Jordan Spieth in four-way share of lead at The Northern Trust as Hideki Matsuyama misses cut
By Mathieu Wood
Last Updated: 27/08/17 5:27pm
Jordan Spieth produced a putting masterclass to move into a share of the lead at The Northern Trust following a second round five-under 65.
Spieth, who was among the afternoon starters, made seven birdies at Glen Oaks including five in a row from the 10th through to the 14th - six in all on the back nine in a five-under par 65 to join Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson and Jhonattan Vegas at six-under par.
Spieth had dropped out of the leading group with a bogey at the par three 15th but he responded emphatically with a 40-foot birdie putt at the 16th before closing with successive pars.
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Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler moved into an early share of the lead during the second round at The Northern Trust.
Johnson, Fowler and Vegas all moved into the lead during the morning's play - Vegas shot a blemish-free five-under 65, while Fowler carded a 66 and Johnson, who was one shot off the overnight lead, went round in 69.
Matt Kuchar, who was the runner-up behind Spieth at The Open last month, and Bubba Watson finished a stroke back at five-under par in New York.
Kuchar enjoyed a steady opening to his second round, he was two-over for the round and three-over for the tournament through seven holes, but birdied eight of his next 10 holes to post the best round of the day - a six-under 64.
Meanwhile Watson, who started the week in 113th on the FedEx standings and in need of a strong showing, signed for a two-under 68.
Justin Rose carded a second successive two-under 68 to lie two off the lead which is where first round overnight leader Russell Henley, who didn't manage a birdie on Friday, also finished after a two-over 72.
PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas enjoyed an up-and-down second round which saw the American mix six birdies with three bogeys and a double bogey while Rory McIlroy battled to a second round two-under 68 to lie seven shots off the lead at one-over par.
Japan's Hideki Matsuyama, who came into the tournament leading the FedEx Cup standings, suffered the an early exit after a one-under 69 left him three-over for the tournament and just outside the cut line.
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