It wasn’t de Jonge shooting 10-under-par 62 here Friday that was so unexpected. He lives in Charlotte. He knows Quail Hollow. He played some outstanding golf making the International Presidents Cup team last year.
It was that he shot 62 after opening the tournament with an 80.
With eight birdies and an eagle, de Jonge equaled the course record set by Rory McIlroy in the final round of 2010, when McIlroy won this championship.
“I had absolutely nothing to lose starting out this morning,” de Jonge said. “I knew it was going to take a wonderful round just to play the weekend, so it was a little bit easier to relax and be a little bit more aggressive out there.”
De Jonge went from looking like he had little chance to make the cut to having a chance to win.
“To be honest, I didn't expect to be playing this weekend, so everything is a bonus,” de Jonge said. “I have to do a good job of starting fresh tomorrow and realizing that it's a new round.”
De Jonge hit 11 of 14 fairways Friday, hit 13 greens and took just 22 putts. He chipped in from 63 feet at the 14th for eagle.