Day, Snedeker share lead at Deutsche Bank
AP Golf Writer
NORTON, Mass. – About the only thing fun for Jason Day was being atop the leaderboard in the Deutsche Bank Championship.
One day after he opened with a 63 in conditions so calm he might as well have been playing indoors, Day found out quickly what he was up against Saturday in tree-shaking wind on the TPC at Boston.
He hit a tee shot down the middle and found it in the right rough.
He aimed his 9-iron 10 yards left of his target and saw it fly over the green.
Day got away with it by chipping in for birdie on his way to a 4-under 67 to share the lead with Brandt Snedeker, the second straight week the 22-year-old Australian has been a 36-hole leader in the FedEx Cup playoffs.
“It was a little tougher out there today,” Day said. “It wasn’t as fun as yesterday, I’ll tell you that much.”
Snedeker went from the rain showers of Hurricane Earl to breezy conditions in his second round and had a 7-under 64.
The wind got stronger throughout the afternoon for Day, who birdied his last two holes to catch Snedeker.
For all the fretting over weather giving half the field a good break, it turned out to be a push. Of the top 18 on the leaderboard, it was evenly split with players who had to cope with rain and who got the worst of the wind.
“I wasn’t liking my odds in the draw when I teed of yesterday,” Snedeker said. “That being said, I think it’s going to end up working out exactly the same. I think these guys in the afternoon are going to have the tough conditions we had yesterday afternoon.”
Tiger Woods turned his game around at the right time.
In jeopardy of missing the cut and missing out on the rest of the FedEx Cup playoffs, Woods didn’t hit a bad shot through six holes and played bogey-free for the first time in more than a year for a 6-under 65 that left him in the middle of the pack.
Woods, who started in a tie for 87th, moved up to a tie for 29th and was seven shots behind with 36 holes to play.
“I had to shoot a good one if I was going to move on,” Woods said. “And I was able to do that today.”
Day, in the 36-hole lead for the second straight week in these playoffs, and Snedeker were at 12-under 130.
They were one shot ahead of FedEx Cup leader Matt Kuchar (65) and Charley Hoffman (67), with Luke Donald (67) another shot behind.
Defending champion Steve Stricker made it through another round without a bogey and was at 9-under 133, while Phil Mickelson started hitting fairways and making putts and was in the group at 8-under 134 that included Ryder Cup hopeful Stewart Cink, Hunter Mahan, Zach Johnson and Andres Romero, who only got into the 100-man field by making a 40-foot birdie putt on the final hole last week.
The top 70 in the FedEx Cup standings advance to the third round next week outside Chicago.
Fifteen players were eliminated by missing the cut, including Chad Campbell under bizarre circumstances. He was disqualified Saturday morning when officials realized he had never registered for the tournament, a simple formality.