Jonas Blixt, Brendon de Jonge in 2nd-round Las Vegas lead
October 7, 2012, 12:10 am TWN
LAS VEGAS--Sweden's Jonas Blixt shot his second straight 7-under 64 on Friday for a share of the second-round lead with Zimbabwe's Brendon de Jonge in the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
De Jonge followed his opening 62 with a 66 to match Blixt at 14-under 128 after two rounds in perfect conditions in the Fall Series opener.
“It's a lot of things that makes me play well this week,” said Blixt. “I got my family in town, my brother and my sister, a couple friends from overseas, which makes it really relaxed. We're renting a house together and just having a good time. I don't think about golf at all coming off the golf course. Just hang out with them. It's easy to think about something else when you're in Las Vegas, right?”
Blixt and de Jonge are winless on the PGA Tour.
“I've been working a lot on my ball-striking the last few weeks when I've been off,” Blixt said. “It's not really there yet, but I got a hot putter and it's been helping me out a lot the last two days.”
Blixt birdied Nos. 15 and 16, made a double bogey on the par-3 17th, and finished with a birdie on 18. He also had an eagle on the par-4 seventh hole.
“First of all, I don't know why they always put water on 17, on the par 3s,” Blixt said. “Every single week we play on par 3s ... It's a great hole, but if I miss it's left, so that's why I don't really appreciate it. But I just got a little fast and that's why I missed. Tried to hit a little soft 6-iron in there.”
Ryan Moore, the Las Vegas resident who matched the TPC Summerlin record Thursday with a 61, was a stroke back after a 68.
“It was a good, solid round,” Moore said. “I definitely would have liked to have seen a few more of those putts drop. But I hit good putts all day. They were just burning the edges, lipping out. All in all, I like my position going into the weekend.”
Daniel Summerhays and Tim Herron were 11 under. Summerhays had a 63, and Herron shot 68.
John Daly was 10 under after a 63, his lowest score of the year. At 132nd on the money list, the two-time major champion is trying to move into the top 125 to secure full playing privileges for next season.
Daly had eight birdies, an eagle and two bogeys to match Summerhays for the best round of the day.
Vijay Singh, Nick Watney, Chris Kirk and John Huh also were 10 under. Singh and Watney shot 66, Kirk had a 68, and Huh a 69.
Watney also lives in the area.
Defending champion Kevin Na was 8 under after a 66.
Casey Martin missed the cut with rounds of 71 and 74. Martin, playing on a sponsor exemption, is allowed to use a cart in competition because of a rare circulatory disorder in his right leg.