Jordan Spieth loved his spot on the prime of the leaderboard for many of the second spherical. He entered the clubhouse in management because the later teams have been ending play at The Northern Belief.
It seemed as if Spieth would carry his lead into the weekend of the primary FedEx Cup Playoff occasion till Dustin Johnson stormed up the standings. He birdied the par-4 15th gap to take a share of the lead after which moved one stroke forward of Spieth with one other birdie on the closing par-4 18th gap.
Johnson now sits alone in first place (12 below) after carding a 4-under 67 on Friday on the Liberty Nationwide Golf Course. Spieth trails in second (11 below) after posting the bottom spherical of the day, a 7-under 64.
There is a four-way tie for third place (10 below) between Patrick Reed, Jon Rahm, Troy Merritt and Abraham Ancer.
The second spherical featured loads of drama.
It began early with the information that Tiger Woods was not going to play into the weekend, as he withdrew earlier than Friday’s spherical with an indirect pressure.
The drama continued with a climate delay that lasted simply over 30 minutes, and a penalty. Rory McIlroy was assessed a two-stroke penalty simply as he was chipping away on the leaderboard.
McIlroy hit his tee shot on the par-3 14th gap into the green-side bunker. Earlier than he took his method shot, he eliminated what he thought was a stone or different object nevertheless it turned out to be sand. After alerting the foundations official, he was given the penalty.
Rory McIlroy thought he was eradicating a free obstacle from a bunker, however then realized it was simply sand.
He alerted a guidelines official and was given a two-shot penalty.
He was three again of the lead on the time of the penalty. pic.twitter.com/Ayp8zWw9Ei
– PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 9, 2019
Nonetheless, the drama took one other flip when the penalty was in the end rescinded after play completed.
A birde on 15 helped McIlroy recuperate from the blunder and he’s at present in a tie for seventh place (9 below) with Andrew Putnam, Justin Rose, Louis Oosthuizen and Wyndham Clark.
After talking with @PGATOURRules on the completion of R2 @TheNTGolf , the two-stroke penalty that @McIlroyRory was assessed for touching what he thought was a rock in a bunker on the par-3 14th gap has been rescinded. He sits 65-68-133 (-9) by 36 holes.
– PGA TOUR Communications (@PGATOURComms) August 9, 2019
Notable golfers who missed the reduce, set at 1 below, have been Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar, Bubba Watson and Sergio Garcia.