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'Mr. Monday' holds Wyndham 36-hole lead


Low scores were once again the name of the game Friday at the Wyndham Championship, where calm conditions and overcast skies kept the greens at Sedgefield Country Club receptive to accurate approach shots. Here's a look at how things stand in Greensboro, where Patrick Reed holds a one-shot lead at the halfway point:

Leaderboard: Patrick Reed (-11), John Huh (-10), Jordan Spieth (-9), Charlie Wi (-7), Ross Fisher (-7), Bob Estes (-7), Rory Sabbatini (-7)

What it means: After gaining notoriety last year for successfully navigating a series of Monday qualifiers, Reed now stands alone at the top through 36 holes in search of his first career PGA Tour win. With a spot in the FedEx Cup playoffs already secure, the 23-year-old could surge up the standings with a high finish at Sedgefield in advance of next week's playoff opener.

Round of the day: Named the PGA Tour's Rookie of the Year in 2012, Huh fired the day's low round by two shots with a bogey-free 62 to move firmly into contention heading into the weekend. A winner last year at the Mayakoba Classic, Huh birdied four of his first eight holes Friday and notched four more birds on his second nine, the front. Finishing the day with birdies on each of his final two holes, Huh found 16 of 18 greens in regulation while carding the lowest score of his short PGA Tour career.

Best of the rest: Beginning his round on the back nine, Reed carded birdies on Nos. 12-13 to make the turn in 2-under 33. He then added four more red figures on his inward half, coming home in 4-under 31 to complete a round that matched his lowest score on the PGA Tour this season and, like that of the man directly below him on the leaderboard, included 16 of 18 greens in regulation.

Biggest disappointment: Entering the week 126th on the FedEx Cup points list, Peter Hanson needed a strong effort at Sedgefield to give himself a shot of making the playoffs, and appeared in good position after a 2-under 68 Thursday. The Swede ran into trouble Friday, though, carding a 3-over 73 to miss the 36-hole cut. Though he'll still retain status for the 2013-14 season thanks to his standing on the season-long money list, he'll be on the sidelines for next week's event at Liberty National.

Main storyline heading into Saturday: With players off early in threesomes Saturday to avoid potentially inclement weather, youth will be served in the day's final group that will include a pair of 23-year-olds in Reed and Huh alongside the 20-year-old Spieth. Reed will look to maintain his position, eyeing a third straight top-10 finish on the PGA Tour, but will likely need to remain aggressive to do so as low scores should continue throughout the weekend. 

Shot of the day: Just off the green in two at the par-4 10th hole, Ernie Els attempted to take an aggressive line with his birdie effort across the high point of a slope behind the green, but failed to get the ball out of the fringe. The South African rebounded impressively, holing a 30-foot putt from just off the green for an improbable par, one that statistically included zero putts despite the fact that Els hit the ball with his putter twice.

Quote of the day: 'To be able to putt on really fast greens like this, it's a treat.' – Reed, who took 29 putts during the second round.

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