NORTON, Mass. – With winds kicking up, TPC Boston grew firmer and faster during the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship. Here’s how things look at the halfway point, where Jason Day and Ryan Palmer share the lead:
Leaderboard: Jason Day (-8), Ryan Palmer (-8), Matt Kuchar (-7), Billy Horschel (-7), Patrick Reed (-6), Keegan Bradley (-6), Webb Simpson (-6), Bill Haas (-6)
What it means: Palmer went out early, and while his putter cooled after an opening 63 he still played well enough to set the early mark. Day at one point got it to 9 under, but after a closing bogey he dropped back into a share of the lead as he looks to win for the second time this season, though a host of big names lurk within two shots of the lead.
Round of the day: Danny Lee started the playoffs at No. 124, but after a strong week at The Barclays he qualified for Boston and now appears poised to continue his run. Lee reeled off five straight birdies on Nos. 3-7 en route to a second-round 65. The effort moved was nine shots better than his opening score, and at 3 under he heads into the weekend in a tie for 17th with a chance to crack the top 70.
Best of the rest: Playing with a heavy heart, Kuchar made six straight birdies in the middle of his round while carding a 5-under 66 that moved him to within a shot of the lead. Kuchar’s run included six putts of 12 feet or less, and he is now in position for his second straight top-five finish this postseason.
Biggest disappointment: Only 11 players missed the 36-hole cut, but Brandt Snedeker was one of them after rounds of 72-76. Snedeker took 65 putts to complete his first two rounds, including 34 during the second round, and now must wait to see if he will still be able to snag one of Tom Watson’s three captain’s picks for next month’s Ryder Cup.
Main storyline heading into Sunday: Day missed much of the summer while battling multiple injuries, but he is now healthy and could change the tone of his season with another win. This is the fifth time he has held a share of the 36-hole lead, though, and he failed to translate any of those prior chances into a victory.
Shot of the day: Scott Brown already had a hole-in-one this year at Colonial, but he became the first player with a pair of aces this season when his 8-iron found the hole from 171 yards on No. 8. Brown went on to shoot a 3-under 68, effectively battling back from an opening 75 to make the cut.
Quote of the day: “I’m looking forward to playing in the last group, obviously. The more times I put myself there, the better I feel and the more comfortable I feel playing in final groups.” – Day