How it Happened: English commandeers St. Jude lead

Harris English during the second round of the 2013 FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn.

Harris English during the second round of the 2013 FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn.

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Stuart Appleby and Davis Love III were among six golfers to open the FedEx St. Jude Classic with a 66. Starting the day even with Appleby and Love at 4 under are Glen Day, Harris English, Martin Flores and Nathan Green. Green was the lone golfer among them with a morning tee time.

But English took command Friday, bettering his opening round by two shots with a 64 in the morning to get to 10 under, a number that was not challenged. Shawn Stefani's 65 got him to within two, alone in second, while .

Defending champ Dustin Johnson, who had started the day a stroke back of the six co-leaders, shot 70 Friday to remain 3 under but fall seven back of the lead.

Camilo Villegas flirted with the cut line during his back nine before rallying to T-10, while Brandt Snedeker missed the cut. Fourteen-year-old amateur Guan Tianlang also missed out on the weekend.

Recap the second-round from TPC Southwind here – and scroll down for our earlier coverage:

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Update No. 31: 7:59 p.m.

Guan Tianlang birdies his last hole to end his round on somewhat of a high note, but the week is cut short as he'll miss the cut by three shots.

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Update No. 36: 7:41 p.m.

Camilo Villegas finishes with two pars for a 68 to get to T-10 at 3 under. Four birdies at Nos. 12-16 keyed his round.

Guan Tianlang double-bogeys No. 17, the long par 4, pushing him to 5 over and snuffing out his chances to play this weekend. It'll give him his third missed-cut in five Tour starts.

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Update No. 35: 7:28 p.m.

Guan Tianlang suffers a costly bogey at No. 16, pushing him to 3 over with two to play – including the 490-yard, par-4 17th.

A few other notables on the outside looking in, should the cut settle on 1 over as expected: 2 over, George McNeill, Jason Kokrak; 3 over, Brandt Snedeker, Freddie Jacobsen; 4 over, Lee Janzen, Brendan Steele; 5 over, Chris DiMarco, Paul Goydos.

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Update No. 34: 7:16 p.m.

Let's take a look at where the six first-round co-leaders stand as play winds down in the second round:

  • Harris English: Leader, 10 under after a 64.
  • Davis Love III: T-5, 4 under after a 70.
  • Glen Day: T-5, 5 under after a 70.
  • Stuart Appleby: T-10, 3 under after a 71.
  • Martin Flores: T-22, 2 under after a 72.
  • Nathan Green: T-63, 1 over after a 75.

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Update No. 33: 7:07 p.m.

Guan Tianlang extends his par streak to six – which any golfer out here would likely take, but he still needs to birdie to get inside the projected cut line. He's 2 over with three to play, including the long par-4 17th.

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Update No. 32: 6:58 p.m.

Camilo Villegas birdies again, his fourth in five holes, and is T-11 at 3 under with two to play.

Robert Karlsson double-bogeys No. 18 to slide to 2 under for the week, a disappointing finish considering he was in position to start the weekend T-5.

D.A Points, who birdied four of his first six holes to get to even par, plays his last 10 holes in 8 over, including a double bogey at No. 15, and will miss the cut after his second straight 74 at par-70 TPC Southwind.

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Update No. 31: 6:43 p.m.

Camilo Villegas has gotten hot at the right time, birdieing three of his last four to get to 2 under with three to play, well inside the projected cut line after being right on it. Villegas is 1 under for the day.

Nathan Green, who shot 66 yesterday to tie for the lead, is 4 over with his lone birdie of his day at No. 16, having scattered five bogeys around that. He's even par for the tournament heading to his last hole of the day.

Lee Janzen bogeys No. 17 to fall to 3 over, likely on his way to missing the cut.

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Update No. 30: 6:29 p.m.

Guan Tianlang has made four straight pars to start his back nine and remains 2 over – just a shot on the wrong side of the projected cut line.

Lee Janzen, after starting his round with 13 straight pars, has bogeyed two of his last three to fall to 2 over.

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Update No. 29: 6:18 p.m.

Scott Stallings birdies No. 9 to end his day, posting a 68 to get to 5 under and T-3. Stallings double-bogeyed No. 11 to cast a sour note early in his round but toured his second nine in 3 under.

Padraig Harrington pars the last to finish with a 70 that keeps him at 1 under, and seemingly safe to plan on playing the weekend. Phil Mickelson does the same at the 18th for a 67 to get to 2 under and play the weekend.

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Update No. 28: 6:06 p.m.

On the course and just safely on the projected cut line of 1 over: Robert Allenby, Scott Gardiner, J.J. Henry and Lee Janzen. One shot back and still playing are Chad Campbell, Chip Deason, Alistair Presnell, Guan Tianlang, Aaron Watkins, Trent Whitekiller and Casey Wittenberg.

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Update No. 27: 5:57 p.m.

Boo Weekley makes back-to-back birdies to get to 4 under with two holes to play – as does Robert Karlsson with four to play. Karlsson recently resigned his European Tour membership due to an increase in the minimum events required there, which is causing a stir.

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Update No. 26: 5:43 p.m.

Ian Poulter bogeys at No. 15, his second in the last four holes, to fall to 4 under and T-4 with nine others. Bob Estes bogeys to fall back to 3 under.

Back around the cut line, Padraig Harrington birdies the par-5 No. 16 to get to 1 under. Playing partner Phil Mickelson does the same to get to 2 under. They have two to play and the cut line has dropped to 1 over again to give them some breathing room.

Guan Tianlang is making a move to earn a spot in weekend play, birdieing his second straight at No. 9 to get to 2 over and parring Nos. 10 and 11.

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Update No. 25: 5:29 p.m.

Roberto Castro and Bob Estes move to 4 under with birdies at Nos. 16 and 7, respectively, getting into the T-5 mix.

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Update No. 24: 5:18 p.m.

Ian Poulter misses a fair birdie shot at the par-3 No. 14, settling for par to remain 5 under.

Stephen Ames moves to 4 under with a birdie at No. 4, his fourth in seven holes.

David Toms drops to 2 under with a double-bogey at No. 14.

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Update No. 23: 5:05 p.m.

The cut line moves back to even par as Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington card pars at No. 13 to remain on that mark.

Mickelson then leaves his approach short on the par-3 No. 14 – and chips in for birdie to get to 1 under with four to play. Harrington sticks his tee shot to about 5 feet and, still using the anchored stroke he recently adopted, just misses and settles for par to remain even.

Also among those on the course at even par: Cameron Tringale (1 under today) and Camilo Villegas (1 over today).

Guan Tianlang birdies No. 8 to get to 3 over, looking for the kind of second-round run that required five birdies to make the cut in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

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Update No. 22: 4:57 p.m.

Ian Poulter finds the water – playing his third shot out of it and onto the green – en route to bogey at No. 12 and slipping to 5 under, T-3 with Paul Haley II.

David Toms has three straight pars under his belt; he's 4 under with six to play, T-5 with four competitors who already are in the clubhouse: Glen Day, Jason Hicks, Doug LaBelle II and Davis Love III.

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Update No. 21: 4:46 p.m.

Phil Mickelson bogeys No. 12 to fall back to even par, alongside playing partner Padraig Harrington. The cut line remains 1 over. Other notables at even include John Daly and Billy Horschel, both of whom shot 69 this morning.

Guan Tianlang birdies No. 5 and follows with a par; he's 4 over.

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Update No. 20: 4:38 p.m.

Ian Poulter's third straight birdie comes at No. 10 and moves him to 6 under, and he pars No. 11 to end the streak. Poulter shot 69 yesterday and is 5 under today.

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Update No. 19: 4:19 p.m.

Let's check in on golfers playing this week in the top 25 of the Official World Golf Ranking:

  • No. 6 Brandt Snedeker: 3 over after second-round 73, likely to miss cut.
  • No. 10 Phil Mickelson: 1 under through 10.
  • No. 16 Ian Poulter: 5 under through 9.
  • No. 19 Dustin Johnson: 3 under after second-round 70.
  • No. 23 Peter Hanson: 2 under after second-round 71.

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Update No. 18: 4:11 p.m.

Ian Poulter moves to 5 under and T-3 with birdies at Nos. 8 and 9 as he makes the turn. Poulter is 4 under today. David Toms bogeys No. 9, his second in three holes, to drop to 4 under and T-5.

Phil Mickelson birdies No. 10 to move to 1 under, while Padraig Harrington gets up and down to remain even and D.A. Points does the same to remain 1 over. The cut line moves back to 1 over, meanwhile.

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Update No. 17: 4:04 p.m.

Phil Mickelson isn't the only big name flirting with the cut line – playing partners Padraig Harrington (even) and D.A. Points (1 over) also must play well on the back nine if they are to make it to the weekend.

Further down the leaderboard, Guan Tianlang's chances are taking a hit. He birdied the first, but gave it back immediately and then some with a double bogey at the second and a bogey on the fourth to slide to 5 over for the week.

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Update No. 16: 3:56 p.m.

Phil Mickelson makes the turn at even par for the week, a birdie at No. 6 his only score other than par today. Even is the projected cut, so his back nine will hold a little drama.

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Update No. 15: 3:51 p.m.

Harris English finishes par-bogey for a 64, the leader by two over Shawn Stefani. David Toms is the low man on the course, T-3 at 5 under with Paul Haley II, who shot 68 today.

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Update No. 14: 3:05 p.m.

Shawn Stefani is in the clubhouse with a second-round 5-under 65. He's 8 under overall, just two back of clubhouse leader Harris English. Also, David Toms is 3 under through five holes today and he sits in solo third at 6 under. And Phil Mickelson birdies No. 6 to get back to even and move inside the projected cut line.

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Update No. 13: 2:57 p.m.

Right now, 70 players are inside the projected cut line of even par. Among those outside of it? Phil Mickelson, who is 1 over and even on the day. He's made five straight pars to start his second round.

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Update No. 12: 2:40 p.m.

What is keeping Harris English from running away with this tournament? Well, it's not what but rather who, and that who is Shawn Stefani. Stefani is 4 under through 17 holes today, has yet to make a bogey on the day and, at 7 under, is just three shots back of English's lead.

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Update No. 11: 2:14 p.m.

A bogey on the par-4 18th gives Harris English a 6-under 64. He leads by four shots at 10 under.

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Update No. 10: 1:57 p.m.

Phil Mickelson begins his day with two pars – on holes he birdied Thursday, though (Nos. 1-2) – and he's still 1 over for the tournament.

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Update No. 9: 1:17 p.m.

Make that a seven-shot lead for Harris English, who moves to 11 under with a birdie at the par-5 16th. He's recorded back-to-back rounds in the 60s just twice since opening the Phoenix Open with rounds of 67-67 (68-69 to open Tampa Bay Championship, 69-67 to close Zurich Classic).

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Update No. 8: 1:12 p.m.

Harris English shot 66 on Thursday. He could do even better today. He just birdied the par-4 15th to move to 10 under overall and 6 under on his round. He leads by six shots. Davis Love III just wrapped up an even-par 70 and he's among those tied for second at 4 under. Dustin Johnson also shot 70 and he's 3 under for the tournament.

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Update No. 7: 12:33 p.m.

Davis Love III held a share of the first-round lead, the first time he's led a PGA Tour tournament since last year's McGladrey Classic. But he's just 1 over through 15 holes today, dropping back to 3 under overall.

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Update No. 6: 12:16 p.m.

It's been all pars for Harris English since his eagle at No. 5. He's 9 under overall, 5 under through 13 holes today, and has a four-shot lead on John Rollins and Dustin Johnson, who are both 5 under and 2 under for the day.

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Update No. 5: 11:49 a.m.

A birdie at the par-5 third hole, the same hole he eagled yesterday, moves Dustin Johnson back to 4 under overall. He's 1 under with six holes left in his second round.

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Update No. 4: 11:32 a.m.

Eric Meierdierks is 2 under through eight holes today to move into at tie for second at 4 under. The recent Q-School grad has missed the cut in 9-of-11 starts this season on Tour.

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Update No. 3: 11:12 a.m.

Harris English now leads by five shots as Glen Day has dropped another shot. English, at 9 under overall, is 5 under through eight holes today. The next best score in relation to par so far this morning is by Ryan Palmer, who is 3 under through nine holes to move to 1 under overall.

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Update No. 2: 10:55 a.m.

Harris English has remained steady with pars at No. 6 and 7. His lead has grown to four shots now, though, as Glen Day has fallen back to 5 under. English has had a steady season so far, as well. He's missed just four cuts in 16 events and is No. 72 in the FedEx Cup standings. He has three top-10s, too.

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Update No. 1: 10:22 a.m.

Harris English has gotten off to a strong start. He birdied his first three holes (Nos. 1-3) before holing out for eagle at the par-4 fifth. He's 5 under through five holes today and has moved to 9 under overall. That's good for a three-shot lead over Glen Day, a four-shot edge over Davis Love III and a five-shot advantage over a group at 4 under that includes Dustin Johnson.

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First-round coverage

5 Things: Love among leaders in Memphis

On a day when low scores were held in check, a handful of 40-somethings turned in impressive first-round performances at TPC Southwind. Davis Love III, 49, shot 4-under 66 to grab a share of the lead. He is joined by 42-year-old Stuart Appleby and 47-year-old Glen Day, as well as Nathan Green, who is nearly 40 at 38 years old, Harris English and Martin Flores.

• How it Happened: Six share first-round lead in Memphis

Phil Mickelson makes just his third appearance in the St. Jude Classic, but finishes his first day five shots behind a co-leading group of six.

Second-round tee times

Check out the tee times and pairings for the second round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tenn.

• • • 

Pre-tournament coverage

Tape delayed: Visual memories surface for Mr. 59

Not a day goes by that Al Geiberger doesn’t relive June 10, 1977, when during the second round of the Danny Thomas Memphis Classic he became the first player to break 60 in a Tour-sanctioned event. There was just one thing: He’d never seen it on video – that is, until recently.

Fantasy Tip Sheet: FedEx St. Jude Classic

While much of the golf world begins to focus on the U.S. Open at Merion next week, part of that field will use the FedEx St. Jude Classic as a warmup for the year's second major. Here are this week's predictions for Memphis.

• • •

U.S. Open early-look coverage

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