A rookie raced to the top of the leaderboard, and everything else you missed from Round 2 of the Honda Classic

March 1, 2019

The second round of the 2019 Honda Classic is in the books, and though the leading score remains the same, the players at the top of the leaderboard have changed.

Here’s everything you missed from Friday’s action at the PGA National Resort & Spa’s Champion course.

Tour rookie Sungjae Im is a co-leader at the halfway point of the 2019 Honda Classic.
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A rookie raced to a share of the lead

Twenty-year-old PGA Tour rookie Sungjae Im made seven birdies and a bogey en route to a second round of 64 on Friday. Coupled with his opening round of even par (that’s six under for 36 holes), Im climbed 47 spots up the leaderboard and into a share of the lead with Keith Mitchell, who’s playing his second full year on Tour.

Mitchell and Im are both seeking their maiden Tour victory this week.

Jhonny Vegas had a tough day

After a perfect round of golf on Thurday (six birdies, no bogeys), first-round leader Jhonattan Vegas struggled on Friday, suffering two double bogeys and two additional bogeys, with only three birdies to mitigate the damage.

Here’s a look at his tough experience on the par-4 9th hole.

Despite the trouble, Vegas is only three shots back.

Big names are within striking distance

Former major champ Lucas Glover (2009 U.S. Open) shot one-under-par 69 on Friday, and is only one shot behind the leaders.

Three-time major champion Brooks Koepka is two shots back at four under overall, and former Masters champions Sergio Garcia (2017) and Charl Schwartzel (2011) are three shots back.

All told, there are 21 players within three shots of the lead at the tournament’s halfway point.