The CJ Cup @ Summit R2

Keith Mitchell takes four-shot lead in Las Vegas

CJ Cup 2021 R2
October 14-17
The Summit Club, Las Vegas, Nevada
$9,750,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4

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American Keith Mitchell followed up his career low 62 with a 64 on Friday to reach 18-under taking his lead of the CJ Cup @ Summit to five shots. His total of 126 is five shot better than his previous best 36-hole score on the PGA Tour.


CJ Cup 2021 R2

“I’m definitely excited and pleased. I spent a lot of time in the last few days leading up to this tournament working hard on my game and it’s showing. I’m very thankful for that. Just shows you that hard work pays off as long as you’re doing the right things. My putter’s definitely been nice and my speed has been a lot better this week. If those two things stay through this weekend, hopefully I can keep hitting in some quality shots and capitalizing.”


CJ Cup 2021 R2

“Happiest with my putting and my approach to putting. Disappointed in the only bad shots I feel like I’ve hit this week are shots where I wasn’t certain where to hit them on the green. It’s a new golf course, none of us have ever played it, so if you have a tucked pin, well, if you miss it over here, is it okay or is it not okay.

“It was kind of the case on 10 today where I wasn’t really sure, I was kind of between clubs and just never committed to hitting a proper shot and flared it out to the right, and unfortunately that led over to the bad swing on 11. But you’re going to make bad swings and you just don’t want to make bad swings that are your own fault. Unfortunately, those two are my own fault. But if I’m sitting here saying I’m 18 under with only two bad swings, I’m going to take it every time.”


CJ Cup 2021 R2

Behind him at 13-under are South Korean Seonghyeon Kim (63), Americans Jordan Spieth (65) and Harry Higgs (67) and Australia’s Adam Scott who followed three birdies on the front nine with back-to-back birdies, four birdies and two eagles at the par-5s 14th and 18th for a 63.

“I’ve been playing well and, you know, you can’t expect a finish like that, but I’m going to take it. I hit a lot of shots close and that made light work with the putter,” said Scott. “You know, kind of put myself in contention. I mean, I’m a long way back still, but 36 holes to go, I like where I’m at, moving in the right direction. I’d love to have a nice solid day tomorrow.

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“I felt like after the couple bogeys, I needed to just play aggressive and I went driver off the tee at 14, which is maybe unusual to say for a par-5, but a lot of guys are not hitting driver. I just thought, well, if I want to have a chance at this tournament, I’ve got to probably hit one up there. Hit an iron on the green close and make an eagle and that’s what I did. I hit a 6-iron in and it rolled down to a couple of feet.

“Then on 18 I hit a poor drive actually, hung it out to the right in a bunker, but I had a good yardage and I had a good lie and I hit a 5-iron, got it online and finished about five feet from the hole, so I can handle those eagle putts.

“Hopefully that wasn’t all the wind in my sail. There’s a chance you can take advantage of the front nine, so teeing off tomorrow, it will be fun to make some birdies early and kind of put myself in the mix and kind of close the gap a little.”


CJ Cup 2021 R2

Scores continue to be low on average, only Kevin Streelman is over par for the event, but overnight leader Robert Streb signed for a 72 on Friday, eleven shots more than in his opening round

Mexico’s Abraham Ancer made an albatross at the par-5 14th, holing out from the fairway, and signed for a bogey-free 65 for a share of nineteeth place alongside eight other players including an equally bogey-free Rory McIlroy (67).

“So we were actually in between clubs to see if we wanted to fly it on the green or just kind of hit a lower one and just roll it up and use the slope. Thankfully we went with the shorter club and just tried to roll it up there and just use the slope.

“You can’t really see anything, so I hit it kind of where I was looking and I felt like it was a good strike. I was like, hopefully it’s going to be somewhere around the green. It’s nice to see that it did exactly what we hoped to. We couldn’t see, there was only a couple people behind the green. They yelled, but it could have been just close to it, so I didn’t know if it went in or not until they called it in on the radio and they confirmed it.

“Yeah, that’s my first double eagle on Tour. Pretty cool.”


CJ Cup 2021 R2

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Keith Mitchell
-18
62
64
126
T2
Seonghyeon Kim
-13
68
63
131
T2
Jordan Spieth
-13
66
65
131
T2
Harry Higgs
-13
64
67
131
T2
Adam Scott
-13
68
63
131
T6
Rickie Fowler
-12
66
66
132
T6
Tyrrell Hatton
-12
67
65
132
T8
Ian Poulter
-11
66
67
133
T8
Erik van Rooyen
-11
67
66
133
T8
Viktor Hovland
-11
65
68
133
T8
Aaron Wise
-11
66
67
133
T8
Mackenzie Hughes
-11
71
62
133
T8
Cameron Smith
-11
66
67
133
T8
Paul Casey
-11
68
65
133
T8
Robert Streb
-11
61
72
133
T16
Kevin Na
-10
68
66
134
T16
Maverick McNealy
-10
69
65
134
T16
Hudson Swafford
-10
65
69
134
T19
Sergio Garcia
-9
65
70
135
T19
Sam Burns
-9
67
68
135
T19
Talor Gooch
-9
67
68
135
T19
Chris Kirk
-9
68
67
135
T19
Minkyu Kim
-9
69
66
135
T19
Jhonattan Vegas
-9
66
69
135
T19
Abraham Ancer
-9
70
65
135
T19
Sung Kang
-9
71
64
135
T19
Rory McIlroy
-9
68
67
135
T28
Keegan Bradley
-8
70
66
136
T28
Brian Harman
-8
67
69
136
T28
Joaquin Niemann
-8
67
69
136
T28
Carlos Ortiz
-8
71
65
136
T28
Sebastián Muñoz
-8
69
67
136
T28
Hideki Matsuyama
-8
66
70
136
T28
Justin Thomas
-8
69
67
136
T35
Cam Davis
-7
68
69
137
T35
Gary Woodland
-7
68
69
137
T35
Patrick Reed
-7
71
66
137
T35
Brooks Koepka
-7
67
70
137
T35
Russell Henley
-7
68
69
137
T35
Harold Varner III
-7
67
70
137
T35
Stewart Cink
-7
69
68
137
T35
Max Homa
-7
67
70
137
T35
Sungjae Im
-7
68
69
137
T35
Collin Morikawa
-7
67
70
137
T35
Scottie Scheffler
-7
66
71
137
T46
Kevin Kisner
-6
70
68
138
T46
Xander Schauffele
-6
69
69
138
T46
Webb Simpson
-6
69
69
138
T49
Tom Hoge
-5
71
68
139
T49
Lucas Glover
-5
69
70
139
T49
Matt Jones
-5
70
69
139
T49
Marc Leishman
-5
70
69
139
T49
Tony Finau
-5
68
71
139
T49
K.H. Lee
-5
67
72
139
T55
Byeong Hun An
-4
70
70
140
T55
Si Woo Kim
-4
71
69
140
T55
Dustin Johnson
-4
74
66
140
T55
Rasmus Hojgaard
-4
69
71
140
T55
Jaekyeong Lee
-4
69
71
140
T55
Justin Rose
-4
75
65
140
T55
Tommy Fleetwood
-4
68
72
140
T55
Emiliano Grillo
-4
72
68
140
T63
Cameron Tringale
-3
71
70
141
T63
Sanghun Shin
-3
71
70
141
T63
Louis Oosthuizen
-3
70
71
141
T63
Alex Noren
-3
72
69
141
T63
Joohyung Kim
-3
68
73
141
T63
Harris English
-3
73
68
141
T69
Charley Hoffman
-2
72
70
142
T69
Patton Kizzire
-2
71
71
142
T71
Jason Day
-1
73
70
143
T71
Shane Lowry
-1
73
70
143
T71
Jason Kokrak
-1
77
66
143
T71
Hanbyeol Kim
-1
74
69
143
T75
Branden Grace
E
72
72
144
T75
Yoseop Seo
E
74
70
144
T75
Charl Schwartzel
E
72
72
144
78
Kevin Streelman
+1
75
70
145
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