Lorenzo-Vera shot a second-round 68 and finds himself in a six-way tie for second at 6 under at TPC Harding Park, two shots back of Haotong Li.

The little known Lorenzo-Vera is tied with some of the game’s heavyweights: Brooks Koepka, Jason Day, Justin Rose,Tommy Fleetwood and Daniel Berger.

But getting to this point, two shots back heading to the weekend at a major championship, wasn’t an easy path for Lorenzo-Vera.

He turned pro in 2005 but by 2013, he says he hit a low point in his professional career. He told ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi after his second round that he finished “almost last in the Challenge Tour in 2013 so that was really, really far away to play correct golf.”

Lorenzo-Vera was also really, really far away from a correct bank account. Rinaldi asked Lorenzo-Vera about falling into significant debt.

“Too much,” Lorenzo-Vera said with a laugh. “Way too much considering the money there is on the Challenge Tour.

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