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UCLA’s Omar Morales takes one-shot lead at prestigious Latin America Newbie

PANAMA CITY — Omar Morales of Mexico shot his second straight 1-under 69 on Friday to take a one-shot lead after two rounds of the Latin America Newbie Championship.

Morales, a junior at UCLA, was considered one of two gamers beneath par via 36 holes at windy Santa Maria Golf Membership. Mateo Fuenmayor of Colombia shot 68, the perfect spherical of the day. The Oregon State senior was at 1-under 139.

Mexico’s Santiago De la Fuente (71) and Brazil’s Andre Xavier (69) have been one other shot behind.

The winner of the Latin America Newbie earns a spot within the Masters, the U.S. Open and the British Open. Morales hit the opening tee shot in final yr’s U.S. Open at Los Angeles Nation Membership and is the highest-ranked participant within the discipline at No. 72 on this planet beginner rating.

Eight nations and territories have been represented among the many high 10, and gamers from 16 nations made the 36-hole minimize.

Morales and Fuenmayor each performed bogey-free on the again 9. Fuenmayor made a double bogey on the par-4 sixth to fall again to even for the day, however performed his remaining 12 holes in 2 beneath.



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