After posting an eight-over 80 on Thursday at Quail Hollow Club, Brendon de Jonge figured he’d be going home early — which, at least, wouldn’t be far since he resides in Charlotte, where the Wells Fargo Championship is held. Then, de Jonge caught fire on Friday, shooting a 10-under 62 to tie the course record that Rory McIlroy set in the final round in 2010 when he went on to win.
De Jonge kicked off the second round with a birdie and made three more on the front nine. He rolled in four more on the back nine and added an eagle, chipping in from 63 feet on no. 14.
The Zimbabwe native said he had no expectations coming into the day after his first-round 80.
“I had absolutely nothing to lose starting out this morning,” said de Jonge. “I knew it was going to take a wonderful round just to play the weekend, so it was a little bit easier to relax and be a little bit more aggressive out there.”
De Jonge, who bettered his score by 18 strokes overnight, also was happy for not thinking about his score and getting ahead of himself.
“I obviously knew I was playing well and making a bunch of birdies, but I did a pretty good job of staying in the moment today,” he said.
De Jonge hit 11 of 14 fairways, found 13 of 18 greens and only needed 22 putts. Perhaps it had something to do with switching putters in between his first and second rounds.
“I made a couple of putts early today,” he said. “I couldn’t make it from three feet yesterday…
“It’s a strange game.”
De Jonge is currently T30 with the afternoon wave still in the midst of their second round.
Meanwhile, Martin Flores leads at nine-under, while Justin Rose trails by just one.
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