Previous champ Robert Streb fires 63 to seize two-stroke lead at RSM Traditional
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Robert Streb birdied his final two holes on the Plantation Course at Sea Island and matched his profession low with a 9-under 63, giving him a two-shot lead over Camilo Villegas on Friday within the RSM Traditional.
Villegas had an excellent higher end to remain in vary going into the weekend.
His tee shot on the par-5 18th on the Plantation Course hit a cart path on the best aspect of the golf green and bounced sufficient that he solely had a 9-iron left over the water to a entrance pin. He was urging it to clear the water, and it landed simply on the inexperienced and left him about 12 ft away for a closing eagle and a 66.
The ultimate two rounds transfer to the Seaside Course, which Joel Dahmen lit up Friday for a 9-under 61 that took him exterior the reduce line to only exterior the highest 10.
The final 4 winners on the RSM Traditional every had the 36-hole lead.
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“I don’t need to be the one which breaks it,” Streb mentioned. “There’s nonetheless quite a lot of golf left, and we’ll see what occurs.”
Streb was at 14-under 128 on the solely event he has gained on the PGA Tour. It was the fourth time he shot 63, probably the most memorable within the second spherical at Baltusrol within the 2016 PGA Championship.
Villegas has the identical perspective – go play, rely up the scores, see the place he stands – although he isn’t oblivious to the eye on his for all he has been via this 12 months.
How Villegas’ confidence stems from preparation
The 38-year-old Colombian missed all of 2019 recovering from a shoulder harm, after which his world was torn aside when his 22-month-old daughter, Mia, developed tumors on her mind and backbone. She died in late July. Villegas has his brother as a caddie – Manny, who additionally performed professionally – and that helps hold his thoughts on the golf.
“I’m going to be very sincere with you, there’s a lot occurring on the golf course, you’re so centered, and that’s what I’ve been doing all our life. Having my brother on the bag has helped, too. He retains me in examine and we attempt to play golf after we’re on the market.”
On Thursday, he noticed a rainbow on the vary and it made him consider his daughter.
“When you get on that first tee, you attempt to deal with golf,” he mentioned. “I feel I’ve carried out a very good job of it.”
Villegas is a four-time winner – his final victory was six years in the past – and is aware of to not get too caught up on the midway level. Even so, he’s constructing confidence primarily from his shoulder feeling good and realizing he has put within the work.
“It’s not a two-day factor, it’s a course of,” Villegas mentioned.
Bronson Burgoon additionally had a 63 at Plantation and was three pictures behind with Sea Island resident Patton Kizzire, who had a 66 at Plantation. Harris English, one other Sea Island resident, shot 66 at Plantation and was 4 pictures behind with Kyle Stanley (65 on Plantation).
Of the highest 10 on the leaderboard, previous Sea Island winner Kevin Kisner was the one one who performed the par-70 Seaside Course, the place he made a 35-foot birdie putt on the 18th gap for a 66.
Sixty-five gamers made the reduce at 3-under 139. Amongst these lacking the reduce was Justin Rose, who birdied three straight holes earlier than ending with a bogey from the bunker on the 18th gap at Seaside to overlook by one. Sungjae Im, a runner-up final week on the Masters, shot 69 at Seaside and missed the reduce by two pictures.