Brandt Snedeker shot a 3-under 67 on Friday and will take a two-shot lead into the weekend at the Wyndham Championship.
Entering the day off a first-round 59, Snedeker struggled early with three bogeys offset by just two birdies to turn in 1-over 36. The 37-year old, though, picked up the pace on the way home, shooting a bogey-free 31, highlighted by an eagle-birdie on Nos. 15 and 16 to reach 14-under par.
“Two shots on 11 really got me going. I hit a good drive there, finally got in the fairway, which I had been struggling with on the front nine,” said Snedeker, who will be seeking his ninth PGA Tour victory this weekend.
“Hit a great 8-iron in there about 10 feet, made the putt, and when I made that, I kind of relaxed a little bit, hit some good shots coming in the next few holes. Didn’t make the putts, but finally on 15 had two great shots in there, I had a 30-footer for eagle and to see that thing go in was huge.
“Obviously got me back into the lead and felt like it got me some good momentum going for the rest of the weekend.”
Snedeker finished the day with three bogeys, four birdies, one eagle and 10 pars. He will be paired with D.A. Points in Saturday’s third round at Sedgefield.
Points shot a 64 and was two shots back at 12-under par, one clear of C.T. Pan, who also carded a 64 on Friday.
Sergio Garcia posted a second-day 65 and headlined a six-player logjam at 9-under par. With every player from 122nd through 127th in the FedExCup standings missing the cut, Garcia (currently 131st) was projected to move inside the top 125 and avoid missing the Playoffs for the first time.
Leaderboard: Top 5
1. Brandt Snedeker 59-67 (-14)
2. D.A. Points 64-64 (-12)
3. C.T. Pan 65-64 (-11)
4. David Hearn 64-67 (-9)
4. Peter Malnati 66-65 (-9)
4. Keith Mitchell 65-66 (-9)
4. Sergio Garcia 66-65 (-9)
4. Harris English 66-65 (-9)
4. Brett Stegmaier 64-67 (-9)