Curran 5 clear at suspended Brasil Champions|
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SportsNetwork.com) - Jon Curran carded a 7-under 64 on
Friday to move five strokes clear of the field with the second round of the
Brasil Champions suspended due to inclement weather.
Curran, who led by three when the first round wrapped up earlier Friday,
finished 36 holes at 17-under-par 125.
Andres Echavarria fired an 8-under 63 to move into second place at minus-12,
while Oscar Fraustro (64) and Alex Cejka (66) are one shot back at 11-under-
par 131 at Sao Paulo Golf Club.
Ronaldo Francisco posted his second straight 66 to move into a share of fifth
at minus-10. He was joined there by Daniel Berger, who finished just eight
holes of his second round.
The first round was completed earlier Friday after lightning in the area
stopped play on Thursday. The second round is slated to resume on Saturday at
6 a.m. ET with the third round scheduled to run from 9:30-11:30 a.m. off split
tees and players in threesomes.
Curran started on the back nine and ran off three straight birdies from the
10th. After a trio of pars, Curran birdied the par-4 16th and made it two in a
row at 17.
The 27-year-old stumbled to a bogey on the 18th to drop to minus-14. He
quickly atoned for that mistake with a birdie on the first.
Curran carded three birdies in a 4-hole span from the third to jump to 18-
under. He tripped to a bogey on the par-5 eighth before making par at the
"It's probably the best I've ever played or putted or scored for 36 holes. I
wasn't sure what was going on. It was ridiculous. I just wondered what the
heck was going on," stated Curran, who birdied six of the seven holes from
round one that he completed earlier Friday.
"It sounds cliche, but I wasn't doing anything special. I was making a lot of
putts. I was hitting a lot of quality iron shots and putting it in the
fairway. I was giving myself a lot of chances to hit it close and I felt
pretty confident with the putter."
Echavarria got off to a fast start with back-to-back birdies from the first.
After four pars in a row, he birdied the seventh and ninth to make the turn at
The Colombian started the back nine with three pars in a row. He then poured
in four birdies in the next five holes to soar into second place. Echavarria
parred the last to end five back.
NOTES: Cejka won in Colombia one month ago, and of the top four players on the
leaderboard, he is the only one with a Web.com Tour victory ... Curran's
opening total of 125 matched the second-best total in tour history.
03/14 18:33:41 ET