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Justin Bates hits a drive on the second hole during the first round. (Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)
American trio share opening round lead at Doral
At the end of the second round, which got underway at 8:20 a.m. this morning, there will be a cut for the top 120 and ties. There will be another cut for the top 70 and ties following the third round.
Miami, Florida (August 1, 2012) – Tyler Kitson, Byron Smith and Justin Bates of the United States share the lead at the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica’s Final Qualifying Tournament. The opening round, which was suspended due to darkness on Tuesday, was completed around 10:20 a.m. this morning with the co-leading trio tied at 4-under par 68 at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa’s Great White Course.
Philippe Gasnier of Brazil, the man who shot 6-under par 31 on the back nine yesterday afternoon, was unable to keep his strong pace and the outright lead this morning. To the bogey he carded at the 2nd to close the day on Tuesday, he added another bogey at the 4th, a double-bogey at the 6th and a birdie at the 8th. He now joins a group of ten players who trail the co-leaders by one in a tie for fourth at 69.
As anticipated, with a scheduled delay of fifty minutes, the second round got underway at 8:20 a.m. this morning with the same pairings starting from both the first and tenth tees.
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