2021 Mayakoba leaderboard: Who’s contending after round 2
Matthew Wolff leads after two rounds at the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba, and about a month ago, in his last start, he finished second at the Shriners Children’s Open. But while he says he’s been “working on a few things,” he also admits a reason behind this surge isn’t all that sophisticated. “I feel really good with every part of my game, and I just tell myself, go out there, swing it hard and find the ball,” he said. Simple enough. Here are three things you need to know after Friday’s second round at El Camaleon Golf Club in Riviera Maya, Mexico.
Matthew Wolff leads
Wolff, for the most part, has been finding his ball in the fairway, then on the green, then in the hole. On Thursday, he fired a 10-under 61, a course record. On Friday, he was seven shots worse after a 68, but he maintained his two-stroke advantage. After 36 holes, Wolff is at 13-under, while Scottie Scheffler is at 11-under, and Carlos Ortiz and defending champion Viktor Hovland are at 10-under.
“When you shoot that low of a round, even three-under the next day, to me it just, you know, maybe not quite as good because of the round I had yesterday, but at the end of the day, three-under in the afternoon wave, I was really pleased with that,” Wolff said. “Felt like I maybe could have made a few more putts and stuff like that, but yeah, I mean, I feel like I’m hitting it really good. All parts of my game are clicking and just looking forward to a good weekend.”
Two Ryder Cuppers are in contention
Scheffler, in his first event since being a part of the winning U.S. Ryder Cup team, shot the day’s second-best round, a seven-under 64 that included five straight birdies on his back nine. Hovland, a member of the losing European Ryder Cup team, shot a six-under 65 that included a double bogey on the 1st hole, his 10th hole of the day after starting on the back nine, while Oritz, playing in his home country, also shot a 65.
“I just kept the ball in play,” Scheffler said. “I gave myself a lot of looks today. I don’t think I missed very many greens, so that’s really important around this place, just keep it in position. I did a good job of that today.”
At nine-under were 10 golfers, and seven golfers were at eight-under.