Splendid second round, Tony Finau takes lead

It's a day to remember for Tony Finau, who at the halfway point of the Texas Children's Houston Open (with a prize pool of $9.1 million) leads the pack

by Andrea Gussoni
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Splendid second round, Tony Finau takes lead
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It's a day to remember for Tony Finau, who at the halfway point of the Texas Children's Houston Open (with a prize pool of $9.1 million) leads the pack. The American sets a course record, matching his personal best score on the PGA Tour with a remarkable 62 (-8) today, allowing him to jump to the top at -9 overall for the tournament.

Finau heads into the Texan weekend with a two-shot lead over everyone else, aiming for back-to-back victories in this event, albeit sixteen months apart.

Finau, results

Finau's performance on the greens today is one to be noted, with three putts holed from over seven and a half meters throughout his eighteen holes, and a fabulous approach shot finding the center of the hole for an eagle on the par 5 eighth, his penultimate hole of the day.

The American narrowly misses a birdie on the ninth green, which would have been his lowest round ever on the American circuit. In second place at -7 is Alejandro Tosti, an Argentine in his debut season on the PGA Tour, who today posted an impressive 67 (-3) to confirm his good feeling on these holes.

Thomas Detry, with an excellent -6 for the day (64 strokes), climbs a remarkable 51 positions and, from struggling to make the cut, finds himself in full contention for victory. The Belgian sits third on his own, ahead of a group of six players, all American except for German Stephan Jaeger, occupying fourth place with a total score of -5: Joe Highsmith, Akshay Bhatia, Taylor Moore, Chad Ramey, and Scottie Scheffler.

The world number one finds himself in a minor drama on the eighteenth, where a bloody double bogey prevents him from extending his record streak of rounds under par. The New Jersey native thus halts the counter at 28, closing the second round in Texas in 70 strokes, level with par for the course.

Scheffler struggles with his putt, needing three from less than two meters and missing one from just over half a meter. Nevertheless, the American sits fourth, four shots behind, fully engaged in the battle to win his third consecutive tournament in his last three appearances.

Completing the top-10 in tenth place on the par 70 Memorial Park Municipal Golf Course in Houston, Texas, are Americans Davis Riley and Max Greyserman, along with Englishmen Aaron Rai and David Skinns, all at -4.

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