Zach Murray – photo Asian Tour

Ryan Fox and Zach Murray, who finished one and two on the 2019 PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit, and earned starts at the WGC Championship Mexico as a result, have made solid starts to the event at the Club De Golf Chapultepec in Mexico City.

Both players lead the Australasian contingent and are tie for 19th at 2 under and although nine shots from the tournament leader, Bryson De Chambeau, they currently have many of the game’s leading players trailing in their wake.

Both players have shown improvement in recent starts, Murray having struggled since his win at the New Zealand Open last year before good tournaments in Abu Dhabi and at the Vic Open. Given his still relative lack of experience at this level it is an impressive start for the 22-year-old Victorian.

Fox was runner-up in his last start at the Vic Open and today put together seven birdies in round two before a bogey at the last. He had also dropped three shots in two holes late in his front nine.

Fox and Murray will rush back to Queenstown in New Zealand at the completion of the event to play next week’s New Zealand Open.

Adam Scott recovered from his slow start to the event on Thursday with a second round 68 today to be at even par and tied for 28th while Marc Leishman is the next best in 42nd place.

There is no cut in the event so Lucas Herbert, Cameron Smith and Scott Hend will also get their chance to improve their standing from further back in the field over the final 36 holes.

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