Emergency 9: Dell Technologies Championship, Round 2
September 01, 2018
By Mike Glasscott, PGATOUR.COM
Justin Thomas finds the pin from 28 feet at Dell Technologies
Here are nine tidbits from the second round of the Dell Technologies Championship gamers can use Sunday, this weekend or down the road in 2020. TPC Boston in Norton, Mass., plays 7,342 yards to Par-71.
PAIN OR GAIN
These were the top-10 selected golfers (plus one) in the PGA TOUR Fantasy One & Done presented by SERVPRO:
RANK PLAYER POSITION % OWNERSHIP 1 Adam Scott T56 12.20 2 Justin Thomas T56 7.63 3 Jordan Spieth T7 7.08 4 Brooks Koepka
T21 6.51 5 Patrick Reed
T34 5.52 6 Rory McIlroy
T21 5.41 7 Patrick Cantlay
8 Jason Day MC 3.44 9 Dustin Johnson
T16 3.31 10 Tiger Woods
T21 3.05 11 Bryson DeChambeau T21 3.00
The wind that created indecision and uncertainty in Round 1 was replaced by cooler temperatures and a slight breeze. Scores dropped like the speed of the wind over the two days and Round 2 wasn't a day for par. The cut landed on 144 (+2) and 77 players will play the final two rounds.
EAGLE LANDS SIMPSON ON TOP
Webb Simpson holed a putt from 71 feet for eagle on his final hole to post a bogey-free 63 to take the lead at 11-under-par 131 by a shot. His 63 matched Tyrrell Hatton for the best of Round 2 and he'll look to join Rory McIlroy as the only two-time winner. It's just the half-way point, I get it, but Simpson's recent form suggests he's not going anywhere.
PEOPLE’S CHOICE (AGAIN)
With big finishes at the PGA Championship and THE NORTHERN TRUST, 2003 champion at TPC Boston Adam Scott has gathered plenty of interest this week. He's the top selection in both TOUR Fantasy games but he's not firing on all cylinders. His 71 in Round 2 was his fourth running at par-or-worse dating back to his MC last year. He checks in at ninth in proximity but he only made 49 feet of putts and ranks 85th in Strokes-Gained: Putting. He's 11 shots behind but alive to correct the broomstick over the holiday weekend.
THE ENGLISH ARE HERE HERE
Going out in the morning wave, first-round leader Justin Rose added 67 to his opening 65 to match Hatton on 10-under-par 132, one shot behind Simpson. He's only squared one bogey thru his first 36 holes and he can thank his tidy short-game antics (8 for 8) for keeping his card mostly clean. His scrambling numbers lead the event.
Tyrrell Hatton's caddy bought a putter off the shelf last week before the final round at Ridgewood. It worked. Hatton signed for 64, the same number he posted with his old putter at the PGA Championship. He went one better in Round 2 this week as his 63 was bogey-free and is the best of his career on TOUR.
There hasn't been much clicking for Jordan Spieth recently but he might have found something with 67 in Round 2. He'll begin his charge from T7 with confidence after he squashed a bogey-bogey start and played his final 16 holes six under par. He leads in Strokes-Gained: Around-the-Green and is fourth Strokes-Gained: Tee-to-Green.
In his 16th event this season Tiger Woods might have just found a swing with the driver that he can replicate. After splitting 10-of-14 fairways in Round 1, he added two more in Round 2 and is third for the week in fairways hit. He's also gained three strokes on the greens as he sits T21 and six shots back. He's only two-under on the Par-5 holes so if he picks those numbers up I'd expect an exciting rest of the holiday weekend.
BUBBLE BOYS: BURST
The top 70 will advance to the next round of the FedExCup Playoffs next week at the BMW Championship at Aronimink Golf Club outside Philadelphia. Here's how the guys under the gun are performing:
RANK PLAYER POSITION PROJECTED RANK 75 Charley Hoffman
T68 75 74 Matt Kuchar T34 74 73 Bronson Burgoon
72 C.T. Pan
T16 58 71 Tyrell Hatton
T2 15 70 Kevin Streelman MC 78 69 Louis Oosthuizen T21 62 68 Jimmy Walker
T68 76 67 Nick Watney T64 73 66 Jason Kokrak T56 70 65 Stewart Cink
Jason Day entered the FedExCup Playoffs in the top 10 of the rankings and had plenty of success at TPC Boston. His 76-73 will give him an extra couple of days to rest up before a trip to Aronimink. He was six-over before making his first birdie on the week so instantly gamers are worried that something could be amiss. Well, everything was as he checked in No. 91 (of 97) in Strokes-Gained: Tee-to-Green and 84th in Strokes-Gained: Approach-the-Green. He leads the TOUR in Strokes-Gained: Putting but this week he checked in No. 74.
Round 1 played over-par at 71.144 and Round 2 checked at 69.833, more than a shot-and-a-half easier.
Abraham Ancer and Justin Rose were the only two players to sign clean cards in Round 1 but in Round 2 seven players joined them including Jon Rahm. The bad news for his investors is he checks in at only T33 after two rounds.
Scott Piercy was DQ after signing an incorrect scorecard. Investors please note that he was +3 and unlike to make the cut.
Lee Westwood is the 54-hole leader on the European Tour.