Courtesy of Dustin Roberts of the American Golf Coaches Association
TOYOTA CITY, Japan - Japan and the United States are tied atop the leaderboard following the second round of the TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup 2010 supported by JAL at Chukyo Golf Club’s Ishino Course. Bobby Wyatt is part of a three-way to for first place with Japan’s Genzo Tokimatsu and Atiwit Janewattananond of Thailand at 8-under 134.
The Americans, who entered the day three shots clear of the field, posted a second-round score of 4-under. Team USA’s Bobby Wyatt again shot 67 in the second round to move up one spot into the tie for first. First-round leader Cameron Wilson dropped five spots into a tie with Taihei Sato at 4-under after shooting 72. Yaroslav Merkulov went under par for the second consecutive round - 1-under 70 - to move up from 10th to a tie for eighth at 3-under for the tournament. Oliver Schniederjans did not count for the United States after carding 73.
“I actually think we played just about as good as we did yesterday given the pin placements, the soggy conditions - there was no roll - and the way wind was blowing today - it was blowing in many different directions” said USA Coach Matt Mahanic. “It wasn’t a constant wind and it was very tough to judge. I thought the guys handled themselves very well. Bobby (Wyatt) to do what he did again today, what he did yesterday, it’s very impressive. We’re going to need two more of those out of him. Yarik (Yaroslav Merkulov), that was fantastic. Two-over through two and posted 1-under for us - he really got his head right. Mentally he stayed in it for 18 holes, which was big for him, to stay in it after a bad start. Cameron (Wilson) ran into a little bit of a rough spell but he’s going to be there tomorrow. Same with Oliver (Schniederjans). Those guys are too good of players to not bounce back and post something under par tomorrow.”
Wyatt did not have a birdie until the par-3 sixth hole to move back to even after an early bogey. He would collect four more birdies for the day to post his second round of 67 in as many days. One key to Wyatt’s performance was playing the par 3 holes at 3-under for the round.
“At first I wasn’t hitting it very well and I kind of scrambled around and kept it okay,” said Wyatt. “Then I found my swing a little bit. I thought about when I got on the range this morning and started hitting it better. I gave myself some opportunities and dropped a few of them. I was 1-over through four or five holes then I had a couple of birdies closing out the front nine. Then I headed to the back and just kept it going. I had probably four, five, six good birdie opportunities and I was able to capitalize on three of them.”