Fernandez de Oliveira Climbs Leaderboard at Carmel Cup

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira birdied his final hole of round two at the Carmel Cup Saturday to give the junior a 68 – tying his second-best collegiate round – and moving him up seven places into a tie for second after 36 holes with a 6-under-par score of 138 (70-68).

The 19th-ranked Razorbacks are in sixth after two days with a score of 724 (358-366) on the par 72, 6,832-yard Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Fernandez de Oliveira was 4-under after 11 holes with four birdies and seven pars. He dropped a pair of shots on holes 12 and 13 but bounced back with birdies on holes 15 and 18 for his 4-under-par round of 68.

Wil Gibson, who was tied for second after round one, carded a 75 in round two and stands in a tie for 11th (68-75=143).

A trio of Razorbacks is separated by one stroke. Juan Camilo Vesga is tied for 27th. The redshirt freshman turned in a 74 and is tied for 27th with a 36-hole score of 147. Segundo Oliva Pinto and Julian Perico are each tied for 34th with a two-day score of 148. Luke Long rounds out the Razorbacks with a 36-hole score of 150 and he is tied for 38th.

Round one leader Trent Phillips shot a 2-under 70 on Saturday to hold his lead. The Georgia product is 8-under and leads by two strokes over Fernandez de Oliveira and Oklahoma’s Logan McAllister.

Oklahoma State built a seven-shot lead after shooting a 10-under-par 350 in round two. Oklahoma is second (714), followed by Georgia (716), Texas Tech (720), Arkansas and Mississippi State (724), Vanderbilt (732) and TCU (743).

The third and final round is set for Sunday.

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