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PGA Tour professional “able to giggle” at others preventing Memorial carnage

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Christiaan Bezuidenhout had a terrific second spherical at the Memorial Match, a day when the wind gusted as much as 25 miles per hour. The breezy circumstances created havoc for a lot of gamers, resulting in a second-round scoring common of 73.4.

However not Bezuidenhout, who signed for a 5-under 67 through the morning wave to vault into competition alongside Adam Hadwin and Scottie Scheffler.

“I’m going to positively sit on my sofa at residence now and watch the protection and giggle a little bit. Bezuidenhout joked.

“However there’s two extra rounds to go, and hopefully, I can simply hold my place and do my finest over the weekend.”

The South African vaulted up the leaderboard greater than 20 locations on Friday, going from even par to 5-under for the championship. He’ll doubtless play his third spherical in one of many ultimate pairings.

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Christiaan Bezuidenhout chats along with his caddie on the first gap through the second spherical of the 2024 Memorial Match.
Photograph by Andy Lyons/Getty Photographs

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“[My round] clearly began off properly with a 40-footer on the primary gap. I knew it was going to be robust immediately, so I simply mentioned to myself, simply attempt to hold it easy, simply attempt to hit the greens, give your self putts,” the South African added.

“The greens at Muirfield Village are so pure. In case you learn it properly and begin it properly, you can also make lots of putts, and that’s what I did immediately.”

Bezuidenhout gained nearly 5 strokes on the greens on Friday, which leads the sector. However he additionally obtained fortunate on the sixth gap, the place he chipped in for par after making a large number of issues on this 440-yard par-4.

“No. 6 was a bonus,” Bezuidenhout added.

“Usually, if you happen to shoot a particular spherical like that, issues must go your approach within the spherical, and it did, however, yeah, I’m proud of the spherical immediately.”

He has each cause to really feel glad after his marvelous 67, which doubtless felt extra like a 64 or 63. Nonetheless, no one else has carded decrease than a 3-under 69 halfway by the second spherical, a testomony to the difficult circumstances.

“The wind goes to choose up a little bit bit extra [this afternoon], and it actually blew fairly a bit [ this morning],” Bezuidenhout defined.

“I simply suppose if you happen to can make the most of the downwind holes the place you may push the ball up there, softer greens as properly, then you can also make a rating. Then simply hold grinding for these holes which can be into the wind.”

Jack Milko is a golf workers author for SB Nation’s Taking part in By. Make sure to take a look at @_PlayingThrough for extra golf protection. You’ll be able to observe him on Twitter @jack_milko as properly.

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