5 takeaways from second spherical of the Wyndham Championship

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Ryan Moore has suffered by a dismal season. He entered the week ranked 183th in FedEx Cup level standings, had missed three cuts in a row and isn’t even serious about his long-shot probabilities of qualifying for the FedEx Cup playoffs, which begin subsequent week.

“I’m simply not even within the body of,” he stated. “I’m to this point out of it, it doesn’t even matter at this level. I’m attempting to do no matter I can this week. I’m simply attempting to realize some confidence going into subsequent season.”

However Sedgefield Nation Membership, the place he gained the Wyndham Championship in 2009, is a contented looking floor and he’s discovered a few of that outdated magic in capturing rounds of 67-68 to share the 36-hole lead at 9-under 135 with Brandon Wu and Joohyung Kim.

“A day like at present simply might have been even or so,” Moore stated. “As a substitute, saved my momentum and ended up at 4 underneath.”

Moore, 39, attributes his struggles to an harm to the costovertebral joints, which join the ribs to the vertebral column.

“It’s nothing I want surgical procedure for, nevertheless it’s only a very difficult spot,” Moore stated. “It’s the place your rib joint like meets your backbone. I sort of have some power deterioration in there and I principally simply preserve spraining it over and again and again, which you’ll think about doesn’t really feel nice twisting and swinging a golf membership as arduous as I can.”

“There’s a plan of action, there’s issues I can do to sort of assist it, I simply haven’t,” he continued. “I want a very good six, eight weeks off to sort of cope with it and I’ll simply attempt to end out the yr and cope with it after which hopefully have a while arising right here to do it.”

Moore has a good friend filling in as a caddie this week, the identical pal who was on the bag when he completed T-2 on the 2021 John Deere Traditional, his final top-10 end.

“I’m about to make him begin caddying for me completely apparently,” Moore stated. “We preserve doing effectively collectively for no matter cause, no less than on his random fill-in weeks, so it’s good.”

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Thomas the practice is rolling

Joohyung Kim research his putt on the 18th through the second spherical of the Wyndham Championship golf event. Obligatory Credit score: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports activities

South Korea’s Joohyung Kim, who goes by Tom, a nickname he was given as a child after the cartoon Thomas the Prepare – “I had the entire factor, I had the lunchbox, I had the toys, yeah,” – carded rounds of 67-64 to move into the weekend at 9-under 131.

He’s tied for the lead regardless of opening the event with a quadruple-bogey eight, the worst begin of his profession. He grew to become the third participant within the ShotLink period (est. 2003) to make a quadruple bogey or worse on the primary gap of a spherical and go on to card an under-par rating.

“I used to be laughing,” he stated. “There was like nothing I might do. It was simply the primary gap and gosh, I simply acquired a very dangerous lie after which didn’t actually have one other good lie and didn’t actually have one other good lie, didn’t actually have one other good lie. It turned out not dangerous.”

Kim, 20, rallied with seven birdies to shoot 3-under 67.

“I simply stayed actually affected person on the market. I knew there have been birdies on the market. As soon as I acquired momentum, I saved pushing and I feel that’s how like seven birdies got here on the market,” he stated. “It was one dangerous gap and I simply instructed myself, you realize what, I can nonetheless get this, I can nonetheless shoot underneath par at present and someway I did.”

On Friday, Kim made seven extra birdies and only one bogey en path to capturing 64. When he drove into the bunker on the first gap – his 10th of the day – he thought to himself, “Nicely, right here we go, simply don’t make a quad.”

He made par. “So most improved on gap No. 1,” he cracked.

Kim has been placing out of his thoughts this week. He has made 301 ft, 1 inch of putts, marking probably the most within the first two rounds because the Wyndham Championship moved to Sedgefield Nation Membership in 2008. He’s gained 9.2 strokes on the greens, probably the most SG: Placing in consecutive rounds (in the identical occasion) this season.

“Should you would have instructed me after the primary gap yesterday the place I’d be after two days, I positively would have taken it, so fairly joyful,” Kim stated.

Henley within the hunt

Russell Henley hits from the ninth fairway through the second spherical of the Wyndham Championship golf event. Obligatory Credit score: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports activities

Russell Henley has some unfinished enterprise on the Wyndham Championship. Henley was the 54-hole chief final yr and wanted a birdie to win the title. As a substitute, he made a bogey and missed out on the six-man playoff.

Henley might have a second chew on the apple on Sunday as he shot 5-under 65 at Sedgefield Nation Membership to enhance to 8-under 132 and tied for fourth, one stroke off the lead on the halfway level. He’s the one participant bogey-free by 36 holes.

“Round right here I really feel nice about my ball-striking, however this course, lots of occasions I’ve felt snug,” Henley stated. “I’ve felt like I can hit the golf green and I can assault the pins and I do know the place to overlook it. Yeah, and likewise being Bermuda grass, I’m sort of used to that, so it’s a mix of these issues.”

Henley has had one other stable season, making 18 cuts in 20 begins. He didn’t play in any respect in between the PGA Championship, U.S. Open and British Open as his household welcomed child No. 3, daughter Jane, who’s 9 weeks outdated.

“Didn’t get to play almost as a lot as I needed and needed to miss some occasions that I usually would play,” he stated. “That is our first occasion with the 9-week-old. She’s truly an awesome child, so it’s been fairly nice, however I even have an unbelievable spouse.”

The streak is over

Brian Stuard watches his tee shot on the ninth tee field through the second spherical of the Wyndham Championship golf event. Obligatory Credit score: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports activities

Brian Stuard has been the Tour’s iron man this season. The 39-year-old journeyman is making his thirty fourth begin of the common season, three greater than every other participant. Sadly, he’s missed the lower 21 occasions, together with 11 straight getting into the Wyndham Championship. He couldn’t have picked a greater time to seek out his sport. Stuard shot rounds of 65-68 to earn his first tee time on the weekend because the Mexico Open, which ended on Might 1.

Stuard is also positioned to notch his second Tour title. He’s tied for seventh, simply two strokes off the 36-hole lead. Stuard’s spherical of 68 included a chip-in birdie at No. 7, his 16th gap of the day. Stuard entered the week at No. 137 within the FedEx Cup standings however is projected No. 124. He wants no less than a 14th-place end to have an opportunity to qualify for the playoffs.

Monday qualifier magic

Blake McShea reacts to his putt on the primary inexperienced through the second spherical of the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Nation Membership on August 05, 2022, in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photograph by Eakin Howard/Getty Pictures)

Blake McShea is profiting from his PGA Tour debut. The 24-year-old from Zebulon, North Carolina, was one in every of 4 open qualifiers this week. First, he shot 2-under par at a pre-qualifier final Thursday simply to get into the Monday qualifier. Then he shot 6-under to earn his manner into the Wyndham Championship.

He hasn’t slowed down because the event began. McShea adopted up Thursday’s 69 by capturing a bogey-free 5-under 65 on Friday. He’s T-10 at 6-under 134 heading into the weekend. The spotlight on Friday might have been McShea draining a twisting 43-foot birdie putt on the par-3 twelfth.

“Most likely going off the inexperienced if it didn’t hit the opening,” he stated.

McShea has loads of native help, together with his kindergarten trainer in his gallery.

“There’s so many individuals out right here, I haven’t even seen all of the faces, however couldn’t be extra grateful for it,” he stated.

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