KJ Choi posted a second round 6-under par 64 to take a two shot lead at halfway in the AT&T National at Aronimik Golf Club, Philadelphia.
After tough scoring conditions on Thursday, Aronimik was a little more forgiving on the second day but Choi made it look oh-so-simple to tie the course record. Choi kept his ball in the fairway and his approach shots would give him plenty of birdie opportunities – he took seven of them, including a four-birdie blitz, but dropped one at the 11th.
That was still good enough to lead by two from American trio Chris Riley, Bo Van Pelt and Justin Leonard, and Korean Charlie Wi. Riley, Wi and Van Pelt all posted 66s, while Leonard posted 67.
Tipster selection Jeff Overton also moved into contention at halfway with a 5-under 65 to reach 4-under par for the tournament and T6 on the leaderboard. Ryder Cup player Overton had finished in the top-10 in two of three previous stabs at the AT&T and recovered from a double-bogey to post the second lowest round of the day behind Choi’s total.
Overton was joined on 4-under by Charles Howell III, Bryce Molder and Kyle Stanley, while joint-overnight leader Adam Scott was a further shot back on 3-under after a 71. Scott shares T10 with Rickie Fowler and Joe Ogilvie.
However, Scott’s partner at the top of the leaderboard after round one, Hunter Haas, stumbled to a second round 74 and slip back to even-par.
While Overton was making strides towards contention, his fellow tipster picks were moving in the opposite directon. Ryan Moore, runner up in the event last year and also last week, could only post a level-par 70 to remain at level par, while Rickie Barnes struggled once again with the flat-stick en-route to a 3-over 73. Both players will play the weekend, and Moore will hope for a repeat of last week where he came from nowhere to contest the lead.
Two-time 2011 winner Mark Wilson was amongst several high profile players to miss the weekend. After an opening 74, Wilson could only manage 71 in his second round to miss the cut by 2 shots. Fellow 2011 winner Harrison Frazar – a recent winner of the St. Jude Classic – also missed out shot.
Perhaps the most notable name on the missed cut list is Jim Furyk, whose torrid spell of form continued with a second round 71. Furyk, the 2010 FedEx Cup winner, missed his fourth successive cut – the first time since 1995 that he’s played four successive PGA Tour events without making the weekend.