MEMPHIS (REUTERS) – Brendon Todd used a red-hot putter to say sole possession of the lead on the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational in Memphis on Friday (July 31), sitting two strokes forward of Rickie Fowler after the second spherical.
Defending champion Brooks Koepka, his American compatriot Chez Reavie and South Korean An Byeong-hun completed the day 4 strokes off the lead.
World No. 51 Todd, who received two PGA Tour titles in consecutive begins final November, carded a bogey-free, five-under 65 at TPC Southwind for an 11-under 129 midway whole.
The 35-year-old American, who transformed a formidable 50-foot birdie putt over a slope on the par-three 14th, walked off the course feeling higher than ever heading into the weekend.
“In my complete life, that is undoubtedly probably the most assured I’ve ever felt with my golf sport. It is in all probability probably the most versatile I’ve ever been ball-striking-wise,” stated Todd.
“I nonetheless do not hit it far, however I really feel like I will form pictures slightly bit. And my brief sport’s stable, so it simply sort of comes right down to how the placing is.”
Fowler, who holed three back-to-back birdies on the entrance 9, shot a double-bogey on 11, earlier than recovering with a birdie-birdie end for a 67.
The 31-year-old has not completed within the prime 10 because the Tour returned from its coronavirus hiatus, however instructed reporters that he feels he’s “on course”.
“My most important objective is (to) undergo some modifications for the higher. Typically you have to take that step again to take two steps ahead,” stated Fowler.
“I really feel like we already made the step again, I really feel like we have made a step ahead. I am in search of that subsequent step.”
Koepka, who led by two pictures after the primary spherical, began on the again 9 and reached the flip at two beneath for the spherical however made double-bogey on the par-four second the place his tee shot discovered a fairway bunker after which wanted three putts from 57 ft.
The four-time Main winner, who struggled in his final three occasions, stated his putter let him down in his spherical of one-over 71 however that he was not going to lose sleep with loads of golf nonetheless to play.
“I felt like I did all the things we have been attempting to do, simply wasn’t working, wasn’t seeing the road,” stated Koepka, who will defend his PGA Championship title subsequent week.
“Even yesterday I stated I did not really feel fairly snug over something inside 5 ft and right now it simply felt sort of the identical.
“I’ve bought 36 holes to go, man, I ain’t anxious.”
An, in the meantime, moved into rivalry with a second-round 65, reported PGATour.com. Chasing a primary World Golf Championships and PGA Tour victory, the 28-year-old loved day on the greens with six birdies in opposition to a lone bogey.
Countryman Kang Sung battled to a 69, which featured 4 birdies in opposition to three bogeys, to lie an extra shot again in a share of sixth place.
Reavie shot a 67 and has only one bogey in 36 holes.
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