Hoffman (63) grabs Deutsche Bank lead after Round 2


The field got off to a slow start at the Deutsche Bank Championship, but second-round scores more closely resembled the shootout that many expected. Here's how things look at the halfway point at TPC Boston, where a former champ leads by three:

Leaderboard: Charley Hoffman (-12), Brendon de Jonge (-9), Zach Johnson (-8), Rickie Fowler (-8), Kevin Chappell (-8), Matt Jones (-8), Henrik Stenson (-7)

What it means: De Jonge began the day with a two-shot lead, but Hoffman quickly raced past him with the low round of the week. A winner earlier this season and a winner at TPC Boston in 2010, he has a penchant for getting hot and appears to be doing just that as the postseason nears a climax.

Round of the day: Hoffman ended with an eagle during the first round, and he picked up right where he left off Saturday. The veteran birdied five of his first nine holes en route to an outward 30, and Hoffman carded nine birdies against just a single bogey to card an 8-under 63, the day's lowest total by two shots.

Best of the rest: Johnson hasn't exactly cooled down since his win at the Open Championship, and he is in contention again after a bogey-free 65. Johnson had three birdies in a five-hole stretch from Nos. 14-18, then added three more circles on his inward half to put himself in position for his fifth top-6 finish in his last seven starts.

Biggest disappointment: In his last chance to impress for a possible Presidents Cup pick, Brooks Koepka flamed out early at TPC Boston. Koepka followed an opening 74 with a 5-over 76, canceling three birdies with four bogeys and a pair of double bogeys. After a hot summer, the 25-year-old has now missed the cut in each of the first two playoff events.

Main storyline heading into Sunday: Hoffman hasn't been mentioned much as a FedEx Cup contender, but his opening 36 holes show what can happen with a hot streak at the right time. He could reach as high as third in the overall standings with a win, not to mention a possible Presidents Cup bid, and the veteran clearly feels comfortable in Norton, the site of the second of his three career wins.

Quote of the day: "If you play good golf, it will all pile up in the end." - Hoffman on his FedEx Cup and Presidents Cup opportunities.