Wilson Takes A Share Of The Lead

Wilson Takes A Share Of The Lead

American Mark Wilson stormed home to card a five-under-par 66 and draw level with first-round leader Villegas on 11 under par. 

Villegas, who shot a tournament record-equalling nine-under-par first round yesterday with his golf clubs, missed the chance to hold onto the lead outright when he bogeyed the par-four 18th after driving his ball into the pampas grass in the fairway bunker. 

One stroke behind the leaders were the American trio of Ryan Moore, Rickie Fowler and Anthony Kim, who had threatened an even better round than his 65 after failing to add to his six birdies on the outward nine. 

Ian Poulter, last week’s winner at the WGC-Accenture Match Play, also moved into contention with a seven-under-par 64 to be three strokes off the pace alongside fellow Englishman Justin Rose. 

Defending champion Kenny Perry only just ensured he would play at the weekend with four late birdies to finish four-under, a single stroke ahead of the cut, while two-time champion Phil Mickelson shot three-under for the second consecutive round to stay in the frame. 

The top of the leaderboard, however, has a youthful look with the 35-year-old Wilson clearly the oldest of the top five that includes Villegas (28), Fowler (21), Kim (24) and Moore (27).

Wilson will tee-off alongside Villegas and Kim in tomorrow’s late group and admits he will be feeling his age. Discount golf clubs store offer discount Tees for you.

Villegas admitted he had been disappointed to drop a shot on the last, when after chipping out of the bunker following his wayward drive he missed a 14-foot putt for par. 

It meant the Colombian’s advantage following yesterday’s stunning round was lost, although he remained positive.


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