Patrick Reed has edged himself into the lead at the Wyndham Championship at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.
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Patrick fired a second round -6 under par 64 to move to the top of the leaderboard at the end of the second round of the Wyndham Championship with a -11 under par total. Patrick likes the attention for his wife, and also listens to what she has to say;
“I don’t mind her having all the attention, less attention for me, which means I can just focus more on my game. I told her to read putts for me that day, and she just has a knack for reading greens extremely well. It’s basically like my coach being out there with me. She knows just as much about the golf swing. She knows why I hit it left or right or anything like that, so I mean, if ever I get out of whack, she can fix me immediately.”
In second place at -10 under par is John Huh, who had the days lowest round, -8 under par 62, which left him just one shot off the lead at the end of the day. John said he did not see the 62 coming;
“Not 62. It was more like, maybe, 64. I drove the ball great since the Masters, actually. It’s been a long time, but I was able to put everything together and I’m really pleased with it.”
Jordan Spieth occupies third place at -9 under par, his second round score was a more modest -4 under par 66, with a total of -9 under par. Jordan who won his first PGA TOUR event last month said it is all about confidence;
” Just five yards here or there at the PGA means you miss a fairway and you make bogey, So, it’s just about getting my confidence back off the tee. I think that’s been the key to success this week so far is in my 3-wood. I’ve never hit it better than I have this week. Same with my driver. Getting myself to 9-under par, it’s definitely a very, very big confidence booster, nice bounce back from being 8 over two rounds last week. It’s nice to see those go in. Definitely looking forward to the Playoffs.”
Surprisingly Zach Johnson and Sergio Garcia, two of the bigger names in the tournament have not been able to keep pace with the leaders. Both players are now six shots off the lead, at -5 under par for the tournament.
Zach knows he should have been closer to Patrick Reed’s lead, he was at – 4 under par through five holes on Thursday and -3 under par through six on Friday only to shoot 67 and 68, respectively;
“Great starts and pretty average, poor finishes, lot of opportunities, just not capitalizing I guess is what I would say. But this is only my second time playing here. I got to get used to the golf course and it’s hard to make putts. If you land it one yard one way or one yard the other way it’s a birdie or potential bogey and that’s the beauty of this track. I think everything’s good, I feel like I’m managing my game good. What’s kept me from winning was the fact that I didn’t make any putts coming down the last nine holes at John Deere. I don’t feel like I lost that tournament in the playoff, I feel like I lost it in regulation, if anything.”
There is a 90% chance of rain in the published forecast for Saturday, so tournament officials have decided to move up the tee times for the third round of the Wyndham Championship. Players will be sent off Tee. 1 and Tee 10, three in each group, between 0700 and 0930 Eastern Time. The expected finish, barring delays, should be mid afternoon.
Mark Russell, the vice president of rules and competitions for the PGA TOUR announced;
“We’re expecting a very high percentage of rain tomorrow and we’ve had so much rain here at Piedmont, North Carolina, that you know, the water table is so high it’s not going to take much rain at all to cause us some problems on the golf course. But with the 6:30 finish tomorrow night, CBS television, if we got knocked out, we’d have absolutely no time to come back and try to finish. So, the forecast is better for Sunday and hopefully by playing early tomorrow if we do have some down time we’ll at least leave ourselves time to get the players back out and finish the third round.”
Finally some players who did not make the cut, which was at -1 under par;
Brandt Snedeker, Carl Petterson, Nick Watney, Y.E. Yang, Davis Love 111, Paul Casey, V.J. Singh and Padraig Harrington.