WGC: Rickie Fowler two behind Brendon Todd, Brooks Koepka back four | Golf news

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Brendon Todd is two strokes ahead halfway through the WGC St Jude Invitational after a bogey-less 65 inning in Memphis.

Brendon Todd is two strokes ahead halfway through the WGC St Jude Invitational after a bogey-less 65 inning in Memphis.

Rickie Fowler produced a solid finish to get within two shots of frontman Brendon Todd at the midpoint of the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational in Memphis.

Fowler birdied the last two holes to score a 67 and move closer to nine under, but Todd will start the weekend as a catch-up man as he shot a 65, while the night leader Brooks Koepka slipped into a tie for third after struggling in the second. half of his turn.

Brendon Todd leads after rounds 64 and 65

Brendon Todd leads after rounds 64 and 65

Todd continued to improve his reputation as one of the PGA Tour’s most consistent fairway seekers, and after losing just one shot on his first lap 64, he went bogeyless on day two while making five. birdies, the highlight being a superb 50-foot putt on the 14th short which fell for a bonus of two.

“I just focused on speed,” Todd said. “It happened to drift right there in the middle of the hole. Bonus birdie there, but that’s what you have to do to win golf tournaments sometimes and that’s how you shoot low rounds. ”

Fowler had tied Todd’s 64 on day one, and the popular American also celebrated a long bird putt on the eighth hole, which topped a three-run streak as he ran 10-under.

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But just as Fowler seemed in total control, a bad tee shot in the 11th par-three found the water hazard and led to a double bogey five, although he stabilized with a solid streak of front starts. to strike a gentle approach to three feet. at 17 and conversion for birdie.

Fowler then finished in style with another unlikely birdie from the outside 40-footer, and he said, “It was nice to see putts come in, and those greens are about as good as they are. It’s good to make them stay. the softer side and make it very playable when driving down the fairway.

“This golf course can get quite interesting if it stays dry and firmer. I don’t know if we’re going to be able to get it this week with the storms we’ve had and what we might see today, tomorrow. I would love to see her dry if she can. ”

Fowler finished birdie-birdie for a 67

Fowler finished birdie-birdie for a 67

Koepka tied his career best lap with his first 62, and the defending champion landed a first birdie in the 11th – his second – although he missed a handful of good opportunities to extend his lead as his putting n did not live up to the standards. from the first day.

He landed another birdie putt to drop at 18, but his momentum was derailed on the second green when, after a three-foot net throw, his par putt dropped and he also missed the return before finally succeeding in the third. time to ask, and his sixth shot on par four.

Koepka made up for a bogey in the fifth with a welcome birdie at six, but a practice shot near Bryson DeChambeau’s ‘anthill’ tree in the seventh resulted in another abandoned shot, and he rejected two excellent opportunities. on each of the last two greens while it remained at seven cents.

Brooks Koepka went from two in front to four behind

Brooks Koepka went from two in front to four behind

“I just went wrong,” he said. “It was really nothing more than that. I felt stress free other than just missing a few short ones. Out of the last nine they felt good, they were just missing, and up front they just weren’t good putts. I ”I’m just glad I hit well. It’s good, it will be fine. I wouldn’t worry. I’ve got 36 holes to go, man, I’m not worried. ”

Koepka shares third place with former BMW PGA Champion Byeong-hun An (65) and Chez Reavie (67), while Matt Fitzpatrick burst into the top six with an outstanding 64 that presented a pitch-in for a eagle precocious to third, just a bogey and five birdies, including two of the last three holes.

Rory McIlroy, meanwhile, shaved seven shots on his disappointing, opening 73 and managed to get under the map for the tournament, but new world No.1 Jon Rahm fell to four above par after a 74.

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McIlroy needed 16 holes to find a birdie on Thursday, but he enjoyed a much more uplifting start to his second round as he birdied in the third, fourth and fifth, and another in the 10th had it. carried in red numbers before a disjointed 13th hole cost him. his only bogey of the day.

But he responded with a good pitch-and-putt for birdie in the long 16th and two good closing pars kept him under one alongside Tommy Fleetwood, who provided one of the highlights of the round when he was out of just over 100 yards for a birdie finishing in the 18th after his training plugged in a bunker.

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