BMW Championship: Hideki Matsuyama breaks Medinah race record to take the lead

Posted by on August 16, 2019  /   Posted in golf reviews

Hideki Matsuyama showed tremendous touch on the greens The BMW Championship second round leaderboard-12 H Matsuyama (Jpn); -11 P Cantlay, T Finau (both US); -10 J Thomas (USA); -9 A Hadwin, C Conners (both Can), L Glover, C Reavie, X Schauffele (all US), R Sabbatini (Svk) Selected others: -8 T Fleetwood (Eng), R McIlroy (NI), -5 B Koepka (USA); -4 P Casey, I Poulter (both Eng); -3 J Rose (Eng); G McDowell (NI); -2 T Woods (USA) Full scoreboard

Hideki Matsuyama broke the Medinah course record with two shots with a stunning nine-under-par 63 to take the BMW championships lead after round two.

The Japanese, 27, hit nine birdies and no bogeys to go to 12 under the general, one shot for Americans Patrick Cantlay and Tony Finau on Friday.

Justin Thomas and Jason Kokrak had both equaled the previous course record of 65 on Thursday.

"It seemed like every birdie chance I had I made the putt," Matsuyama said.

Matsuyama was fantastic with the putter and dropped five birdie chances of more than 15 feet, including a 30-foot effort at the 18th hole.

After starting the 33rd tournament in the FedEx Cup playoffs, Matsuyama is now projected second in the rankings. The top 30 players after this tournament qualify for the Tour Championship on August 22 for the chance to become a FedEx Cup champion.

Thomas shot a three-under 69 to go to 10 under general, but co-leader Kokrak fell back to six after a 73.

Card's Tommy Tommy Fleetwood played an impressive card 66 to go down to eight alongside Rory McIlroy from Northern Ireland, who shot 67. McIlroy is currently projected fourth, after finishing in third place in the tournament.

Tiger Woods hit five birdies but also four bogeys in a second consecutive round of 71.

The 15-time great champion said he had to "shoot something in the middle" in the 60s two remaining rounds to go to the top 30. Have the chance to defend his Tour Championship title.

World number one Brooks Koepka remains first projected after a 71 brought him to five under general, level with Patrick Reed, who won the first FedEx Cup play-off event, The Northern Trust, last week

The defending FedEx Cup champion Justin Rose dropped to three under after a 73, one shot behind fellow Englishmen Paul Casey and Ian Poulter.

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