SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda — Alex Noren began with three birdies, after which he puzzled if he would make one other. He picked up two extra late within the second spherical Friday and posted a 5-under 66 for a two-shot lead going into the weekend on the Butterfield Bermuda Championship.
Noren lastly acquired a putt to fall on the par-4 fifteenth, added a birdie on the par-5 seventeenth and wound up setting the match document at 15-under 127.
Noren felt he performed about the identical as he did on Thursday when he opened with a 61, with one large exception.
“The wedges got here up 15 toes as an alternative of 5, and had a bunch of tap-ins yesterday,” he stated. “The greens … it is various slope and various grain. The primary three birdies I simply type of rolled in, after which it was a little bit trickier.”
Moore performed bogey-free, in the future after he felt he might barely preserve the ball on the golf course and was saved by his placing. That gave him a jolt of confidence that he did not should hit it nice to attain effectively, and it carried over to the second spherical.
The timing is important. Moore, a former Ryder Cup participant, is at No. 140 within the FedEx Cup. The PGA Tour season ends subsequent week and the highest 125 preserve full PGA Tour playing cards. For gamers like Moore, it is time to ship.
“It is time to do it or you do not, proper?” Moore stated. “Thankfully for me this week, I have been doing it higher and really feel a little bit bit higher. Constructed some confidence on my final couple weeks, simply totally different elements of my sport beginning to work higher and that is what you wish to see. Hopefully, it stays that approach.”
Brehm began 64-65, and he can solely hope it is a repeat from one other island. The Michigan native had by no means had a prime 10 on the PGA Tour till he gained the Puerto Rico Open in 2022. He hasn’t had a prime 10 since then.
He already is exempt for subsequent 12 months, although one other out-of-nowhere victory would get him again to Kapalua to begin the 12 months and to the Masters for the primary time.
Camilo Villegas, a runner-up final week in Mexico, had a 63 and was within the group three pictures behind. The Colombian moved from No. 223 final week to No. 147. The highest 150 have conditional standing subsequent 12 months, however Villegas now has motive to make all of it the best way to a full card.
“Two good rounds to get began, identical as final week,” Villegas stated. “Two good rounds to get began and we’re solely midway there, however we’ll preserve taking part in.”
Former British Open champion Stewart Cink, who turned 50 this 12 months and has dabbled on the PGA Tour Champions, had a 67 and was amongst these at 11-under 131.
Noren did not get annoyed when he adopted three straight birdies with 11 straight pars.
“It helps once you had a very good spherical the day prior to this,” Noren stated. “You are not essentially struggling, not annoyed, it is simply that, ‘What am I doing totally different? Am I making an attempt too onerous or begin asking caddie for the reads?’ He helps me on and off with the reads, nevertheless it’s in all probability higher that I simply really feel the putts and belief my intuition. That is what I did yesterday. You have to simply stick with it.”