, things become easier. “
After a 69 that placed him in tenth place to start the day, Etulain was solid throughout the second round he played this morning. He began his assault to the top with birdies at 10, 14 and 16 to 33 on his first nine.
By the turn 1 made birdies at 2, 3, 5, 7 and 8, with a single bogey at 4. His final birdie at 8, a par-five of 495 yards which hit the wood-3 from the tee, luck and skill involved.
“I wanted to pull the left rough with iron-5, but the ball was muddy and I went directly to the right. I thought I had thrown into the water, but was in the hazard, a few inches of water, “said Etulain. “From there I was able to hit a great shot from 45 yards, I let a meter and got”.
While the tournament is just half the regularity of their game Etulain is a serious candidate to become the first player to successfully defend the title of a PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
“I look good. It is a good position for the weekend and I’m sticking well. I think that from now to year is a matter of patience and waiting, I know you are going to take things because I’m hitting well and working well, “he said about what awaits the rest of the tournament and season.
In 2014 Etulain been constantly fighting for the top spots and test are the four top-3′s, among which his victory in the Lexus Classic Panama in May. The Tour Web.com is your vision and eventual win here would let him in good position to make the leap to the next level.
Weather Conditions. Mostly cloudy. Maximum temperature of 20 degrees Celsius. Mild and variable winds.
Court. The cut was set at 144 and torque was exceeded by 65 players from fifteen countries. These two professionals and two local amateur.
Darron Stiles. Coming from Web.com Tour, where he has won five of the 315 tournaments he has played in his career, the American Darron Stiles is a player care this week.
Today he jumped into second place alone with a bogey-free round of 67 that closed holing a putt eleven meters eagle on the 8th hole, her 17th hole.
“This week the putting and my short game has been fine. Today you better hit the ball yesterday, but I left some putts that did not go into the last five meters or less. I am very pleased with my start, “said the veteran of 41 years after rounds of 68 and 67 in his first appearance on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
During his career Stiles has also gained experience on the PGA TOUR, which he ascended through Web.com Tour in 2002, 2004, 2008 and 2012. In the 137 tournaments he played at the highest level his best finish was a tie for ninth on three different occasions.
The Five. Although he had a promising start yesterday of 67 shots, the American William Kropp again compromising his position within the five best of the Order of Merit. Today he left the tournament with 81 and will be at the expense of what he can achieve his compatriot Brad Hopfinger, who ranks sixth and need to win at least $ 1.398 this weekend to snatch fifth place.
The following are the positions of the five scores after 36 holes:
1. Julian Etulain, Argentina 69-65–134 (-10)
T31. Tyler McCumber, USA 72-70–142 (-2)
T56. Marcelo Rozo, Colombia 71-73–144 (pair)
T66. Rick Cochran III, USA 71-74–145 (+1) Failed cutting
T102. William Kropp, USA 67-81–148 (+4) Failed cutting
Zarlenga loses his way. After a great start to the 65 shots he became leader of two Thursday, Argentina Armando Zarlenga had a tough afternoon just six bogeys and four birdies. Your card 74 dropped him into a tie for ninth place, five shots of far pointer.
Four Peruvians still in the race. The Salem brothers Sebastian and Patrick were the two local professional who managed to make the cut, both in a tie for 39th with 1-under par. Also over the weekend play Peruvian Felipe Strobach amateurs with full 1-less, and Alonso Palma, with par. This was the first time in the 2014 season of PGA TOUR Latinoamérica achieved when two amateurs to make the cut. Amateurs only ones who had arrived at the weekend this year had been the Argentine Matias Simaski, who finished T35 at the Open OSDE Center in Cordoba, and the Uruguayan Juan Alvarez, who finished T23 at the Roberto De Vicenzo NEC Invitational Cup in Montevideo .
Best round of the day:
65 (-7) Julian Etulain, Argentina; Willy Pumarol, Dominican Republic; Armando Favela, Mexico
65 (-7) Willy Pumarol, Dominican Republic
67 (-5) Darron Stiles, USA .; Armando Villarreal, Mexico
69 (-3) David Borda, Spain
More about this event. The Lexus Open presented by Scotiabank Peru is the fourteenth tournament of the 2014 PGA TOUR season marketplace. Also part of regional tour for the third consecutive year.
Tournament: Lexus Peru Open presented by Scotiabank
Date: October 27 to November 2, 2014
Headquarters: Los Inkas Golf Club
Par / Yardage: 72 (36/36) / 6,914 yards
Record: 63 (-9) Andres Echavarria (COL) 2012; Zarlenga Armando (ARG) 2013
City: Surco, Lima, Peru
Bag: US $ 150,000 – Gain Champion: $ 27,000
Field: 144 players from 23 countries (141 professional and 3 amateurs)
Cut: Top 55 and ties
Hashtags: #PeruOpen #pgatourla
Source: PGA TOUR