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Matsuyama among notable MCs at The Barclays 08-26-2016
Hideki Matsuyama
Beginning off No. 10 tee, Hideki Matsuyama crashed and burned to a 4-over-par 35-40=75 in today's second round of The Barclays and at 4-over 71-75=146, missed the cut by one stroke. A total of 79 players made the cut of 3-over 145. Effective last year, there is no 54-hole/MDF cut in the Playoffs. Matsuyama was making his third straight appearance and had posted progressively better finishes of T30 in 2014 (Ridgewood CC) and T13 last season (Plainfield CC). He entered the week at No. 12 in the FedExCup standings and off consecutive top-4 finishes at the PGA Championship and last week at the Wyndham. After an up-and-down even-par 71 to kick off, he squared four bogeys and a double bogey-6 in R2 before finally connecting for back-to-back birdies on 6 and 7. The 24-year-old mustered just 11 GIR and a dismal -3.710 in SG: Putting. Other notable early exits include: 146- Si Woo Kim ... 147- Daniel Summerhays; Jimmy Walker; Danny Lee; Kevin Na ... 148- Bill Haas; David Lingmerth; Graeme McDowell ... 149- Marc Leishman ... 150- Branden Grace.
Barber slides inside top 10 after Round 2 08-26-2016
Blayne Barber
Blayne Barber authored a 2-under-par 36-33=69 during round two of The Barclays to reach 3-under 139 at halftime, five strokes off the pace set by Patrick Reed. The Auburn product split nine (of 14) fairways en route to 12 greens in regulation. His short game helped on several occasions, as well. Most notable was a 55'3" hole out from the fringe at the par-4 12th hole, to collect his first birdie of the day. Barber would add three birdies splashed from 10-to-19 feet before the round was over. The 26-year-old entered the week ranked 112th in the FedExCup and has moved to 71st on the live projected points through two days of work. This extends his streaks of cuts made to eight straight, and he certainly has the potential to make a splash of the next few weeks as he continues his debut appearance in the FedExCup Playoffs.
Laird backs up with 1-over 72 in second round 08-26-2016
Martin Laird
Beginning off No. 10 tee, overnight co-leader Martin Laird bobbed and weaved to a 1-over-par 37-35=72 in the second round of The Barclays to post 4-under 138, down four spots to T5 with play still in progress. The 33-year-old co-led with Patrick Reed after a bogey-free 66. It was his second lead/co-lead this season after any round in his 23rd start. Laird led after 18 holes at the opposite-field Barracuda, eventually finishing T7. On Day 2 at Bethpage Black, he improved to six (of 14) fairways and 1.600 putts per GIR, but dipped in all other stats. The Scot circled four birdies on just 10 greens in regulation, three from five feet or less, and a 31-foot bomb at the par-4 10th. He squared five bogeys however, all on failed scrambles, including three over his final five holes.
J. Day roller-coasters around Bethpage Black 08-26-2016
Jason Day
World No. 1 Jason Day roller-coastered his way around the Black Course at Bethpage State Park, scribbling a 1-under-par 34-36=70 by round's end, to reach the midpoint of The Barclays on 4-under 138. Opening the day in a share of seventh place, the Aussie circled birdies in five of his first seven holes to reach 8-under on the week. He also saved pars from 13'10" and 9'2" over the stretch, as it looked like it was meant to be his day. Instead, he swallowed a bogey at the eighth and a double bogey at the par-4 ninth before making the turn. Day wasn't done sliding yet, as he squared bogeys at the par-4 10th and par-3 14th as well, managing one final birdie in-between. The only weakness in his game so far is with the driver, losing 2.509 strokes off-the-tee to rank 112th in the field through two days. While Day won't be pleased with his finish today, he also is quite lucky to survive some of his errant tee shots this week, as the thick rough at Bethpage Black is not known to be kind to any visitors. The 28-year-old will need to tidy things up off the tee if he wants to add an 11th PGA TOUR title to his resume.
Reed takes control at The Barclays with 68 08-26-2016
Patrick Reed
Overnight co-leader Patrick Reed orchestrated a 3-under-par 33-35=68 in today's second round of The Barclays to reach the midpoint on 8-under 134, good for a two-shot lead over Emiliano Grillo and Rickie Fowler. The 26-year-old co-led with Martin Laird after an opening bogey-free 66. It was his second lead/co-lead this season after any round in his 25th start. The Texan was the 18-hole leader at the Hyundai TOC, eventually finishing runner-up to Jordan Spieth. He raced out of the gate on Day 2 at Bethpage Black, circling back-to-back birdies on Nos. 1 and 2 (18'10") and adding birdie-4s at 4 and 7. Reed squared the par-3 eighth (failed scramble) to turn 3-under, his first blemish of the week in 26 holes. He came home in even-par, exchanging birdies on 13 and 17 with bogeys on 16 and 18, the former a 3-putt from 31'4". Reed landed just seven (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation, recording 1.769 putts per GIR.
Chappell falters down the stretch in Round 2 08-26-2016
Kevin Chappell
Kevin Chappell flirted with the lead in round two of The Barclays, ultimately settling for a 1-over-par 34-38=72, arriving at the weekend on 3-under 139, five off the pacesetter Patrick Reed. Chappell opened in a share of third place and put his foot on the gas with a birdie at the par-5 fourth and a 20'10" eagle at the par-5 seventh. That got him to 7-under on the week which would put him in solo second if he maintained that. However, he missed a 4-footer at the par-4 ninth to start the downturn. The 30-year-old added two more circles coming in, but offset them with three bogeys and a double. The closing stretch of bogey-double-bogey to finish the round was the big hit to the scorecard. Chappell will not be happy with the results of round two, but still enters the weekend inside the top 15, just five strokes off the lead.
Rookie Grillo two back heading to weekend 08-26-2016
Emiliano Grillo
Beginning off No. 10 tee, PGA TOUR rookie Emiliano Grillo pieced together a 2-under-par 35-34=69 in today's second round of The Barclays to post 6-under 136, up one spot to T2, two back of 36-hole leader Patrick Reed. The Argentine was one (of six) rookies to qualify for this year's Playoffs. He chased an opening 67 with today's effort, which book-ended a double bogey-6 on the 10th with a bogey-5 17 holes later on the ninth. In between, he circled five birdies, including three straight on Nos. 12-14. The 23-year-old striped nine (of 14) fairways and improved slightly to 13 greens in regulation and 1.615 putts per GIR. He lost 1.144 strokes around-the-green but otherwise was in positive territory, highlighted by 1.311 SG: Putting. All five of his birdies dropped from inside of 10 feet.
Fowler flawless in Round 2 of The Barclays 08-26-2016
Rickie Fowler
Rickie Fowler coasted to a bogey-free, 2-under-par 34-35=69 during round two of The Barclays, arriving at the midpoint on 6-under 136 in a share of second place. For the second straight day, Fowler split nine fairways, but landed 12 greens today (one fewer than R1). While most of his work on day one was done through the air, he picked up 2.13 strokes putting in round two. That included a pair of par-savers from 8-to-10 feet as well as a 19'3" birdie splash at the par-4 second. On the week, his lone blemish is a missed 4'3" putt which lead to a bogey. The Ryder Cup standings are weighing heavily on Fowler this week, but he's proving to be up to the task so far. Fowler will enter the weekend in a share of second place with Emiliano Grillo.
Garrigus WDs during R2 of The Barclays 08-26-2016
Robert Garrigus
Robert Garrigus has withdrawn from this week's Barclays, he was 3-over through 11 holes today, and 9-over on the week at the time of WD, citing an elbow injury as the culprit.

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Garrigus opened his week with a birdie-free, 6-over-par 39-38=77 to fall behind right form the start. He landed just six greens in that opening navigation of Bethpage Black and his flat stick was equally unproductive, losing 2.466 strokes putting in round one. It was more of the same today as he traded four bogeys with just one birdie before calling it quits. On the week he missed four putts from 6'4" or shorter. Initially grouped with Jonas Blixt and Brett Stegmaier, Blixt was left to play the final seven holes alone as Stegmaier withdrew during round one with a left-wrist injury. Entering the week 102nd in the FedExCup standings, this puts an end to Garrigus' 2015-16 campaign.
R. Palmer strikes it well in R2 of Barclays 08-26-2016
Ryan Palmer
Ryan Palmer pushed up the leaderboard in round two of The Barclays, scribbling a 3-under-par 34-34=68 to reach 3-under 139 heading into the weekend. Palmer put his tee-to-green game on cruise control, striping 11 (of 14) fairways and landing 16 greens. That kept things stress-free on the greens, which was needed since he lost 1.43 strokes putting on the round, despite making a 52'3" eagle bomb at the par-5 fourth. He walked off the course with 3.161 strokes gained approaching-the-green, which checks out in his GIR numbers, hitting 29 on the week to rank first in the field at the moment. Palmer has not figured out these slick bentgrass greens, but he'll enter the weekend inside the top 15 on the leaderboard with two more rounds to figure out the putter.
Hadwin climbs inside top 10 with 68 in R2 08-26-2016
Adam Hadwin
Beginning off No. 10 tee, Adam Hadwin fashioned a 3-under-par 35-33=68 in the second round of The Barclays to reach 4-under 138, up 13 spots to T7 with play still in progress. The second-year man is making his second appearance following a missed cut last year at Plainfield CC. He opened with a three-birdie two-bogey 70 on nine (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, posting 1.667 putts per GIR. The 28-year-old improved to 11 fairways in R2 but digressed slightly to 11 greens and 1.727 putts per GIR. He kicked off with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 10 and 11, both from inside of 10 feet, and 11 pars later added a two-putt birdie-4 at the fourth. The Canadian got up-and-down for par '4s' on the fifth and sixth, saving from 5'6" and 28'6", respectively, before dropping a seven-footer for birdie on the par-5 seventh. He went 3-for-4 on the lap in sand saves, with the exception of the par-4 ninth, walking-off with his lone bogey of the day, missing par from 8'9".
Thru 36 holes, new putter not helping McIlroy 08-26-2016
Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy settled for a 2-under-par 33-36=69 in today's second round of The Barclays to post 2-under 140, up 16 spots to T17 with play still in progress. The 27-year-old opened his fifth appearance at The Barclays with a three-birdie three-bogey 71 and outpaced two bogeys in R2 with four birdies. He'll head to the weekend with a tinge of disappointment however, squaring his two bogeys today over his final four holes. The Ulsterman swallowed bogey-5s at 15 and 16 for a second day in a row, the former a 3-putt from 58'11". Prior to the indifferent finish, he circled birdie-4s on each of the three par 5s, adding birdie-3 at the sixth. McIlroy's longest conversion was 6'6" at the par-5 13th and is currently 110th in SG: Putting with a cumulative -3.426, while 3rd in SG: Tee-to-Green (6.817). Wielding a Scotty Cameron mallet this week, he reached the midpoint T79 in putts per GIR at 1.857.
Sean O'Hair steady in Round 2 of The Barclays 08-26-2016
Sean O'Hair
Sean O'Hair styled a 2-under-par 35-34=69 during round two of The Barclays to reach halftime on 4-under 138, currently good for T4 on the live leaderboard as the afternoon wave gets started on their rounds. O'Hair split just six (of 14) fairways but recovered to still land 13 greens. His flat stick was up-and-down throughout the round, splashing in a pair of putts from 18-to-22 feet but also three-putting to swallow bogey at the par-4 12th and missing from 6'6" at the following hole to square a second-straight bogey. The Texan has made his mark with great iron-play this week, gaining 3.8 strokes approaching-the-green through two days, currently ranked third in the field in that category.
Vegas adds on even-par 71 on Day 2 @ Barclays 08-26-2016
Tsukasa Watanabe
Jhonattan Vegas tacked on an even-par 35-36=71 in today's second round of The Barclays to reach the midpoint on 3-under 139, two in arrears to 36-hole clubhouse-leader Ryan Moore. The Venezuelan, who turned 32 seven days ago (August 19th), was 2-under on his lap on Day 2 thru 14 holes, but stalled out with two bogeys over his final four holes. Earlier, he camouflaged a bogey-5 at the ninth with birdies on Nos. 2, 4 and 14. The University of Texas alum found just half (of 14) fairways for a second straight lap and digressed slightly to 12 greens in regulation and 1.750 putts per GIR. All three of his bogeys were failed scrambles but did make two par-savers from between five and seven feet to limit any further damage.
One too many for Fitzpatrick; MC in Denmark 08-26-2016
Matthew Fitzpatrick
Matt Fitzpatrick struggled to a 3-over-par 37-37=74 in his second round at the Made in Denmark tournament and missed the cut by a shot. Don't fall off your seat in surprise. At last week's D+D REAL Czech Masters, the young Englishman got up and down for par at the 72nd hole to secure his place in the 2016 European Ryder Cup team and his performance here smacks of a player feeling flat after an emotional high. Today, he couldn't get anything going and bogeys at 6, 14 and 18 along with 15 pars saw him land at 2-over 144, a shot the wrong side of the cut line. Other notables that will join Fitzpatrick and get the weekend off include: 144- Andrew Dodt, Brett Rumford, Gary Stal ... 145- Marc Warren, Andy Sullivan ... 146- Niclas Fasth, Ross Fisher ... 147- Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke, Thomas Bjorn ... 150- Thorbjorn Olesen ... 152- David Horsey ... 153- Haydn Porteous, Eddie Pepperell.
Ryan Moore posts 5-under; clubhouse leader 08-26-2016
Ryan Moore
Ryan Moore authored a 3-under-par 32-36=68 in today's second round of The Barclays to post 5-under 137, up nine spots on the live leaderboard to T2, and good for the early 36-hole clubhouse lead. The 33-year-old is one (of 16) that have qualified for all 10 editions of the FedExCup Playoffs and he's making his 10th appearance in the kick-off event at The Barclays. He opened with a four-birdie two-bogey 69 and squared two bogeys again in R2, but overshadowed them with five birdies. The UNLV alum, who won his fifth TOUR title two starts ago at the John Deere, raced out to a blemish-free 4-under first half, circling Nos. 2 (16'5"), 4, 5 and 7. After the break, he outpaced a chip-in birdie-2 at 14 from 22'10" away with bogeys on 11 and 17, the latter a 3-putt from 87 feet. Moore is currently 4th in SG: Tee-to-Green with a cumulative 7.122 but 74th in SG: Putting (-0.801) and T84 in putts per GIR (1.875), including a 1.846 in R2.
Spieth makes a Friday move at The Barclays 08-26-2016
Jordan Spieth
Jordan Spieth caught fire with the putter en route to a 4-under-par 31-36=67 during round two of The Barclays, climbing to 4-under 138 to enter the weekend inside the top 10. Spieth swallowed a double bogey at his opening hole after finding trouble in a greenside bunker at the par-4 10th. The Texas Longhorn rebounded nicely to play blemish-free over the final 17 holes. It was anything but stress-free, though, needing to save par from 7-to-11 feet on three occasions along the way. The highlight of the round came in the form of an approach shot, though. At the par-5 fourth hole he bounced his 194-yard approach shot just short of the green and it trickled to 2'3" from the cup for a tap-in eagle. This round was very reminiscent of 2015 Spieth as his tee-to-green game didn't sparkle, but he gained 3.166 strokes putting to vault up the leaderboard.
Dane Kjeldsen stays on track for home triumph 08-26-2016
Soren Kjeldsen
Local hero Soren Kjeldsen made his move late and signed for a 4-under-par 35-32=67 in round two of the Made in Denmark tournament at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort. At 7-under 135 he's T7 at the midpoint and six shots behind three-stroke leader Bradley Dredge. The Dane, who started at the 10th, looked set to be in for a hugely frustrating day when signing for pars at each of his 11 opening holes. But he finally posted some red at No. 3 and then went birdie-eagle at 5 and 6 to fuel a surge up the leaderboard. For the second day running he piped 11 (of 14) fairways, hit 13 greens in regulation and took 28 putts. His reputation for being neat and tidy around the greens was shown with 5-for-5 scrambling. Kjeldsen was runner-up in this event last year and will be pushing hard this weekend to go one better and delight home fans and, indeed, fantasy managers as he was a hugely popular pick.
Bogey-free 66 for Lovemark in R2 at Barclays 08-26-2016
Jamie Lovemark
Beginning off No. 10 tee, Jamie Lovemark smoothed a week-tying-low bogey-free 5-under-par 34-32=66 in the second round of The Barclays to reach 2-under 140, up 69 places on the live leaderboard to T17. Playing his fourth season on TOUR, the 28-year-old broke the ice and entered his FedExCup Playoffs debut ranked 43rd in the FEC standings. He kicked off with a two-birdie five-bogey 74, but rebounded in R2 for five birdies and 2.954 in SG: Putting. The USC product split nine (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation, posting 1.615 putts per GIR. Four conversions dropped from between three and 11 feet, adding a 28-footer for birdie-2 at the 17th.
Herman makes a move in R2 of The Barclays 08-26-2016
Jim Herman
Jim Herman penciled a 3-under-par 33-35=68 during round two of The Barclays and will enter the weekend on 3-under 139, currently T9 on the live leaderboard. Herman landed just 11 greens but swallowed just one bogey on the day. That blemish came at his opening hole when he missed the green at the par-4 10th and couldn't splash in the 19'6" par-saving attempt. Through two days, Herman is not excelling in one particular area of his game, but using a balanced attack to keep Bethpage Black in check. Entering the week at 41st in FedExCup race, the 38-year-old is playing care-free as he attempts to play his way to East Lake for the first time in his career. Herman made his debut in the FedExCup Playoffs last year and made it to the second leg before getting eliminated.
Pieters slips four back in Denmark after 71 08-26-2016
Thomas Pieters
Thomas Pieters had to settle for an even-par 36-35=71 in Friday's second round at the Made in Denmark tournament at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort and is tied for third place with 36 holes to play. After impressing playing partner and Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke with an opening 62 that matched the course record and gave him a piece of the first-round lead, Pieters just couldn't get it going today. He set the tone for a frustrating day with bogeys at 1 and 3 although a trio of birdies at 6, 7 and 8 suggested he might take flight again. It never happened. The Belgian swallowed a bogey-5 at 9 and signed for nine straight pars coming home to finish on 9-under 133 at the midpoint, four behind leader Bradley Dredge. Pieters was wild from tee-to-green today, splitting just 3 (of 14) fairways and hitting only 8 greens in regulation. At least he got to show off his short-game skills to Clarke by getting up and down 8 times out of 10. He'll hope today was the sticky round and that he can charge to a third European Tour win over the weekend.
J.B. Holmes stumbles in R2 of The Barclays 08-26-2016
J.B. Holmes
J.B. Holmes settled for a 1-over-par 38-34=72 during round two of The Barclays, maintaining a position inside the top 15 on the live leaderboard at 3-under 139. Holmes struggled off the tee today, finding just six fairways which led to a decline in GIR, as well. After landing 15 greens on day one, he found three fewer today. The ball-striking bled into his performance on the greens, as he missed a pair of putts from 5'1" and shorter. Holmes did a good job to still manage four birdies, but overall this was a letdown round. Despite the setback, the 34-year-old will enter the weekend inside the top 15 with the Ryder Cup standings surely on his mind.
Week-tying-low 66 for Kokrak at The Barclays 08-26-2016
Jason Kokrak
Jason Kokrak spun a 5-under-par 32-34=66 in today's second round of The Barclays to reach halftime on 2-under 140, up 71 places to T15 with play still in progress. Making his fourth consecutive appearance, the 31-year-old labored to a two-birdie five-bogey 74 in the opener, but went eight shots better on Day 2. At the time he signed his card, he's at 5.026 SG: Total as opposed to a -1.874 in R1. The Xavier alum landed only five (of 14) fairways but hit 14 greens in regulation, posting 1.643 putts per GIR. His lone blemish was bogey-5 at the 10th (failed scramble), and kept it that way with a par-saver from the fringe (41'4") at the par-4 18th. The Charlotte, North Carolina, resident circled six birdies, including all three par 5s, after not birdieing any of them in R1. He holed-out for birdie-4 at the seventh from 25'7" away in the rough, and also dropped a 20-footer at the par-5 13th.
Daylight for Dredge in Denmark with Friday 66 08-26-2016
Bradley Dredge
Bradley Dredge tacked on a 5-under-par 31-35=66 to his opening 63 to post 13-under 129 after two rounds of the Made in Denmark tournament, good enough for a three-stroke lead. A shot off the pace at start of play, the Welshman roared to the turn with a rush of birdies, those circles coming at 2, 5, 6, 8 and 9. He couldn't maintain that pace on the back nine with a single birdie at 14 wiping out a bogey at 13 but the hard work was done by then. His afternoon lap at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort put him three in front of Joakim Lagergren and four clear of Richard Sterne and Thomas Pieters. Dredge was one of the obvious course horses coming into this week having finished second and sixth in two previous visits to the course. Now he'll be hoping to turn his 36-hole lead into a long overdue first European Tour win since the 2006 Omega European Masters in Switzerland.
Barnes cleans up around the greens in Round 2 08-26-2016
Ricky Barnes
Ricky Barnes put on a short-game clinic en route to a 4-under-par 33-34=67 during his second round of The Barclays, reaching 3-under 139 at the midpoint. Barnes was less-than-stellar getting to the green today, losing 2.184 strokes approaching-the-green, resulting in just 10 greens hit. From there he went 6-for-8 scrambling, thanks to some tremendous short-game work. He rolled in five putts from outside six feet, including a pair from outside 20 feet. Barnes also holed out an 18'5" birdie from off the green at the par-4 16th hole. Overall, the 35-year-old walked off the course gaining 2.476 strokes around-the-green and 3.748 strokes putting. With a runner-up finish at the 2009 U.S. Open held at Bethpage Black, Barnes certainly has some good memories to draw on this week.
Varner III makes a move in R2 of The Barclays 08-26-2016
Harold Varner
Harold Varner III blitzed the Black Course at Bethpage State Park with a 4-under-par 33-34=67 during round two of The Barclays, reaching 3-under 139 and climbing 41 spots on the live leaderboard. The PGA TOUR rookie entered the week ranked 82nd in the FedExCup, but is looking to pad his FEC point totals during the first leg of the Playoffs. He did a wonderful job of that helping that cause today, missing just two (of 14) fairways and landing 16 greens in regulation. The only problem was the flat stick (as it often is with HV3). The ECU product lost 1.079 strokes putting on the round and 3.019 on the week, ranking 107th in the field as he walked off the course. On the flip side, the highlight of the round came at the par-4 fifth hole where he holed out from 35 yards, for eagle. Varner III is making his debut in the Playoffs this week, but is off to a great start through day two.
Sterne takes early lead in Made in Denmark 08-26-2016
Richard Sterne
Richard Sterne plotted his way round Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort to post a second round 4-under-par 33-34=67 which gave him a halfway total of 9-under 133, enough to lead the morning starters at lunch on day two of the Made in Denmark tournament. The South African holds a one shot advantage over fellow finisher Tom Lewis, but when he signed his card Bradley Dredge was ahead of him on the course at 10-under. Sterne started his round on fire, making birdie at 1 and 4 before adding an eagle-3 at the short par-5 6th. He squared 7 and 10 but back-to-back circled holes at the 15th and 16th took him clear. He is seeking a sixth top 15 result of the season and although it is his event debut he was T3 in the Challenge Tour's Danish Open back in 2002. Should he lead at the end of the day it will be only the third time he has done so on the European Tour - and both previous occasions came in one fortnight in 2013, when T2 in the Dubai Desert Classic and winner of the Joburg Open.
Lewis grafting after his brush with history 08-26-2016
Tom Lewis
Tom Lewis had a fight on his hands in carding level-par 35-37=72 during round two of the Made in Denmark tournament at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort, enough for 8-under 134, one behind cluhouse leader Richard Sterne. If Thursday afternoon had seen the Englishman threaten to post 59, Friday morning was a constant battle not to throw away the fast start (which had eventually resulted in a 62). Whilst he might have taken 10 shots more in round two, his effort should not be overlooked: this was the sort of scrap in which cards are won. Initially he posted birdies at 3 and 6 to take sole leadership of the event, only for three bogeys at 7, 11 and 13 to drag him back to the pack. Red at 15 sent him clear again, but as the wind began to gust it prompted bogey at the last. This will be the fourth European Tour cut he has made on the bounce, the first time he has achieved such a run since early 2015.
Oliver Wilson finds a good round in Denmark 08-26-2016
Oliver Wilson
Oliver Wilson smashed a flawless 6-under-par 33-32=65 to end the second round of the Made in Denmark on 7-under 135 and in rarefied air. The Englishman, once a Ryder Cup performer, has endured a nightmare season. His last three strokeplay results (T58-T57-T75) don't sound impressive but in relative terms they are because prior to that he was 3-for-16 for the campaign, with a best of T45 in the Nordea Masters. Perhaps a return to Scandinavia has done the trick because this was only his third sub-70 round of the year. He made his first move by ticking a hat-trick of birdies at 4, 5 and 6 before adding three spaced out par breakers on the back nine. When he took lunch at the Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort he was two shots behind the on-course leader Tom Lewis, tied with three players in the clubhouse on 7-under.
Aiken makes Friday move at Made in Denmark 08-26-2016
Thomas Aiken
Thomas Aiken fashioned a quality lap of Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort, scoring 4-under 34-33=67 to peg a halfway total of 7-under 135, good enough for a share of the very early clubhouse lead in the second round of the Made in Denmark tournament. The South African is making just his fifth start on the European Tour this season, and only his second in Europe itself, but thanks to T4 in the BMW PGA Championship he's on track to reach the DP World Tour Championship finale in Dubai, at 63rd on the rankings. This week could see him take another step nearer that goal. He opened with a bogey on No. 2 before three birdies in four holes from the third changed his fortunes. There were another three par breakers on the back nine, alongside one bogey on 17. The final red number came courtesy of a chip in on 18 using his utility club from the fringe. He's hit 24 of 28 fairways and 29 of 36 greens in regulation.