WGC-Workday Championship: Brooks Koepka holds one-shot lead after day two

Brooks Koepka bettered his opening-round 67 by one to move into the lead at Concession
-11 B Koepka (US); -10 B Horschel (US), C Morikawa (US), C Smith (Aus); -9 M Fitzpatrick (Eng), W Simpson (US), T Finau (US); -8 P Reed (US), K Kisner (US)
Selected others: -7 L Oosthuizen (SA); -5 R McIlroy (NI); -3 B DeChambeau (US), S Garcia (Spa); -2 A Rai (Eng); -1 T Hatton (Eng), L Westwood (Eng); Level J Rose (Eng); +2 R MacIntyre (Sco); D Johnson (US); +3 L Canter (Eng), T Fleetwood (Eng)

American four-time major winner Brooks Koepka holds a one-shot advantage after the second round at the WGC-Workday Championship at Concession, Florida.

Koepka, 30, carded a six-under-par 66 despite bogeying the 18th to stand 11 under for the tournament.

Compatriots Billy Horschel and Collin Morikawa, and Australian Cameron Smith, are tied second going into the weekend.

Rory McIlroy, bidding to complete a full set of World Golf Championship titles, is six shots off the pace.

First-round leaders Matthew Fitzpatrick of England and American Webb Simpson both managed 69s on Friday and are joined by Tony Finau at nine under.

Patrick Reed, the winner of the WGC-Mexico Championship in 2020, shot a second successive round of 68 to sit tied eighth, one shot further back, where he is joined by fellow American Kevin Kisner.

Northern Ireland’s McIlroy, 31, had a mixed second day, his round of 70 including a double bogey on the seventh, three bogeys and seven birdies to sit at five under.

Elsewhere, US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau responded to finishing five over on Thursday by carding a 64 – the day’s joint-best alongside Morikawa.

World number one Dustin Johnson, who ended the opening day alongside DeChambeu, improved to two over.

England’s Aaron Rai is two under, with compatriots Tyrrell Hatton and Lee Westwood both at one under. Justin Rose is level par, Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre is two over, while Laurie Canter and Tommy Fleetwood are a further shot back.

The year’s first World Golf Championship event in Bradenton has replaced the WGC-Mexico Championship, which was cancelled because of Covid-19 concerns.

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Golf: Koepka withdraws from Northern Trust, ends season

FILE PHOTO: Aug 14, 2020; Greensboro, North Carolina, USA; Brooks Koepka hits his tee shot on the sixteenth hole during the second round of the Wyndham Championship golf tournament at Sedgefield Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

August 19, 2020

(Reuters) – World number seven Brooks Koepka’s 2019-20 season came to a close on Wednesday as he withdrew from this week’s FedExCup playoff opener in Norton, Massachusetts, the PGA Tour said on Wednesday.

Koepka, who has been battling hip and knee issues, was 97th on the season-long FedExCup points list and would have needed a good finish at this week’s Northern Trust to finish inside the top 70 and advance to next week’s BMW Championship.

The former world number one, who has two top-25 finishes in 13 starts this season, missed the cut at last week’s Wyndham Championship where he said he was having difficulty getting over to his left side.

“This is physical,” said Koepka. “I know how to do it, I can do it, I just physically can’t do it.”

Four-times major champion could still play in the Sept. 17-19 U.S. Open, which is part of the 2020-21 PGA Tour schedule after having been postponed from its original June date due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Koepka finished runner-up at last year’s U.S. Open where he was bidding for a three-peat.

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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