Brandt Snedeker retains lead at Wyndham Championship

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Brandt Snedeker retains lead at Wyndham Championship

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Brandt Snedeker retains lead at Wyndham Championship

Here is a recap of Friday’s second round at the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.:

LEADING: There weren’t quite the fireworks of Thursday, but a late run Friday allowed Brandt Snedeker to remain in front.

Snedeker used a late eagle-birdie to stretch to fire a 3-under 67 and sit in a two-shot lead at 14 under through 36 holes. It’s a pretty nice follow-up to an opening 59 where he played his closing nine (the front) in just 27 strokes. It was a hard-fought 67, too.

The second day was a grind from the start, as Snedeker made three bogeys against two birdies to go out in 1-over 36 (the same nine where he had shot 27 the day before). He birdied the 11th but had actually fallen out of the lead until rolling in a 30-foot eagle putt at the par-5 15th moved him back one ahead of D.A. Points.

He then proceeded to drain a birdie putt of nearly 35 feet at the par-3 16th to move his lead to two. Snedeker would finish with a pair of pars.

The 37-year-old won this event in 2007 for his first PGA Tour title. He’s looking for his ninth overall this week and has it in his sights with 36 holes to go.

CHASING: Points opens with consecutive 64s to find himself solo second at 12 under. C.T. Pan matches that Friday 64 to find himself solo third at 11 under.

SHOT OF THE DAY: How about this finish to a round!

SHORT SHOTS: Sergio Garcia has struggled all summer, but he’s found his form here. The 2012 winner opens 66-65 to put himself T-4 at 9 under. … Keith Mitchell begins his round with five straight birdies. He cools off, but a 4-under 66 has him right in contention at 9 under overall. … Brian Gay fires a 63 to rocket 81 spots to T-15 at 7 under. … Jim Furyk is also at 7 under. … Henrik Stenson is another in the 7-under group after a second-round 65. … Billy Horschel is 6 under and T-26. … Wagner used that closing eagle to fire a 4-under 66. He’s 4 under overall and T-41. … Hideki Matsuyama is T-52 at 3 under, making the cut on the number. … With many of those this week needing to finish the tournament in the top 125 in the FedEx Cup standings to retain their PGA Tour cards, Martin Piller seemed to drain a huge 13-footer for par at his final hole. That par allowed him to get in on the cut number at the time, 2 under. But with the move to 3 under by day’s end, he misses out by one. Piller entered the week No. 124 in FedEx Cup points. Missing the cut should mean any chances of finishing top 125 and keeping his card at the moment have very probably vanished. … T.J. Vogel, who Monday qualified this week for an astounding eighth time this season, also misses the cut by a shot. Vogel needed a finish of solo 43rd at least to qualify for the Web.com Tour Finals – where he could get a shot at his PGA Tour card. But he will fall short. … Sean O’Hair began the week 119th in FedEx Cup points. He finishes at 1 over, meaning a missed cut and waiting to see if he stays in the top 125. … Jhonattan Vegas and Seamus Power are in similar positions, as both finish 3 over to miss the cut. Vegas began the week ranked 122nd, and Power was 123rd. Vegas doesn’t have to worry about his Tour card thanks to multiple exemptions due to wins at the RBC Canadian Open (2016, ’17), but he has to be concerned about possibly missing the playoffs. Power has to worry about both.

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