By 7Pm today the field of the Deutsche Bank Championship was cut to 75 players in the race for the Fed Ex Cup. The 2nd round wound down at TPC Boston in Norton, MA with past winners Phil Mickelson, Charlie Hoffman, Vijay Singh and Web Simpson all missing the cut. Under overcast skies Kevin Chappell has the lead after 36 holes after going -7 today and -4 on Friday he sits at the top of the leaderboard at -11. Tying Chappell for the low round of -7 on the day was Jimmy Walker who sits one shot back at -10 tied with Paul Casey. Notables in the hunt are Dustin Johnson 3 back, Justin Rose, 4 back, Jordan Spieth and Sergio Garcia 5 Back. Rory Mcllroy after his first round at even shot -4 for the day to get back in the hunt.
Scores are not likely to go low this weekend with hurricane Hermine churning off the coast on Sunday and Monday generating winds of 25 to 40 MPH in the next few days. Rain is not expected to arrive until late Sunday but Monday forecast calls for showers throughout the day. Chappell has yet to win on the PGA Tour but has been in position a number of times over the last five years.
The 2015-16 season has provided a series of opportunities for the 30-year-old, and again this weekend he has another shot at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
“This year’s been great. I think it’s shown that my growth personally has paralleled my growth in golf,” Chappell said after pushing to 11-under 131 at TPC Boston, one clear of Paul Casey (66) and Jimmy Walker (64). “But the first part is more important to me. Settled into a life with his wife, Elizabeth, and son, Wyatt, Chappell describes the first five years on Tour as “average.” No more, no less. “It’s been six years and $10 million (in prize money) and I haven’t been able to do it,” he said. “But there are a lot of guys who have had great careers and haven’t been able to (win).
“If I’m going to define my career on that I’m probably setting myself up for failure.”
Dustin Johnson was in position with a perfect drive on 18 to join Chappell at -11 but his second shot sliced wildly right into the woods on the side of the green. Unable to determine his line and blistered from rulings in the past, he chose to walk back to the drop zone and ended up making double bogie on the easy 18th. Johnson played flawless with 7 birdies prior to the mistake on 18 and was surging into the lead at – 10 after 35 holes. Look for Johnson, Walker, Paul Casey and Brian Harmon to put the pressure on Chappell on Sunday but it will be the wind that will present the biggest challenge for players in round 3 and 4. Crowds were light on Friday and Saturday, expect them to pick up on Sunday with Dustin Johnson in the mix, Tickets are still available for Sunday and Monday by going to –http://www.tigerwoodsfoundation.org/events/championship/ticketsWHAT'S YOUR REACTION?