WESTON, Florida – Coming into the The Membership at Weston Hills Open ranked fourth on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica factors standings, Brandon Matthews went on the assault late this afternoon. The 26-year-old from Dupont, Pennsylvania, fired a course record-tying 9-under 63 to assert the outright lead and put strain on the trio of gamers forward of him on the race to maneuver as much as the Korn Ferry Tour.
“I felt coming into this, that so long as I drive it properly and putt it properly, I’m going to be in a great spot come Sunday,” mentioned the Temple College alum whose bogey-free 63 got here only one shot wanting matching his PGA TOUR Latinoamérica lowest spherical.
Matthews completed the day one shot forward of fellow American and pairing companion Jordan Hahn, a Korn Ferry Tour member making his PGA TOUR Latinoamérica debut, and Italy’s Domenico Geminiani, an Open qualifier who led the morning wave with a bogey-free efficiency.
Argentina’s Tommy Cocha stands in a tie for fourth together with Puerto Rico’s Edward Figueroa, each posting rounds of 65 within the afternoon. There are eight gamers tied for sixth at 66, together with Tour No. 2 M.J. Maguire.
Beginning off No. 10, Matthews shot 4-under 32 on his opening 9 after which went birdie-birdie off No. 1. Following 4 consecutive pars, he closed out his day with a string of three birdies, together with a powerful one on the 430-yard par-4 No. 9.
“I used to be type of indecisive about what I used to be doing off the tee. I ended up type of hitting a block on the market with my 4-wood. I had a little bit little bit of a gap, I needed to sneak one thing beneath a tree and hook it about 15-20 yards and I hit an superior golf shot,” he mentioned of the 188-yard 7-iron he hit inside 20 toes.
Do you know Brandon Matthews has recorded 4 top-3 finishes in solely 16 profession begins on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica? His stable Tour report contains two profession wins on the 2017 Molino Cañuelas Championship and the 2020 Puerto Plata Open. He was additionally the runner-up on the 2019 VISA Open de Argentina, the place he misplaced a playoff, and completed solo third on the 2017 Puerto Plata Open.
This can be a 72-hole occasion with a reduce for the top-55 and ties by means of 36 holes.
Along with his opening 63, Brandon Matthews managed to tie the Tour Course report set by Richard Terga throughout a U.S. Open qualifier performed right here in 2003. This was Matthews’ second 63 of the season, with the primary one coming throughout the third spherical of his victory on the Puerto Plata Open final December. His PGA TOUR Latinoamérica profession low is a 9-under 62 posted throughout the opening spherical of the 2017 Colombia Open.