Morikawa eager to savour taste of success after debut Open triumph
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Ian Poulter remains well in the hunt at the turn of the weekend in the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational after his second round four-under-par 66 moved him to ten-under for the tournament.
The Englishman followed up his opening round six-under-par 64 with another impressive outing at TPC Southwind, to leave himself in a tie for fourth, three behind leader Harris English.
As a result, English maintained his overnight lead from day one as he carded a five-under-par 65 to leave him 13-under for the tournament, giving him the outright lead heading into the weekend.
Cameron Smith wrote his name into golfing history with the putter as he tied the PGA Tour record for least number of putts in a single round, as he averaged one putt a hole with just 18 in his second round.
Smith’s fine form with the putter saw him climb towards the right end of the World Golf Championship leaderboard, as a magnificent eight-under-par 62 saw him move to 11-under for the tournament, two shots behind leader English in a tie for second with Abraham Anncer.
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A number of the star-studded field also made their move on day two, no more so than world number seven Bryson DeChambeau, who looked more than recovered from his recent positive Covid-19 case as he moved his way up the leaderboard on day two.
Fresh from a three-week break (after testing positive for the virus) the 27-year-old followed his opening round five-under-par 65 with a four-under 66 to move him into a tie for seventh on nine-under, four strokes off the lead.
One man who joins DeChambeau at nine-under-par is Louis Oosthuizen, as the South African looks to have put his final day disappointment at the Open Championship following his start in Memphis.
The South African shot a superb, bogeyless six-under 64 in round two adding to his opening round three-under-par 67 to leave him alongside DeChambeau in seventh.
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There were also improvements for four-time major winner Rory McIlroy on day two, as the Northern Irishman aimed to move himself from away the wrong end of the leaderboard following a frustrating opening two-over 72 on day one.
After showing glimpses that he was back to his best at last week’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, McIlroy’s day two efforts mirrored those from Japan, after he shot a solid four-under-par 66 to move him to two-under for the event heading into the weekend.
McIlroy and co. will resume their World Golf Championship hunt in Memphis tomorrow, as round three begins tomorrow afternoon at TPC Southwind.
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