19 Jun 2020 | Professional golf |
Coletta firing in Florida
by Martin Blake
Australian Brett Coletta has an eye on a US PGA Tour card as he continues to produce his best form at the Korn Ferry Tour event in Florida.
The 23-year-old Melburnian Coletta, joint leader after a course record in the first round, knocked in five birdies on the back nine in his second round for a 66 to retain a share of the lead in the King and Bear Classic.
Coletta, 23, has missed three cuts and also had a withdrawal in four starts this year on the secondary American tour, after previously cutting his living in Canada.
Last year he had three top-10 finishes on the Korn Ferry Tour. An accomplished amateur, he won the Queensland Open in 2016. The top 25 finishers on the Korn Ferry Tour money list are awarded cards for the main tour the following year.
Coletta shares the lead with American Vince India at 15-under par. "It always feels good to be in contention,” said Coletta. “That’s what you play for and what you come here to do. I’m stoked to be back in contention for sure.”
Two other Aussies -- Curtis Luck (15th) and Ryan Ruffels (18th) also are having a good week.
Meanwhile in the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage Cameron Smith is the leading Australian, starting out with a two-under par 69 to be five shots off the lead held by American Mark Hubbard and England’s Ian Poulter.
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