Emiliano Grillo’s Birdy Blitz took a four-stroke lead over Argentina’s weekend at the Mayakoba Classic in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
The 29-year-old hit nine birdies and one bogey on 63 on a rough day at El Camillian Golf Club. He is a 13-under par for the tournament, where he is looking to secure his second win in the PGA Tour.
“Everything worked today,” Grillo said.
“I played from the fairway, hit it close and when it wasn’t very close, I made putts. It was one of those days,” he said.
“I did my job the first two days. I have to keep it for a couple more days and I’m sure I’ll finish it.”
The Americans who pulled back four shots were Tony Finau (66) and Tom Hoge (67) and the night captain, Russell Knox (69) of Scotland.
Finau, who missed two tournaments in October because of the disgusting case of COVID-19, said he was eager to get his second PGA Tour victory, but that this year he was taught there were limits to what he could control.
“I think we all learned a lot of patience this year, including myself with COVID and everything,” he said.
“I learned that this game owes you nothing. You have to earn everything you have, earn all your wins. It’s been a long time. I feel like I’m in second place. It will happen in a couple of days.”
Friday’s round was called into the dark, and a handful of players will have to finish their second round Saturday morning.
Four-time major winner Brooks Koepka, 2019 US Open champion Gary Woodland and five-time PGA Tour event winner Ricky Fowler are in danger of missing the cut.

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