Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship - R2

Sung-jae Im takes lead heading into the weekend

March 28-31
Corales Golf Club, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
$3,000,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


South Korean Im Sung-jae shook off an early double bogey to card a five-under par 67 and grab a one-shot lead on Friday at the US PGA Tour’s Corales Puntacana Resort Championship.

Im had a 10-under par total of 137 after two rounds in the Dominican Republic and a one-stroke lead over Australian Aaron Baddeley , Ireland’s Paul Dunne and Americans George McNeill and Jonathan Byrd .

On the eve of his 21st birthday, PGA Tour rookie Im positioned himself for a weekend run at a first tour title.

Ranked 59th in the world, Im is hoping for a performance that will boost him into the top 50 and into the Masters at Augusta National in two weeks.

He teed off on 10 and needed five to get down at the par-three 11th, where he found a greenside bunker.

“After that bad start, my goal was to remain calm throughout the rest of my round,” Im said. “I’m hitting the ball really well, so I think that led to a lot of my birdies.”

Im gathered steam with four birdies before the turn and added four more with one more bogey coming in.

Im has some experienced challengers hot on his heels.

Baddeley, seeking a fifth PGA Tour title, strung together five of his seven birdies in a row from the third through the seventh holes and had reached 10-under for the tournament before a bogey at 15.

He finished with a five-under 67 for a nine-under total of 135.

He was joined there by McNeill — who had seven birdies without a bogey in his 65 — plus Dunne, who also shook off a double-bogey on the way to a three-under 69, and Byrd, who had five birdies without a bogey in his 67.

Byrd goes into the weekend seeking a sixth US PGA Tour title, but his first since the 2011 Tournament of Champions.

Baddeley, who finished tied for second at the Puerto Rico Open in February, said he was enjoying his first appearance in this tournament, played opposite the elite WGC-Match Play Championship.

“Everything is calm, it’s relaxed, very laid back,” he said, likening it to Puerto Rico.

Thursday and Friday were no holiday, however, for former NFL Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who followed up his first-round 79 with an 80 to bring his challenge on a sponsor’s exemption to a close.


Pos.
Player
Nat
Score
R1
R2
Total
1
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-10
67
67
134
T2
Jonathan Byrd
USA
-9
68
67
135
T2
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
-9
68
67
135
T2
Paul Dunne
IRL
-9
66
69
135
T2
George McNeill
USA
-9
70
65
135
6
Jonas Blixt
SWE
-8
71
65
136
T7
Joel Dahmen
USA
-7
66
71
137
T7
Graeme McDowell
NIR
-7
73
64
137
T7
Kelly Kraft
USA
-7
70
67
137
T7
Matt Jones
AUS
-7
66
71
137
T11
Sang-Moon Bae
KOR
-6
70
68
138
T11
Grayson Murray
USA
-6
69
69
138
T11
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-6
71
67
138
T11
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
-6
70
68
138
T11
Stephan Jaeger
GER
-6
69
69
138
T11
Benjamin Silverman
CAN
-6
70
68
138
T11
Jim Knous
USA
-6
70
68
138
T11
Chris Stroud
USA
-6
70
68
138
T11
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
-6
69
69
138
T11
Tyrone van Aswegen
RSA
-6
70
68
138
T11
Denny McCarthy
USA
-6
69
69
138
T11
Sepp Straka
AUT
-6
68
70
138
T11
Thomas Detry
BEL
-6
72
66
138
T11
Brady Schnell
USA
-6
68
70
138
T25
Ben Crane
USA
-5
70
69
139
T25
Parker McLachlin
USA
-5
69
70
139
T25
Derek Fathauer
USA
-5
73
66
139
T25
Jim Herman
USA
-5
69
70
139
T25
Mackenzie Hughes
CAN
-5
69
70
139
T25
Charlie Beljan
USA
-5
70
69
139
T25
Fredrik Jacobson
SWE
-5
72
67
139
T25
Chip McDaniel
USA
-5
72
67
139
T25
Kramer Hickok
USA
-5
71
68
139
T25
Seung-Su Han
KOR
-5
71
68
139
T25
Adam Schenk
USA
-5
71
68
139
T25
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
-5
71
68
139
T37
Seamus Power
IRL
-4
72
68
140
T37
Brice Garnett
USA
-4
71
69
140
T37
John Merrick
USA
-4
72
68
140
T37
Max Homa
USA
-4
70
70
140
T37
Seth Reeves
USA
-4
69
71
140
T42
John Senden
AUS
-3
73
68
141
T42
Cameron Tringale
USA
-3
72
69
141
T42
Peter Uihlein
USA
-3
73
68
141
T42
Julian Etulain
ARG
-3
72
69
141
T42
D. J. Trahan
USA
-3
69
72
141
T42
Shawn Stefani
USA
-3
74
67
141
T42
Brendon Todd
USA
-3
70
71
141
T42
Daniel Chopra
SWE
-3
73
68
141
T42
Jason Bohn
USA
-3
76
65
141
T42
Dominic Bozzelli
USA
-3
74
67
141
T42
Harris English
USA
-3
71
70
141
T42
Trey Mullinax
USA
-3
71
70
141
T54
Chad Campbell
USA
-2
73
69
142
T54
David Hearn
CAN
-2
72
70
142
T54
Omar Uresti
USA
-2
73
69
142
T54
Brandon Harkins
USA
-2
73
69
142
T54
Hunter Mahan
USA
-2
74
68
142
T54
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
-2
71
71
142
T54
Alex Prugh
USA
-2
69
73
142
T54
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
-2
69
73
142
T54
John Chin
USA
-2
71
71
142
T54
Sam Burns
USA
-2
68
74
142
T54
Hank Lebioda
USA
-2
71
71
142
T54
Julio Santos
DOM
-2
72
70
142
T54
Curtis Luck
AUS
-2
71
71
142
T54
David Lipsky
USA
-2
71
71
142
T54
Joey Garber
USA
-2
71
71
142
T54
Ryan Vermeer
USA
-2
72
70
142
T54
Chris Couch
USA
-2
70
72
142
T54
Tyler Duncan
USA
-2
71
71
142
T54
Roberto Diaz
MEX
-2
68
74
142
T54
Wes Roach
USA
-2
71
71
142
T54
Martin Piller
USA
-2
70
72
142
CUT
Brian Davis
ENG
-1
70
73
143
CUT
Brian Stuard
USA
-1
71
72
143
CUT
David Lingmerth
SWE
-1
69
74
143
CUT
J. J. Henry
USA
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Johnson Wagner
USA
-1
70
73
143
CUT
Nick Hardy
USA
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Rafael Campos
PRI
-1
70
73
143
CUT
Ricky Barnes
USA
-1
77
66
143
CUT
Robert Streb
USA
-1
75
68
143
CUT
Roger Sloan
CAN
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Chase Wright
USA
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Corey Conners
CAN
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Davis Love III
USA
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Josh Teater
USA
Par
74
70
144
CUT
Nate Lashley
USA
Par
70
74
144
CUT
Tom Hoge
USA
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Trevor Immelman
RSA
Par
73
71
144
CUT
Adam Svensson
CAN
1
73
72
145
CUT
Arjun Atwal
IND
1
74
71
145
CUT
Cameron Davis
AUS
1
74
71
145
CUT
Davis Love IV
USA
1
72
73
145
CUT
Hudson Swafford
USA
1
74
71
145
CUT
Juan Delgado
DOM
1
73
72
145
CUT
Matthew Every
USA
1
70
75
145
CUT
Nicholas Lindheim
USA
1
74
71
145
CUT
Sebastian Munoz
COL
1
73
72
145
CUT
Tommy Gainey
USA
1
73
72
145
CUT
Hiram Silfa
DOM
2
76
70
146
CUT
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
2
71
75
146
CUT
John Rollins
USA
2
76
70
146
CUT
Justin Bertsch
USA
2
75
71
146
CUT
Kyle Jones
USA
2
70
76
146
CUT
Tim Herron
USA
2
73
73
146
CUT
Anders Albertson
USA
3
76
71
147
CUT
Jose de Jesus Rodriguez
MEX
3
72
75
147
CUT
Robert Allenby
AUS
3
75
72
147
CUT
Billy Hurley III
USA
4
74
74
148
CUT
Chris Thompson
USA
4
73
75
148
CUT
Dicky Pride
USA
4
75
73
148
CUT
Mike Ballo Jr.
USA
4
73
75
148
CUT
D. A. Points
USA
5
74
75
149
CUT
Jacob Eggers
USA
5
76
73
149
CUT
Rhadames Pena
DOM
5
76
73
149
CUT
Fabian Gomez
ARG
6
78
72
150
CUT
Heath Slocum
USA
6
75
75
150
CUT
Alex Cejka
GER
7
74
77
151
CUT
Andres Romero
ARG
7
75
76
151
CUT
Theo Humphrey
USA
7
75
76
151
CUT
Tom Lovelady
USA
7
81
70
151
CUT
Cameron Beckman
USA
8
77
75
152
CUT
Zachary Zaback
USA
8
79
73
152
CUT
Jonathan Kaye
USA
9
76
77
153
CUT
Tony Romo
USA
15
79
80
159
CUT
George Riley
USA
18
85
77
162
RET
Brendon de Jonge
ZIM
Par
78
78
RET
David Duval
USA
Par
77
77
RET
Eric Axley
USA
Par
75
75
RET
Troy Matteson
USA
Par
84
84
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