home Simpson halfway co-leader at Greensboro
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[August 19, 2017]
By Andrew Both
GREENSBORO, North Carolina (Reuters) -
Webb Simpson recovered from two consecutive bogeys to join fellow
American Ryan Armour in the lead on 13-under par after the second
round at the Wyndham Championship on Friday.
Simpson, the 2011 champion, carded 64, while Armour went even lower
with a nine-birdie, nine-under-par 61 in ideal if sweltering
conditions at Sedgefield Country Club.
They led by one stroke from Swede Henrik Stenson, who eschewed a
driver for the second straight day while carding 66.
Simpson, who was born a one-hour drive east of the course in Raleigh
and now lives 90 minutes west in Charlotte, enjoys playing in his
“Having a lot of people out here rooting for me is a great thing but
I've got to remember at the end of the day to take care of my
business and make a lot of birdies,” said Simpson, the 2012 U.S.
“It’s hard to back up a good day like yesterday (63) with a 64, but
I actually think I played a little better today.”
Co-leader Armour, a 41-year-old journeyman, needs to finish no worse
than second this week in the final regular-season event of the
season to keep his PGA Tour card for next year.
The best round of his career, thanks to four consecutive late
birdies, was a step in the right direction, his sizzling form the
result of an equipment change, he said, with new shafts helping him
achieve a higher ball flight.
“The ball is getting up in the air a little better
and it allows me to keep the rhythm that I want,” said Armour. “I
want to be a shot-maker out there and not always have to hit the
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Webb Simpson hits out of the rough on the ninth hole during the
second round of the Wyndham Championship golf tournament at
Sedgefield Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY
Stenson, beating the worst of the oppressive heat with his morning
start, picked up five birdies on the short 7,127-yard, par-70 Donald
“I was fighting the swing a little bit out there but I still
produced quite a lot of good iron shots and gave myself a good
number of chances,” said world number nine Stenson, the
highest-ranked player in the field.
“I still managed to produce some good stuff and when I didn’t, which
was mainly off the tee, a couple of loose shots, I managed to
scramble and keep it tidy anyway,” added the 2016 British Open
“I didn’t make as many putts as yesterday but I still played a
First-round leader Matt Every made a miserable start, dropping three
shots in his first two holes en route to a 72 that left the American
six shots off the pace.
The cut fell at three-under 137.
(Reporting by Andrew Both; editing by Ken Ferris)
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