Brooks Koepka takes second-round lead at WGC

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Despite closing his spherical with bogey at 18, Brooks Koepka shot a 6-under 66 on Friday to take the second-round lead at the World Golf Championships – Workday Championship at The Concession in Bradenton, Fla.

Koepka recorded seven birdies earlier than making bogey on his remaining gap to face at 11-under, 133 complete, and take a one-shot lead over Australia’s Cameron Smith, who additionally shot 66, Billy Horschel (67) and Collin Morikawa, who tied the ncourse document with 64.

“Yeah, it’s one of those things where I feel like if I’ve had good numbers this week, ball-striking it really well where I feel like I can get it close and can take advantage of those good numbers,” stated Keopka relating to some favorable yardages throughout his spherical. “Just got to play the par 5s a little better.”

Koepka made two birdies on 4 of the par-5s, taking benefit at Nos. 7 and17. He made two different birdies on the entrance – at Nos. 1 and eight — and three extra on the again, together with three in a row on 15 by way of 17.

This is the eighth career 36-hole lead or co-lead for Koepka, and he is transformed two of them into victories at the 2017 U.S. Open and 2019 PGA Championship. The World No. 12 participant is out to change into this season’s first a number of winner after capturing the 2021 Waste Management Phoenix Open on Feb.7.

He’s additionally chasing simply his second WGC title. Koepka gained the 2019 FedEx St.Jude Invitational and has six different top-10s in 17 earlier WGC appearances.

“It’s just a typical south Florida golf course,” stated Koepka relating to The Concession, which was designed by Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin and ishosting its first PGA Tour occasion after the WGC was moved from Mexico final month as a consequence of challenges associated to Covid-19.

“I mean, you play – all these golf courses that we play, you look at Bear’s Club, Medalist, Floridian, to some extent doesn’t have quite the same bermuda grass, but those little run-off areas around the green, every Florida course seems to have them, that I play. You can get out of position real quick and kind of short-side yourself and you’re not far off a good shot.”

For Morikawa, who tied a career excessive with 9 birdies en path to hisrecord-tying 64, he stated he feels “confident” enjoying The Concession structure.

“I’ve only played a handful of times in Florida,” he admitted. “Obviously thegrass out here, the way the slopes come off the greens, but I feel confident,I’m getting some good numbers and hopefully we get some good numbers the nexttwo days.

“My placing has by no means felt this good and whether or not I make or miss putts, understanding that my stroke is nice, line-wise, tempo, that is all that issues.”

Rounding out leader board’s the top five at 9-under are Tony Finau (67), who lost in a playoff last week at the Genesis Invitational, Webb Simpson (69) and Matthew Fitzpatrick (69).

Bryson DeChambeau also fired a 64 on Friday to tie course record and improved by 13 strokes over his first-round 77. He made just one bogey and nine birdies to his career-high mark for birdies in a round in a PGA Tour event.

“That’s golf, first off,” said DeChambeau. “… To be trustworthy, it is only a story of golf — you may have each ends of the stick. I did not play horrible yesterday, I simply did not get something going my method, particularly on that again 9. Had some dangerous errors and that is what occurred. I made some good putts and good strokes at present that simply luck went my method at present.

Defending champion Patrick Reed was 6-under by way of 13 holes earlier than bogeys on two of his remaining 5 holes led to a 4-under 68. He stands tied for eighth at8-under with Kevin Kisner (69).

Matthew Wolff withdrew prior to start out of the second spherical and can obtain last-place unofficial money with no FedEx Cup factors.

–Field Level Media

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