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Rookie Hovland in 4-way tie for lead in Puerto Rico

Field Level Media
22 Feb 2020, 10:55 GMT+10

PGA Tour rookie Viktor Hovland of Norway recorded a 6-under-par 66 on Friday to pull into a four-way tie for first place after two rounds at the Puerto Rico Open in Rio Grande.

Hovland, who shot a 68 on Thursday, benefited from an eagle on No. 2 and birdies on Nos. 4, 8 and 9 to shoot 5 under on the front nine at Coco Beach Golf Country Club. The 22-year-old added a fourth birdie on No. 11 and answered his lone bogey of the day on No. 15 with another birdie on the par-4 17th.

Hovland, who is enjoying his first lead after any round on the PGA Tour, joined Argentina's Emiliano Grillo (68), Josh Teater (68) and Kyle Stanley (70) atop the leaderboard with a 36-hole total of 10-under 134.

Stanley, who was the first-round leader, is seeking his third PGA Tour win. He captured the 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open and the 2017 Quicken Loans National.

The four player have a one-stroke lead over Sam Ryder, who shot a 65 on Friday.

Sweden's David Lingmerth (65), Ben Martin (66), Australian Rhein Gibson (70) and Scotland's Martin Laird (69) are tied for sixth at 8 under.

Adam Schenk enjoyed a front-nine 29 to tie his career-best nine-hole score. He finished with a 65 on Friday and is in a nine-way tie for 10th place at 7 under.

Defending champion Martin Trainer (73) missed the cut after finishing at 3-over 147 for the tournament.

The alternate-field tournament is running concurrently with the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship.

--Field Level Media

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