Matthew Wolff Takes Two-Shot Lead into Weekend at Mayakoba

Matthew Wolff Leads World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba
Matthew Wolff talks with caddie Nick Heinen on the 17th green during the second round of the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba on El Camaleon golf course on Nov 5, 2021 in Playa del Carmen, . (Photo by Mike Ehrmann via Getty Images)

Matthew Wolff chased an opening-round 61 with a second-day 68 and will take a two-shot lead into the weekend at the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba.

The 22-year-old Californian finished his second day at the El Camaleon course with six birdies against three bogeys, including two late dropped shots on Nos. 16 and 18, en route to a two-day score of 13-under 129.

Afterwards, Wolff was pleased with his round despite the tough finish.

“Yeah, just a lot of good, like you said,” said Wolff. “I had a couple bad breaks coming in.

“No. 16 just doesn’t really set up well for me, not going to take driver there, and 3-wood kind of works away from the fairway.

“You know, like I said, it was a hard finish, but I was really happy with how I played today. Felt like it was pretty difficult this afternoon, honestly. Wind started to swirl a little bit and pick up.”

Two off the pace was Scottie Scheffler, who carded a second-round 64 to sit solo second on 11 under.

“I just kept the ball in play. I gave myself a lot of looks today,” said Scheffler, who hit 16 of 18 greens on Friday.

“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.”

Defending champion Viktor Hovland (65) and Mexico’s own Carlos Ortiz (65) shared the third spot on 10-under par.

Justin Thomas (65), Billy Horschel (69), and Sergio Garcia (69) were among a logjam of 10 players tied for fifth on 9-under par.

2021 World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba

Leaderboard: Top 10

Pos-Player-To Par-(Score)
1. Matthew Wolff -13 (-3)
2. Scottie Scheffler -11 (-7)
3. Viktor Hovland -10 (-6)
3. Carlos Ortiz -10 (-6)
5. Ryan Palmer -9 (-7)
5. Justin Thomas -9 (-6)
5. Michael Thompson -9 (-6)
5. Anirban Lahiri -9 (-5)
5. Bill Haas -9 (-3)
5. J.J. Spaun -9 (-3)
5. Sergio Garcia -9 (-2)
5. Billy Horschel -9 (-2)
5. Talor Gooch -9 (-2)
5. Aaron Wise -9 (-1)

Notables

22. Joaquin Niemann -7 (-5)
28. Tyrrell Hatton -6 (-5)
28. Abraham Ancer -6 (-3)
28. Tony Finau -6 (-2)
41. Matt Fitzpatrick -5 (-2)
41. Justin Rose -5 (-1)
58. Patrick Reed -4 (-6)
58. Rickie Fowler -4 (+1)

Notables Missing Cut

MC. Ian Poulter -5 (66)
MC. Gary Woodland -4 (67)
MC. Shane Lowry -2 (-2)
MC. Will Zalatoris -2 (-2)
MC. Brooks Koepka E (E)

Tee Times, Pairings

11:36 am – Thomas (-9), Spaun (-9), Henley (-8)
11:47 am – Horschel (-9), Wise (-9), Palmer (-9)
11:58 am – Thompson (-9), Garcia (-9), Gooch (-9)
12:09 pm – Hovland (-10), Lahiri (-9), Haas (-9)
12:20 pm – Wolff (-13), Scheffler (-11), Ortiz (-10)

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