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Snedeker Backs Up 59 To Retain Wyndham Lead

Brandt Snedeker played a strong back nine to maintain his lead at the Wyndham Championship (Photo: Joey Ratcliffe)
There’s a theory in the pro ranks that the hardest round in golf is the one following a super low effort the day before.

Wyndham Classic leader Brandt Snedeker, whose 59 in the first round puts him in elite PGA Tour company, looked to be proving that theory correct until late in his second round at Sedgefield Country Club.

After the fireworks of Thursday, Snedeker’s card looked positively pedestrian through nine holes Friday as he went to the turn 1-over – a full nine shots worse than the previous day.

But somewhere on his way to the 10th tee Snedeker found something and set about erasing the memory of that two birdie/three bogey opening nine.

He birdied the 11th, picked up two more strokes with an eagle at the 15th and capped it off with another birdie at 16.

Having fallen behind a charging DA Points earlier in the day, the late burst put Snedeker firmly back in the drivers’ seat and he will now head to the weekend at 14-under and leading by two.

The eight-time Tour winner, whose first title came at this very event 11 years ago, is one of only three payers to be double digits under par through 36 holes.

Points finished his day with a second consecutive 64 to be outright second at 12-under while CT Pan was out early and also posted a 64 to get to 11-under and third alone.

Sergio Garcia is among those at 9-under and sharing fourth, the 2017 Masters champion needing to maintain his position in the field to qualify for the upcoming play-offs.

There is a tournament within a tournament this week as players battle to be among the top 125 in the FedEx Cup standings and either maintain playing privileges for next season or qualify for the lucrative play-off tournaments.

Aaron Baddeley is among those looking to secure a job in 2019 but continued a good recent run of form to be 8-under and inside the top 10 heading to the weekend.

Current projections see him moving to 126thif the tournament finished now so he has work to do over the weekend but has gone a long way to securing his rights for next year.

Cameron Percy is the only other Australian to qualify for the weekend, the Victorian T25 at 6-under.

Stuart Appleby, Matt Jones and Rod Pampling all missed the 3-under cut line, Jones falling to 150thin FedEx Cup standings and in danger of losing conditional status for next year.

Those in positisn 126-150 retain limited playing status for next season while all from 126-200 are eligible for the four tournament Web.com Tour Finals series.

Those four events, which also feature the top 75 from the secondary Tour, will award 25 PGA Tour cards based on cumulative earnings over the four week series.

Cameron Percy will be among those teeing up in those events starting in two weeks’ time while Stuart Appleby will have a nervous weekend wait, the Victorian 198th when he finished his round Friday and hopeful nobody passes him.


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