Vallarta Port /
The Spanish and number two in the world Jon Rahm toured the Vidanta Vallarta with 66 shots for an accumulated 130, 12 under field par, in the second round of the Mexico Open that takes place in Puerto Vallarta.
Despite the fact that the wind began to blow much earlier, the European managed to adapt his game to this grass designed by Greg Norman to beat his closest rival, American Alex Smalley, by two strokes, who is down -10 in the field.
“The wind makes a totally different course and you can’t be that aggressive. You have to have high-quality shots to be in a good position and give yourself opportunities. You have to go blow by blow because anyone inside the field it can give you problems, they are very talented golfers and there are still two rounds to play”, said Rahm, who assured that one of his short-term goals was to recover the number one in the world and for that he had to go little by little adding victories.
In third place, tied, there are 6 players among which stand out the American Cameron Champ and Patrick Reed, who are at -9, four strokes behind the lead.
The best Mexican in the classification table is the Guadalajara Alvaro Ortiz – Korn Ferry Tour player who got his exemption to participate. The youngest of the Ortiz brothers is in position 25 in the table after achieving an accumulated five under par.
Álvaro, who showed great poise – and spoke of still having a lot of golf ahead of him, started his day with a bogey and a birdie. Then he added one more bogey in the in. However, for his last 9 holes he holed five birdies for a double bogey.
“I’m very excited and it means a lot to me (to have made the cut) because I’ve lost a couple at the Korn Ferry it feels good to be on the weekend again… I think I’m playing good golf and I’ve been working hard. I feel like my game is getting to where I want it to be and where it should be. I want a good weekend, in one of those a top 10. I am very calm and I think I am ready to live something incredible. I am enjoying my whole family together”, Álvaro declared after leaving the field. .
Carlos Ortiz and Abraham Ancer, the two tricolors with a PGA Tour card and a win on the tour, also made the cut after two conservative rounds.
Carlos is in position 47, after climbing 14 positions, and finds himself at -3; while El Turco is in square 59 of the table with -2, 10 shots behind Rahm.
The Mexicans who did not pass the cut were Armando Favela, Roberto Díaz, Jose Antonio Safa, José Cristobal Islas, Isidro Benitez, Santiago de la Fuente and Manuel Inman.