Davis cards 63, hopes to keep his season alive


NORTON, Mass. – The last cut of the 2013 PGA Tour season arrives on Saturday at TPC Boston and for some the second round looms as a final Hail Mary.

No one improved their season outlook more than Brian Davis on Friday, carding an 8-under 63 for a share of the Deutsche Bank Championship lead and moving himself into position to keep his season alive.

Davis is one of seven players who are currently projected inside the top 70 after starting the week outside that number. The top 70 advance to next week’s BMW Championship.

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Davis began the week at 80th in points but is projected to move to fourth, followed by Nicholas Thompson (73rd and projected to 53rd), Stewart Cink (85th to 60th), Bob Estes (86th to 62nd), Jerry Kelly (87th to 65th), Ian Poulter (77th to 56th), Ernie Els (91st to 66th) and K.J. Choi (74th to 61st).

“For us guys there’s a lot of volatility,” Davis said. “You can make some big jumps. I know what I have to do not only to advance to next week but obviously if you can have high finishes you’re going to make huge gains.”

Current No. 70 Tim Clark struggled to a 73 on Day 1 and is projected to drop to 83rd; while Sang-Moon Bae is the projected bubble boy, dropping from 57th to 70th after a first-round 74.