Burton still leads as NM Open field is cut to 50 for the finale

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Jeff Burton brought his laser focus to the New Mexico Open. He is closing in on a wire to wire finish if he can hold off the pack in Thursday’s final round. Burton, from Scottsdale, Arizona, followed yesterday’s first round 64 with a second round 67 for a 13 under par total.

Former Lobo and La Cueva Bear, Sam Saunders, is the closest to Burton at 9 under par. Saunders followed yesterday’s 7 under 65 with a 2 under 70 on Wednesday. “Hopefully I can get a little close and make a couple of birdies because it’s probably going to take five or seven under for me tomorrow,” said Saunders.

Another former Lobo, DJ Brigman had the hot club in round two with a low of 7 under 65. His 7 under par total score has him in fourth place and within striking distance. “It’s going to take a low one tomorrow, but at least I showed myself I still got it. I mean with as little practice as I’ve done this year.” Brigman is a former PGA and Web.com tour player.

Notah Begay III knows all about that kind of competition. The four-time PGA Tour winner finished his second round just like his first with an even-par 72.

 “There’s a lot of talented players so I by no means have come out here with any delusions that I am going to come and give those guys a run for their money,” said Begay III. ‘I simply am here to enjoy it. The rust shows on my game.” The final round at the Sandia Golf Club is Thursday.

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