Golf – Tour Championship ’18: Tiger Woods & Justin Rose In The Lead
World number one Justin Rose and 14-time champ Tiger Woods are tied for the lead after cycle two of the season-finishing Tour Championship.
Englishman Rose hit a three-under-par 67 and Woods illustrated a 68, as they moved to an overall seven under, two shots clear of Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy.
The 38-year-old, Justin Rose, will take the FedEx Cup title with triumph in Atlanta this week.
A high finish could be sufficient, with American Bryson DeChambeau, the present points pioneer, battling on six over.
The Tour Championship is the remainder of four FedEx Cup play-offs that decide the season-long boss on the PGA Tour, with a $10 million (£7.6m) reward on offer.
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Other than Rose and DeChambeau, Americans Tony Finau and Dustin Johnson are the first different players in the 30-man field who can anchor the title by winning the competition, paying little heed to different outcomes.
Meanwhile, the champion from a year ago, Thomas is three strokes off Rose, with Finau and Johnson on two under and one under individually.
Woods would require Rose to slip back and different contenders to waver, in order to win his 3rd FedEx Cup, yet the American previous world number one kept himself in conflict for his first triumph since 2013 with a fighting round.
Spent the day at the PGA Tour in Atlanta pretending to know about golf. Was amazing to see players like Tiger Woods, Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy put on a masterclass (or play really badly, I can’t tell the difference.) pic.twitter.com/x267bG6a0Q
— Christian Tierney (@_CTierney) September 22, 2018
The 42-year-old, who came back to focus on golf in November a year ago after a fusion surgery to repair his back, achieved the turn in level par before taking the lead, as he struck 3 birdies and 4 holes.
Tiger Woods made a double bogey at the sixteenth, in the wake of being compelled to lay up from a fairway bunker, however birdied the last to head into the end of the week level with Rose.
Rose’s advancement was likewise not as quiet as on Thursday as he made five birdies and two bogeys.
Leaderboard after two rounds of #FedExCup Finals.. TEN MILLION DOLLAR bonus on the line 1) Tiger Woods and Justin Rose -7 3) Rory McIlroy -6 4) Billy Horschel and Patrick Cantlay -5
— Bob Pompeani (@KDPomp) September 22, 2018
After a 27ft birdie putt on the fourteenth, he took after a bogey at 16 with a wayward tee shot at the following gap, however spared par and hit a birdie at the last.
McIlroy hit a two-under 68 to move into altogether third, while Rickie Fowler, who shared the lead with Tiger after cycle one, could only card a 72 to slip back to three under overall.
Britain’s Tommy Fleetwood is at two under, with comrade Paul Casey a short further back.
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