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Matsuyama fires course record 63 to grab BMW Championship lead

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor August 17, 2019 14:08

Matsuyama fires course record 63 to grab BMW Championship lead

Hideki Matsuyama had one of the best putting days of his career to take the halfway lead with a course-record nine-under 63 in the second round at the BMW Championship in suburban Chicago.

The putter, so often the weak link in the Japanese player’s game, did not let Matsuyama down as he cranked out nine birdies at Medinah, five times holing out from outside 15 feet.He capped off his day by sinking a 25-footer at the 17th and then a 30-footer at the last for a 12-under 132 total, one stroke better than Americans Tony Finau (66) and Patrick Cantlay (67) in the penultimate event of the PGA Tour season.Tiger Woods languished equal 48th in the 69-man field, 10 strokes off the pace after a second straight 71. Matsuyama is 33rd in the FedEx Cup standings and needs a strong finish on Sunday to advance as part of the 30-man field for next week’s Tour Championship.It would be his fifth successive appearance in the exclusive event.

 

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor August 17, 2019 14:08

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