LOS ANGELES (AFP) – An Byeong-hun (pic below) got a hot start with four straight birdies on Friday to shoot back-to-back 66s for the clubhouse lead at the weather-hit Sanderson Farms Championship.
An led first-round leaders JT Poston and Tom Hoge by two shots with a 12-under 132 total as the second round was suspended because of darkness after storms halted play on Thursday.
Post and Hoge shot second-round 70s and were tied for second with fellow Americans George McNeill (67) and Scottie Scheffler (66).
Australia’s Cameron Percy was alone in sixth on nine-under through 11 holes.
“I’ve been putting a lot better the last couple events, so as long as the putts keep dropping, let’s see if I can win this season,” said An, who is trying to strengthen his position to make the International Presidents Cup team as a captain’s pick.
The second round will resume at The Country Club of Jackson in Jackson, Mississippi. Storms halted play in the first round and organisers had to play catchup on Friday.
South Korea’s An has made just one bogey in two rounds. He opened his second round with four straight birdies then added two more on eight and nine for six birdies on the front nine. His only blemish came on the par-five fifth hole after hitting his second shot into the water.
An, who turned 28 on Tuesday, has three worldwide wins, including the European Tour’s 2015 BMW PGA Championship, but is seeking his first on the United States (US) PGA Tour.
“This is my fourth year on the Tour, and I haven’t had a win yet, so a win is definitely on my mind,” he said.