Todd remains ahead in Memphis

Paola Ditto
Agosto 2, 2020

He has a two-shot lead ahead of countryman Rickie Fowler, who carded a three-under-par round of 67 to take outright second at nine under par.

"I feel like I'm heading in the right direction", Fowler said. I feel like we've made a step forward.

His first bogey since the ninth hole on Thursday came at the fifth, but he refused to let it rattle him and recovered with a birdie at the eighth, before maintaining his calm demeanour on the back nine as he mixed three bogeys with three birdies, although he should have signed off with a birdie at the 18th where he missed from five feet.

Todd started where he left off Friday, rolling in a 14-footer for birdie on No. 1 to reach 12 under. "I wouldn't worry. I've got 36 holes to go, man, I ain't anxious". "Bonus birdie there, but that's what you've got to do to win golf tournaments".

Among the other early starters, Australian Jason Day (67) was six shots back of Todd while world number three Justin Thomas (70) was a further shot adrift.

Fourth-ranked Webb Simpson, another two-time victor this season, totaled 66 with four birdies on the back nine and is six strokes down in a tie for eighth with Jason Day of Australia, who had a 67, Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa, who also shot 67, and Sungjae Im of South Korea, who came in at 68.

Jon Rahm shot a 74 and is 4 over in his first event as No. 1 in the world.

On the 406-yard par-4 12th, Fowler had a bogey after hitting the green in 3 and two putting, moving Fowler to 2 under for the round.

He made up for it with a 16-foot birdie putt on the par-5 No. 16 for a two-stroke lead again.

"That's the easiest to put on the green, to not hit in the water", Todd said. "These greens are about as good as they get. It's been nice to kind of have them stay on the softer side and make it very playable when you're driving in the fairway".

LPGA: Danielle Kang played bogey-free at Inverness Club for a 6-under 66 and a one-shot lead in the LPGA Drive On Championship in Toledo, Ohio.

After setting a course record with a 10-under 62 in the opening round at the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel and Country Club, Garcia Rodriguez cooled somewhat in the second round with a 3-under 69 that included birdies on the last two holes.

This is the highest on the leaderboard a player age 50 or over has been after 54 holes of a WGC event since Miguel Angel Jimenez at the 2014 Mexico.

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