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PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic: Hudson Swafford was stung into action by an overly aggressive hornet on the second day of the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship. The American recovering to post a 67 and open up a two-shot lead heading into the weekend.
“I’ve tried to play as much as I can at home to get ready for this, and this is going to be my first three weeks in a row for a year-and-a-half, so that’s going to be a big task for me, for sure.”Hudson Swafford
“It started swelling up, so I was just kind of rubbing ice on it after tee shots for the first five, six holes on the back side,” said Swafford, who rolled in three late birdies to reach 12-under. “I guess it kind of cleared my mind of the golf thing and just let me focus on something else.”
That focus will turn to holding off the chasing trio of Sean O’Hair (67), Justin Suh (67) and Luke List (65).
O’Hair has been conspicuous by his absence on Tour since tearing his oblique during the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February 2019. His return to action was halted by lockdown.
“I’ve been out pretty much almost a year-and-a-half now,” said O’Hair, who missed the cut in the Safeway Open last week. “So it’s trying to get in a groove again, in the routine again. My body is still not quite there as far as the workload that you do from traveling and hitting balls and walking and practice. It’s kind of hard to practice that at home.
“I’ve tried to play as much as I can at home to get ready for this, and this is going to be my first three weeks in a row for a year-and-a-half, so that’s going to be a big task for me, for sure.”
Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat made his first cut since the return from lockdown. The big-hitter followed up an opening 70 with a one-under par 71 to hit the weekend in a tie for 54th on three-under par.