Coca Cola Tour Championship & FedEx Cup Playoffs. September 21 2012
2nd Round Leader Jim Furyk/Stan Badz/PGA Tour
Jim Furyk’s second-round -6 under par, 64 on Friday was the second-lowest round he has ever shot in 54 career rounds of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and his lowest at East Lake. Jim's previous lowest round in this event came in 2001 when he shot a third-round 62 at Champions Golf Course in Houston. One of his rare mistakes today, failing to get up-and-down from a nearly impossible short-sided lie. Instead of than taking on the hole Jim played it safe and found the opposite side of the green, on the par 4 sixteenth. After his safely played third shot, the 16-time PGA TOUR winner heard a member of the gallery yell.
“I could hit that shot!”
Jim just smiled, two-putted for his bogey and walked back to his bag. He grabbed his golf ball and marker and wrote the fan a message before throwing him a souvenir. The message was.
Jim said after his round that it had been fun;
" To be able to write three on your card nine times in the first 11 holes was a lot of fun. I struggled to kind of keep that momentum going the last six holes, but I feel like I played a real solid round of golf."
Just one shot behind Jim is England's Justin Rose, who was tied with Tiger Woods for the first round lead. Justin had a steady -2 under par round of 68, to give him second spot on his own. Justin was not too pleased with his effort;"It wasn’t pretty golf by any means," Rose said. "It was the kind of day that I hit a lot of decent tee shots. I felt like I’m hitting the driver quite long right now, so I’m obviously swinging at it pretty well, but just missing the fairway by one or two yards. I’m not worried about that. " I’ve been hitting the ball really, really well all year. I’m sure I’ll click into a nice rhythm on the weekend and be back to normal hitting on the fairways."
Bubba Watson and Bo Van Pelt are another shot further back at -5 under par for the tournament. Surprise of the day was that Tiger Woods stumbled to a second round of +3 over par 73 and is now at -1 under par for the tournament and a lot of work to be accomplished tomorrow to get himself back into contention.
Rory McIlroy managed a second score of -2 under par and at -3 for the Championship is three shots adrift, and still in touch with the leaders. Luke Donald and Phil Mickelson are at even par overall and will need something magical tomorrow if they intend to seriously challenge for this trophy, and the $10 million bonus of the FedEx Cup.
Rory had a shaky start to his round;
"After that, I was just very solid. I made like seven pars in a row, and then I bogeyed 14, eagled 15, and parred my way in. So it was pretty solid golf after that, but a bit of a shaky start. It was good, actually could have been a couple of shots better, but I feel like I’m in a good position for the weekend. I’ll be trying to hit a few more fairways, trying to find the greens and give myself as many opportunities as possible. If I do that, I won’t be too far off. I think first and foremost, I just have to try to think of my standing in this golf tournament, not really think about anything else. If it comes down to it on Sunday where I need to really know what I have to do for the last few holes, then of course if I have a decision to make between protecting my lead in the FedExCup or trying to win the golf tournament, I think I know what I’m going to choose. But we just have to play until we reach that point, and at the minute, I’m just concentrating on trying to play as well as I can."