Matt Wallace takes halfway lead in Dominican Republic

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Corales Puntacana Championship R2
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March 25, 2023
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Matt Wallace signed for a bogey-free 66 to move to the top of the leaderboard at 11-under on Friday in his Corales Puntacana Championship debut.

"Nice day. I hit it probably a little bit better than yesterday, so didn't think that was possible but it's nice to have that in the bank now and confidence has grown.

"I want to just keep playing the way I'm playing, doesn't matter where I am on the leaderboard. I was saying to Sam out there, like if we're at the top of the leaderboard and I want to keep pushing and playing really good golf and see where that puts me because then I know what my levels are. So I felt like I had a few shorter clubs in today into wind, didn't really give myself birdie chances so I want to try and elevate that come the weekend and keep doing what I'm doing off the tee, which is really nice, and then holed a couple putts coming in at the end there so I stayed patient. So yeah, very happy."

The Englishman holds the second-round lead/co-lead for the second time on Tour (2021 Wells Fargo Championship/T6). In eleven starts this season his best finish was T7 at last week’s Valspar Championship.

PGA TOUR rookie Sam Stevens closed with a 65 for a share of second place at 10-under alongside fellow American Wyndham Clark who closed with a bogey-free 65. Clark eagled the par-5 4th in rounds one and two.

"I played really good on the front, I was 1 under, felt like I should have been a lot more through the first kind of six, seven holes," said Clark. "Then really made a big putt on 18 for birdie, which kind of made it feel like I didn't waste that side.

"Then on the front side I really played nice, I had a birdie look pretty much every hole. Yeah, eagling 4 obviously really got the round going. Yeah, but it was all in all really solid, I hit it good, made some putts on the back, everything was clicking."

Special Temporary Member Akshay Bhatia (US) tied the 18-hole tournament scoring record with a second-round 9-under 63 and recorded a career-high number of birdies in a round with nine (previous: 8/2023 Puerto Rico Open/R4) as well as an eagle at the par-5 7th.

"You just never know with this game. Yesterday I didn't make any putts, I had 34 putts, I hit it really solid. I wasn't expecting to play this event, so I got in pretty late Tuesday, only played like six, seven holes and it was just fun to put myself in contention. But today I made a lot more putts and I hit it just as good as I did yesterday. Hopefully keep it up and it will be exciting the next couple days."

Bhatia shares third place at 8-under with compatriots Tyler Duncan (65) and former champion Brice Garnett (70) as well as Denmark's Nicolai Hojgaard (65).

Defending champion Chad Ramey withdrew prior to the start of his second round due to a back injury.

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T19Martin Trainer-56970139
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T28Jonathan Byrd-47169140
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T44Scott Harrington-27072142
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T52S.Y. Noh-17173144
T52Sangmoon Bae-17469143
T52Tano Goya-17271143
T52Paul Haley II-17370143
T52Kramer Hickok-17370143
T52Russell Knox-17469143
T52Chris Nido-17271143
T52Taylor Pendrith-17766143
T52Kevin Roy-17370143
T52Chris Stroud-17172143
T52Camilo Villegas-17172143
T52Carson Young-17370143
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T65Harrison EndycottPar7569144
T65George McNeillPar7272144
T65Fabrizio ZanottiPar7569144
T65Joel DahmenPar7371144
T65Hank LebiodaPar7371144
T65Cameron PercyPar7470144
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CUTCougar Collins+17372145
CUTTrevor Cone+17372145
CUTJuan Jose Guerra+17372145
CUTFabián Gómez+17471145
CUTDavid Hearn+17372145
CUTJustin Lower+17471145
CUTGeoff Ogilvy+17570145
CUTPatrick Rodgers+17768145
CUTBrian Stuard+17273145
CUTJonas Blixt+27670146
CUTBrian Davis+27175146
CUTMatt Every+27571146
CUTChesson Hadley+27769146
CUTJ.J. Henry+27274146
CUTWilliam McGirt+27373146
CUTArjun Atwal+37770147
CUTJustin Hicks+37275147
CUTJustin Kim+37770147
CUTRichy Werenski+37572147
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CUTAdam Long+47474148
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CUTMatti Schmid+47672148
CUTSantiago Tarrio+47672148
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CUTDaniel Chopra+57871149
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CUTGrayson Murray+57574149
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CUTRichard Johnson+67773150
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CUTDominic Bozzelli+77873151
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CUTJeff Overton+77576151
CUTBo Van Pelt+77972151
CUTRobert Garrigus+87775152
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W/DChad RameyPar
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Corales Puntacana Championship 2023

Date: March 23rd - 26th 2023

Location: Puntacana Resort & Club (Corales Golf Course) Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Purse: $3,800,000

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