Higgo gets good 2nd round in Northern Trust

Aug 21, 2021 | Featured, South Africans abroad

Garrick Higgo carded a three-under-par 68 on Friday in the second round of the PGA Tour’s Northern Trust at Liberty National in Jersey City, New Jersey, to move to five-under for the tournament and a share of 25th.

Higgo made six birdies, but also dropped shots three times with three bogeys as he added to his opening two-under-par. He was seven shots off the lead held by Jon Rahm of Spain, who carded a four-under 67 to move to 11-under for the tournament. Rahm had a one-stroke lead over Tony Finau of the United States, with Justin Thomas, Keith Mitchell and Xander Schauffele of the United States in a share of third on 10-under.

Also producing a solid second round was Erik van Rooyen, who had a four-under 67 to go with his opening 69 to move to six-under for the tournament and a share of 17th, five off the pace. He made an eagle two on the par-four fifth, four birdies and two bogeys.

Dylan Frittelli was the only other South African to make the cut. He carded a second-round of even-par 71 to be at one-under for the tournament, tight on the cut line in a share of 63rd.

Charl Schwartzel was one-over for the tournament after a second-round 71, and Branden Grace on two-over after a two-over 73. They will both be able to play in next week’s BMW Championship, as they will stay inside the top 75 – but they will have work to do there to get into the Tour Championship the following week where the top 30 qualify. Schwartzel is projected to 63rd at the start of next week, and Grace 49th.

Frittelli has a mountain to climb in the next two rounds, as he is projected to finish 121st, outside the qualifying mark for next week. Higgo also has a bit of work to do, as he is currently projected to finish 88th. He will have to shoot for a top-10 finish in this tournament. Van Rooyen is projected to 65th.

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