Despite less-than-ideal prep, Justin Suh out front at Honda Classic

Justin Su failed to prepare perfectly for his Honda Classic debut.

However, the reigning Korn Ferry Tour Player of the Year finds himself at the top of the leaderboard after 36 holes.

Suh not only didn’t play the PGA National until this week, but he didn’t see a bear trap (aka holes 15-17) until the first round on Thursday. Seo was called off the golf course at the end of a tough pro-am on Wednesday. After playing his last five holes almost blind, Su hit two birdies, playing the final 2-under to open a 4-under 66.

“Of course I would like to see it,” Suh said. “We drove past it, but it was too dark to see anything. But on this golf course, you just have to pick the shots and just hit them, and I think my caddy – he’s already done it, he’s seen the course, so we just have to work together, pick a number and just trust it. a room with so much wind, I think it’s just the key to this golf course.

That mindset continued to pay off on Friday when Suh again scored just one scarecrow, moving to double figures, 10 under, from 64 in the second round.

He also managed to play the bear trap without any flaws for the second day in a row, making three pars, including a good ascent and descent after a short game in the green bunker on par 4 hole; he rolled on a 7-foot roller to avoid a scarecrow.

Full results from Honda Classic

Su completed a great round of putting with a putt of the same length on the finishing par-4 hole. He also had three birds from 25 to 30 feet.

“The stick just got hot,” said Su, who has conceded four out of 12 hits so far and only hit the top 20 once in his rookie campaign. “It was just fun to watch the putts go, especially when we were throwing good irons, and in the stretch we made a good par at 16 and a good bird at 18. I hope it continues.”

One shot behind Suh is Chris Kirk, while Ryan Gerard, who qualified on Monday, is tied for third with Under-8 Ben Taylor.


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