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September 1 2012

5:54 PM

Moore, Noh stay in contention

Watch: Moore eagles the 18th

In the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, Ryan Moore hits his 232-yard second shot on the par-5 18th hole to 5 feet then sinks his putt for eagle.


By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM

NORTON, Mass. – Ryan Moore and Seung-Yul Noh played together for the first 36 holes of the Deutsche Bank Championship. It was a successful group for both players.

Moore posted a 3-under 68 in Saturday’s second round that leaves him at 10 under, just two shots off the lead currently held by Rory McIlroy. Noh followed his sizzling 62 in Friday’s first round with an even-par 71 on Saturday, keeping him at 9 under.

The players came into this week next to each other in the FedExCup points standings – Moore at 53, Noh at 54. Both will safely move on to next week’s BMW Championship when the FedExCup Playoffs field is reduced to the top 70.

“It’s always nice playing with somebody that’s playing really well,” Moore said. “It makes the cup seem that much bigger when you’ve got somebody else in the group pouring in putts. That was the case yesterday.

“I think we both didn’t play quite as well as we did yesterday, but he’s a great player and I’ve enjoyed playing with him.”

After posting nine birdies without a bogey in the first round, Noh was not as spectacular on Saturday, although he did hole out from 67 feet for eagle at the short par-4 fourth hole.

But he gave those strokes away with a double bogey at the par-3 eighth when he found the bunker left of the green with his tee shot, then blasted out across the green to the rough on the other side. He also had one birdie and one bogey on his round.

Noh said his tee shots were “not too bad” but that his iron play was not good. He also said that when the wind changed direction mid-round, he had a difficult time making adjustments. “Not much chance for a birdie today,” he said.

Given that 62 on Friday, though, the 21-year-old Korean is in great shape heading into the final two rounds.

“Yesterday like perfect round,” he said. “That’s golf. One day is perfect, one day is bad, one day is good. I think not too bad today.”

Moore felt the same way.

He opened with a bogey but reeled off three straight birdies starting with the 12th hole. After a bogey at 15, he bounced back with a birdie at the 16th, then eagled with par-5 18th when his second shot landed five feet from the pin.

Moore said his putter cooled off on his final nine holes Saturday – the difference between his 68 and the opening 64 he shot on Friday.

“I hit good putts and just burned the edges,” he said. “That’s how it goes sometimes. I’m happy with how I’m putting and how I’m rolling it. Just going to go work on the alignment a little bit and get it squared away.”

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