Brandt Snedeker moved into a share of the halfway lead at The Wyndham Championship, North Carolina with second round 65 to tie overnight leader Arjun Atwal at 12-under par.
Tipster pick Snedeker carded an eagle and three birdies to adopt a familiar position in this event. Snedeker won this event in 2007 and had shared the first round lead last year. Snedeker’s only previous PGA Tour success came in this event, although that win came at the nearby Forest Oaks Country Club.
“I feel comfortable here. Though the golf courses are different, they’re the same kind of grass and greens, stuff I grew up on, very similar,” Snedeker said. “And I don’t know what it is about this time of year. I seem to be playing my best golf come this time of year. I don’t know if it’s I’m playing into form, or see the finish line at the end of the year.”
However, it could have been a lot better for Snedeker, the number one ranked putter on the PGA Tour as he missed FOUR putts from inside eight feet.
Stats are on Snedeker’s and Atwal’s side going into the weekend’s play, however, as since the tournament moved back to the Sedgefield Country Clun in 2008, both winners since have held or tied the lead at the halfway mark – Carl Petterson in 2008 and Ryan Moore last year.
Snedeker and Atwal hold a one shot lead over Kevin Streelman, Lucas Glover and John Rollins, with Webb Simpson a further shot behind.
Justin Leonard fired a best-of-the-day round of 63 to move into a share of seventh place on 9-under par, alongside Boo Weekley and Tim Herron.
Snedeker’s fellow tipster picks, Richard S Johnson and Michael Sim are perched further down the leaderboard, but still close enough to challenge. Swedish player Johnson carded a secound round 66 to move into a tie for 20th on 7-under par, while Sim recorded a 68 to finish on 6-under par.
With the cut line falling at 3-under par, 78 players made the halfway cut. Among those going home this week are Canadian Mike Weir, who finished 2-under par despite struggling with tendonitis and Brett Quigley who also finished 2-under par. Both players now miss the Play-off series that starts next week.
Perhaps the biggest omission of the weekend will be that of Anthony Kim, who missed the cut with a 2-over total. It’s the second cut in succession Kim has missed and now casts a doubt over his Ryder Cup selection hopes.
“I know I put the captain in a tough spot here … but hopefully, with enough practice, I’ll start getting my game into shape … and make it an easy decision,” Kim said.