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Schauffele Creating Ryder Cup Headache For Furyk

Xander Schauffele is making a late Ryder Cup charge (Photo: Getty Images)
The magic disappeared for both Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods on day two of the BMW Championship as Xander Schauffele grabbed the lead and threw his hat into the ring for the last Ryder Cup Captain’s pick.

On another low scoring day McIlroy only managed 1-under and Woods even par to be passed by six and 11 players respectively heading to the weekend in Philadelphia.

Schauffele, on the other hand, toured the Aronimink course in 64 to go along with an opening 63 and at 13-under is two clear of Justin Rose.

His sterling play has not only moved him to the top of the leaderboard but if he can go on with the job will add to Jim Furyk’s stress levels ahead of his final Ryder Cup pick being announced this week.

Furyk last week announced Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau as team members and most believe the in-form Tony Finau will be the final pick this week.

But Schauffele, 12th on the points list, will make that decision more difficult if he can hang on for victory Sunday.

“I feel like I’m on a mission here,” he said after his second round.

“I’m in a position where I feel like a win is the only way I’d even be in consideration. Tony, obviously, is the guy right now.

“I’ve got a lot to prove, not just to everyone else but to myself this weekend. I’ve been failing a lot, so it would be nice to turn the switch and clutch up.”

While the Americans in the field are focussed on the bigger picture of the biennial matches Jason Day quietly made a move up the leaderboard with an impressive 64 of his own.

Day has been at less than his best in the first two events of the playoffs but found some magic Friday with six birdies and no dropped shots.

Making the turn 2-under Day reeled off four birdies on the back nine and has climbed to a share of seventh, four shots off the pace.

Defending champion Marc Leishman also found some form on day two after a disastrous opening round.

Needing to finish 53rd or better this week to qualify for the Tour Championship in two weeks’ time he fired a 66 to move up five places to a share of 62nd.

Adam Scott also improved on an opening 74 with a 2-under 68 but still languishes near the tail of the field while Cameron Smith posted a second consecutive 1-over 71 and is alongside Scott in a share of 66th.

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