Leaderboard Mayakoba 2022, results: Russell Henley hits record 36-hole record at World Tech Championships

Several of the world’s best ball strikers made their way to Mayakoba this week for the 2022 Tech World Championships. Halfway through, it was not world number two Scotty Scheffler, two-time champion Victor Hofland, or two-time main champion Colin Morikawa out front; It’s even 33-year-old Russell Henley.

The former Georgia Bulldog will have a lot of things on his mind over the coming days as his school takes over to lead the Tennessee Volunteers on the Saturday field, and with whom he will claim his first PGA Tour win since 2017. Standing at 16 under – a 36-hole record in the event – and three strokes on Both Sam Ryder and Will Gordon, Henley will try to do what he hasn’t been able to achieve over the past five years – wrap up a golf tournament.

Henley was on the verge of claiming his fourth PGA Tour title on a number of occasions, but failed at every turn. Just last year, he collapsed in the 2021 Wyndham Championship. Months later, he was caught by Hideki Matsuyama at the 2022 Sony Open, where he eventually fell to a playoff.

With so much golf yet to be played, Henley will have to battle not only the competition but his inner demons around El Camaleon Golf Club. With several unknown loads occupying the front page of the leaderboard, just a little behind it, two of our pre-tournament favorites may be licking their clips as Hovland and Morikawa both stand at 8-under and eight-strokes adrift.

Leader

1 – Russell Henley (-16)

Ross is cooking at the moment, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t seen this movie before. A prolific fast start has been the last 36 holes he’s faltered with Henley since his last win at the 2017 Houston Open. His precise drive and precise iron play will likely continue, but keep an eye on the racket as he has often been a kid trouble when trying to finish tournaments.

“I’ve been feeling great for the past two days,” Henley said. “Mentally I felt confident and had faith in what I was doing. I ran a lot of passes and made some good saves today which kept my tour going. Obviously I am very happy with where I am.”

The other competitors

T2. By Sam Ryder and Will Gordon (-13)

4 – Baton Keizer (-12)

5 – David Lingmirth (-11)

T6. Brian Harman, Martin Laird, Harry Higgs (-10)

T9. Maverick McNeely, Grayson Seig, Matt Kochar, Scott Percy, Patrick Rodgers (-9)

By playing on the sponsor’s exemption this week, Higgs is taking full advantage of his opportunity in Mexico. His second round of 9-under 62 was very timely as the former SMU Mustang entered the week after missing 16 of 20 cuts including the first three of the 2022-23 PGA Tour season. After losing his PGA Tour card last season and missing all three cuts to the Korn Ferry Tour Finals, it was tough to get a quality performance.

“I mean, everywhere,” Higgs said of his current mental state. “Just like I had a lot of bad days and a lot of bad days in a row, and then I also didn’t have what I wanted, but I had some great days where I was in complete control, I was making good decisions, I was, as we all say, walking away from my way”.

Ace Harman pushes him into disagreement

Back-to-back rounds of 5-under 66 have Brian Harman in the heat at Mayakoba for the first time in his career. Playing at El Camaleon for the 10th time in his career, the 35-year-old did no better than finishing in the T30. Starting his day with a single slot 4 par-3, Harman will have a memory regardless of whether that form lasts through the weekend.

“You know, this place has had my number over the years, it wasn’t really good here and today was kind of those days, just kind of choppy, it wasn’t great,” Harman said. “Just settled down, made a good couple swings, started that in the wind, and covered a headdress 50 [degree wedge] and brought him back there.”

2022 Mayakoba Updated Odds, Choices

Odds via Caesars Sportsbook

  • Russell Henley: 11/10
  • Will Gordon: 9-1
  • Sam Ryder: 11-1
  • Brian Harman: 18-1
  • Victor Hofland: 20-1
  • Patton Keizer: 22-1
  • Colin Morikawa: 28-1
  • Maverick McNeely: 1-30
  • Matt Kochar: 35-1
  • David Lingmirth: 35-1
  • Martin Laird: 45-1

After opening with an equal score of 71, Morikawa shot inside the top 20 with eight and under 64 on Friday. Entering the week with ironclad style in form, he carried that style of play and paired it with a few impressive hits in his second round. There are many question marks at the top of this leaderboard that are supposed to give way to a player like Morikawa, who will be giving himself a lot of bird looks over the next couple of days. It would require a massive effort after eight strokes over the pace, but at nearly twice its pre-tournament price tag, it might be worth the investment.

“Eight things are a lot, but eight are still possible at the end of this week,” Morikawa said of the deficit. “This golf course, the way it plays, you can post a couple of really good lows on a weekend. I will definitely need that if I’m going to be in competition, but after today I feel pretty good.”