25 Mar 2017

Wilkinson shoots sizzling 63

3:13 pm on 25 March 2017

New Zealand golfer Tim Wilkinson is one shot off the lead after two rounds of the latest event on the PGA tour in Puerto Rico.

Tim Wilkinson.

Tim Wilkinson. Photo: Photosport

Bryson DeChambeau, D.A. Points and Bill Lunde were locked in a three-way tie for the lead when darkness suspended second-round play on Friday at the Puerto Rico Open.

The three Americans were knotted at 11 under par on the rain-softened Coco Beach course, with Lunde having three holes to complete as one of 45 players returning early on Saturday to finish the round in Rio Grande.

DeChambeau fired a seven-under-par 65, Points a 69, and Lunde was four-under for the day after an opening 65.

New Zealand left-hander Wilkinson joined a large group one off the lead with a sizzling 63, playing his last eight holes in seven under par.

Starting on the back nine, Wilkinson carded two birdies before an eagle on the par five second hole set his round alight.

Five consecutive birdies on holes four through eight launched the Manawatu golfer into contention after his opening round 71.

Compatriots Danny Lee carded a second round 70 to be five-under for the tournament, while Steven Alker was three-under through 12 holes and four under for the event.

PGA Tour rookie Trey Mullinax, who grabbed the first round lead at 63 five days after getting married, remained at nine under par after 13 holes when play was halted.

With nearly all of the game's top players competing at the WGC-Dell Match Play in Austin, a weak field at the Puerto Rico could provide a springboard to success for the eventual winner, though the champion will not receive an invitation to the Masters next month.

- Reuters, RNZ