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Choi makes FedExCup move at TPC Boston 08-31-2013
K.J. Choi
K.J. Choi spun a 4-under-par 34-33=67 in the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship and reaches the half-way point inside the top 10 at 8-under 134. Choi didn't do anything all that dramatic in his round, picking up five birdies and giving back just one bogey, but two more rounds like this are exactly what he needs at this point in the FedExCup Playoffs. He entered the week 74th in the standings and projected outside the field for the BMW Championship, but a top 10 will certainly lock up his spot in the third leg of the Playoffs.
N. Thompson fighting for FedEx advancement 08-31-2013
Nicholas Thompson
Nicholas Thompson posted a 3-under-par 32-36=68 in the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship and easily makes the cut at 8-under 134. Thompson began his week 73rd in the FedExCup standings, so priority one this week was making the cut and giving himself a chance to advance to the BMW Championship. He's done a little better than that, as he now finds himself in contention for at least a top 10. Things were looking even better until he dumped his approach on the par-5 18th into the muck and eventually settled for a bogey.
Mickelson struggles in TPC Boston 2nd round 08-31-2013
Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson stumbled to an even-par 34-37=71 in the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship and goes from leading to trailing by five. Lefty looked to be keeping pace with a couple of early birdies, but two bogeys and an eagle between the 10th and 16th holes served as a punch to the gut. He closed out his day with back-to-back birdies, fighting his way back to 8-under 134. We'll see if he has more luck as a chaser than the lead dog as the tournament draws closer to identifying a champion.
Dufner 3 off Deutsche Bank Championship pace 08-31-2013
Jason Dufner
Jason Dufner navigated TPC Boston to the tune of a 5-under-par 35-31=66 and reaches the half-way point of the Deutsche Bank Championship at 10-under 132. Dufner began his day on the 10th hole and quietly traded a birdie and a bogey over his opening nine holes. Almost an afterthought, he caught fire on the front, circling six birdies to just one bogey. The last birdie fell from 18'6" on the ninth to make dinner taste a bit better. He finds himself three back of Sergio Garcia with 36 holes to sort it out.
Spieth has more eagles than bogeys at the DBC 08-31-2013
Jordan Spieth
Jordan Spieth signed for a 5-under-par 33-33=66 in the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship and trails Sergio Garcia by four at 9-under 133. The rookie netted an eagle and four birdies to just one bogey on his afternoon at TPC Boston. The eagle came from 6'5" on the par-5 seventh after an approach from 270 yards. It was the second eagle he landed for the week, which is one more than his total number of blemishes. He's closing in on locking up a spot in the TOUR Championship and reaping all of the rewards that go with it.
English putting his way into contention @ DBC 08-31-2013
Harris English
Harris English completed his second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship in 4-under-par 32-35=67 and enters the third round at 9-under 133. English began his day at TPC Boston on the 10th hole, eventually adding up six birdies to just two bogeys. Four of his birdies were from outside of nine feet, including a 22'11" effort on the par-5 second and a 27'4" bomb on the par-4 12th. As that suggests, the putter has been his friend this week. He's amasses a 1.556 putting average and picked up over a stroke on the field in each of his two rounds.
Stenson one back at TPC Boston; bogey-free 63 08-31-2013
Henrik Stenson
Henrik Stenson torched TPC Boston for a bogey-free 8-under-par 31-32=63 in the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship and trails Sergio Garcia by a stroke at 12-under 130 with 36 holes to play. The Swede circled eight birdies on his afternoon stroll, converting on each of the three par-5 opportunities. Consistent with his reputation, only one of those red numbers came from outside of 10 feet. That was a 22'5" conversion on the par-4 fifth. He landed 16 GIR for the second consecutive round, and his 32 for the week leads the tournament. While his T43 at The Barclays last week broke a string of three consecutive top-three finishes, it appears there are no lingering consequences to his mediocre tournament at Liberty National.
Piercy making FedExCup move at Deutsche Bank 08-31-2013
Scott Piercy
Scott Piercy spun a 5-under-par 34-32=66 in the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship and completes 36 holes at 8-under 134. Piercy had quite the colorful day on the scorecard at TPC Boston, circling eight birdies and squaring three bogeys to just seven pars. Entering the week 49th in the FedExCup standings, he is secure to make the BMW Championship in the third leg of the Playoffs but has work to do to crack the top 30 to earn an eventual berth at the TOUR Championship. He's well on his way to making up some of that ground this week.
Cantlay emerges w/ Hotel Fitness 54-hole lead 08-31-2013
Patrick Cantlay
Patrick Cantlay broke out of the pack with an 8-under-par 34-30=64 in the third round of the Hotel Fitness Championship and leads by three at 19-under 197 with 18 to play. Cantlay eagled the par-5 second and followed with a birdie on the par-4 third, but suffered a double-bogey six on the sixth hole. That would be it for the blemishes, and he closed out his first nine at Sycamore Hills with a birdie at nine. He would use the back nine as a way to distance himself, circling four birdies and a second eagle of the round. His 1.488 putting average ranks second for the week. Should he hold on and win tomorrow he would lock up a 2013-14 PGA TOUR card.
Gay posts another 67 in DBC second round 08-31-2013
Brian Gay
Brian Gay signed for a 4-under-par 32-35=67 in the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship and sits at 8-under 134 for the tournament. Gay began his day with four birdies on his first five holes, but played his final 13 holes in even par with two bogeys and a pair of birdies. Perhaps the biggest surprise was his ball-striking outpacing his putting. He lost ground to the field with the flat stick, but split 12 (of 14) fairways and landed 13 GIR.
Steele ends Deutsche Bank 2nd round w/ eagle 08-31-2013
Brendan Steele
Brendan Steele put an exclamation point on his second-round 4-under-par 34-33=67 with an eagle on the 18th hole and enters the final 36 holes at 8-under 134. Steele was plugging along under the radar when he stepped on the 18th tee, but he split the fairway and hit the green in two before draining a 30'9" eagle to end his round. Despite signing for the same score, his rounds featured completely different strengths. In the first round, he split 11 of 14 fairways and landed 15 GIR, but gained just .447 strokes with the putter. On Saturday, he found just nine fairways and 11 GIR, but picked up over three strokes with the flat stick.
Poulter circles three birdies in 2nd round 68 08-31-2013
Ian Poulter
Ian Poulter posted a boring 3-under-par 35-33=68 in the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship and reaches the 36-hole mark at 8-under 134. Poulter began his day on the 10th hole, and it was all pars on his first nine. He picked up his first birdie of the round on the par-4 first from 6'7", and that would prove to be his longest of three birdies. The ball-striking has been on point this week, landing 14 GIR for the second consecutive round, but his putter has not kept up and has him narrowly gaining strokes on the field through 36 holes.
Kuchar in the mix @ TPC Boston and FedEx race 08-31-2013
Matt Kuchar
Matt Kuchar posted a 5-under-par 33-33=66 in the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship to reach the mid-point at 10-under 132. Kuchar is cruising along at TPC Boston, signing for a 66 for the second consecutive round. Six birdies were only offset by a lone bogey on Saturday morning, landing 14 GIR and picking up more than a stroke on the field with the flat stick. Entering the week fourth in the FedExCup standings, it's clear that he tends to be around with a chance to win the $10 million first prize at East Lake and his ability to pick up another win in the next few weeks is certainly within the realm of possibility.
Rose blitzes TPC Boston for second-round 63 08-31-2013
Justin Rose
Justin Rose demolished TPC Boston in the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship for a bogey-free 8-under-par 31-32=63 and trails Sergio Garcia by four at 9-under 133. Rose racked up eight birdies, four on each nine, in a round that was nearly perfect. The irons were on fire, landing 16 GIR. The biggest question he has to continually answer is his putter. After giving back .949 strokes to the field in the opening round, he heated up to gain well over a stroke in round two. After sharing second at Liberty National last week, it's apparent that the U.S. Open champ is focused on making a big FedExCup Playoff run.
Bogey-free 65 for K. Bradley at TPC Boston 08-31-2013
Keegan Bradley
Keegan Bradley submitted a bogey-free 6-under-par 32-33=65 in the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, joining a large group in the clubhouse at 8-under 134. Bradley had some fun in his second lap around TPC Boston, circling six birdies and managing to avoid any ugly numbers. Perhaps a surprise, the long hitter only managed to birdie one of the three par 5s, leaving some birdies on the course. At the time of his posting, he did not rank inside the top 15 in any major statistical category, so it has been an overall effort for him this week.
Stricker in contention at the Deutsche Bank 08-31-2013
Steve Stricker
Steve Stricker turned in a 3-under-par 34-34=68 in the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship to reach the 36-hole mark at 8-under 134. Stricker picked up five birdies on his lap around TPC Boston, but handed back a pair of bogeys in the process. Fortunately for him, lunch will taste a little better as he found the par-5 18th in two and managed a two-putt birdie to end his round. In all, he has 11 birdies and three bogeys in two rounds.
Gary Christian sidelined until at least April 08-31-2013
Gary Christian
In an update at Golfweek.com published on Aug. 28, Gary Christian said that he's likely out of action until April due to the injury he suffered in Canada a month ago.

Christian stumbled while out for a walk the week of the RBC Canadian Open. He'd wind up having surgery on Aug. 14 to repair a torn ACL. Since he started 2013 on conditional status, he's expected to receive a Non-exempt Medical Extension for 2013-14. That level of status might otherwise help him sneak into one or two events on the West Coast Swing, but his leg won't be healed by then. So, he's eyeing the Valero Texas Open (current date TBD but probably in April) since it's one the first, if not the first, 156-man field of the 2014 portion of the schedule. "Recovery is going to be slow," he said. "It's a little difficult to gather my thoughts and work out what it will take to have a chance to reach the top level again."
J. Day posts second consecutive 67 at the DBC 08-31-2013
Jason Day
Jason Day went blemish-free in his second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, posting a 4-under-par 33-34=67 and reaching the half-way point at 8-under 134. Day opened his week at TPC Boston with a 67 on Friday, then began round two on the 10th hole. After four pars, he circled birdies on the 14th and 18th holes, then tacked on two more at the second and third holes. His only blemish of the week was a double bogey at the par-4 ninth in the opening round.
Castro one back through 36 holes @ TPC Boston 08-31-2013
Roberto Castro
Roberto Castro signed for a 6-under-par 29-36=65 in the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship and trails Sergio Garcia by a stroke at 12-under 130. Castro was threatening to throw up a 59 when he opened with five birdies and an eagle, without a blemish, on his outward nine at TPC Boston. The eagle fell from 36'5" on the par-5 second. Things got a little sideways on him coming to the clubhouse, suffering a bogey on the par-4 13th and a double bogey on the par-4 14th before rebounding to circle birdies at the par-3 16th and the par-5 18th. He played the three par 5s in 4-under for his round.
Spencer Levin commits to the Chiquita Classic 08-31-2013
Spencer Levin
Spencer Levin is listed in the published field of next week's Chiquita Classic.

Given he didn't play in a PGA TOUR event in 2013, it's reasonable to expect that he'll be given a full allotment of starts on a Major Medical Extension for 2013-14. So, any appearances he makes in the Web.com Tour Finals qualify more as rehab starts than as vehicles toward an objective to secure one of the top 25 cards up for grabs. Whatever the case, it's good to see him schedule his return one week after an early withdrawal at the Hotel Fitness Championship which trailed a WD at the Cox Classic due to an illness.
Bogey-free second round for de Jonge at DBC 08-31-2013
Brendon De Jonge
Brendon de Jonge fired a bogey-free 6-under-par 33-32=65 in the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship and easily makes the cut at 8-under 134. de Jonge entered the week 38th in the FedExCup standings and is well on his way to moving inside the top 30 with performances like this. Three of his six birdies fell from longer than 19 feet, so the flat stick was working in a big way at TPC Boston. He also split 12 (of 14) fairways and landed 14 GIR. With 36 holes in the books, he's only suffered one bogey and that came at the par-4 17th in the opening round.
Garcia stakes claim to the Deutsche Bank lead 08-31-2013
Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia took control of the lead in the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship with a 7-under-par 31-33=64, reaching the 36-hole mark at 13-under 129. Garcia started hot at TPC Boston, compiling five birdies on his first seven holes and seven on his first 13 before suffering a double bogey on the par-4 14th. Included in that double bogey was a 4'7" miss for bogey. He would rebound in a big way on the par-5 18th, holing an 18-foot putt for eagle and extending his clubhouse lead. Currently 55th in the FedExCup standings, he will likely move inside the top five with a win.
Hoffman spins a 65 in Deutsche Bank 2nd round 08-31-2013
Charley Hoffman
Charley Hoffman took care of business in his second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship with a 6-under-par 32-33=65. Hoffman started on fire at TPC Boston with five birdies on his first seven holes, then suffered his only bogey at the par-3 eighth hole. He bounced back to tack on birdies at 12 and 18. Three of those birdies fell from outside 18 feet, with a 25'6" effort on the par-4 12th the longest. His irons were a key to his success, landing 16 GIR. He enters the third round at 7-under 135.
Goosen plans his return after four months off 08-31-2013
Retief Goosen
Retief Goosen is listed in the preliminary field of the Italian Open.

The European Tour's lone event in Italy will be contested on Sept. 19-22. Goosen has been sidelined with a back injury since withdrawing during his opening round of THE PLAYERS. He had already secured fully exempt status via a medical extension, so it's likely that he'll begin the 2013-14 season with another.