NORTON, Mass. – Brandt Snedeker has moved to the top of the leaderboard early in Saturday’s second round, thanks to an ace, an eagle and three birdies in his front nine.
Snedeker, starting his round off the 10th tee, shot 29 in his opening nine and is now 6 under on his round and 8 under for the tournament, one stroke ahead of first-round leader Troy Matteson, who tees off this afternoon.
Snedeker poured in three consecutive birdies early in his round. Then at the 146-yard 16th, he used a 9-iron to record the first ace of his PGA TOUR career. After a bogey at the 17th, he then eagled the par-5 18th with a putt of 21 feet, 3 inches.
Approximately a half-hour after Snedeker recorded his ace, Greg Chalmers posted the second ace of the day, also at the 16th … and also using a 9-iron. It’s Chalmers’ third career ace on TOUR.
With the two aces Saturday, there have now been seven in the history of the Deutsche Bank Championship – and all seven have come in the second round. The two aces on Saturday at the 16th still falls short of the four aces recorded within a two-hour period at the same hole during the 1989 U.S. Open at Oak Hill.
Besides Snedeker, other players who have made an early move Saturday include: Rickie Fowler, 4 under on his round to move to 7 under; Bubba Watson, also 4 under for the day to get to 7 under; and Sergio Garcia, who is 6 under on his round after shooting even par in the first round.