Rhein Gibson – file photo – Henry Peters

US Based Lismore golfer, Rhein Gibson, is back on the PGA Tour in 2020 and at the halfway mark of the Puerto Rico Open he finds himself just two shots from the lead and in a share of 6th place in what is the alternative PGA Tour event to the WGC Championship Mexico.

Gibson has played the Korn Ferry Tour in each of the last two years and although he has not recorded a top 30 in his last 17 starts in either Korn Ferry or PGA Tour appearances he had done enough early in 2019, including a win at the BMW Charity Pro-Am, to regain full PGA Tour status for the new season.

Gibson was actually tied for the lead on day two at the Grand Reserve Country Club before a double bogey at his 17th hole saw slip from the top of the leaderboard but still finish within striking distance of the leaders, Kyle Stanley, Josh Teater, Emiliano Grillo and Victor Hovland.

Gibson is scheduled to play next week’s New Zealand Open in Queenstown, an event he has supported for several years despite is US base, and if he is able to finish the week off well he will take confidence with him on the flight to New Zealand

Cameron Davis and John Senden are the next best of the Australians at 4 under and in a share of 33rd place.

Cameron Percy is another shot back in 47th place.

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