Scheffler remains top of Charles Schwab Challenge, Pereira gains ground

The American golfer Scottie Scheffler, number one in the PGA ranking, remained on Friday in the trio of leaders of the Charles Schwab Challenge tournament in a second round in which the Chilean Mito Pereira climbed positions.

Scheffler signed a card of 65 strokes, five under par, with five birdies and no bogeys, at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth (Texas).

The winner of the last Augusta Masters has not committed a single bogey in his first 36 holes, in which he has accumulated 131 strokes (-9).

“I love that stat,” Scheffler acknowledged. “I’ve taken the stress off myself for the most part.”

At 25 years old, Scheffler has been the great sensation of the season on the circuit by accumulating four trophies and unseating the Spanish Jon Rahm from the PGA leadership.

In Fort Worth, Scheffler is trying to make up for his disappointing showing at the PGA Championship last week, where he missed the cut.

“I came home and didn’t do anything on Saturday and had a relaxing practice session on Sunday. It was definitely a good break,” Scheffler said of his unusual weekend off.

Scheffler shares the lead with his compatriots Scott Stallings and Beau Hossler (USA).

Chilean Mito Pereira, who let the PGA Championship win slip away with a fatal mistake on the last hole, improved on his low-key run from Thursday and finished with 66 shots (-4), moving up 28 places to 15th.

Both American Justin Thomas, winner of the PGA Championship, and countryman Will Zalatoris, who lost the playoff tiebreaker at that tournament, missed the cut Friday in Fort Worth.

Classification at the end of the second round of the Charles Schwab Challenge tournament (par 70):

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131 – Scott Stallings (USA) 67-64, Beau Hossler (USA) 66-65, Scottie Scheffler 66-65 (USA)

132 – Patrick Reed (USA) 66-66

133 – Pat Perez (USA) 67-66, Chris Kirk (USA) 66-67

134 – Max McGreevy (USA) 68-66, Davis Riley (USA) 67-67, Cam Davis (AUS) 66-68, Viktor Hovland (NOR) 69-65, Harold Varner (USA) 66-68

135 – Jordan Spieth (USA) 69-66, John Huh (USA) 69-66, Webb Simpson (USA) 66-69

136 – Denny McCarthy (USA) 68-68, Matt Jones (AUS) 70-66, Brendon Todd (USA) 68-68, Mito Pereira (CHI) 70-66, Kurt Kitayama (USA) 71-65, Christiaan Bezuidenhout (RSA) 68-68, Russell Knox (SCO) 68-68, Chad Ramey (USA) 70-66