(Reuters) – Hideki Matsuyama had one of the best putting days of his career to take the halfway lead with a course-record nine-under 63 in the second round at the BMW Championship in suburban Chicago on Friday.
The putter, so often the weak link in the Japanese player’s game, did not let Matsuyama down as he cranked out nine birdies at Medinah, five times holing out from outside 15 feet.
Day - Total - Stroke - Americans - Tony
He capped off his day by sinking a 25-footer at the 17th and then a 30-footer at the last for a 12-under 132 total, one stroke better than Americans Tony Finau (66) and Patrick Cantlay (67) in the penultimate event of the PGA Tour season.
Tiger Woods languished equal 48th in the 69-man field, 10 strokes off the pace after a second straight 71.
Matsuyama - World - Years - Change - Form
Matsuyama, ranked as high as second in the world two years ago, was delighted for a change with his form on the greens.
“I made a lot of long putts today and that was the difference,” he told PGATour.com.
Yesterday - Round - Halfway - Greens - Today
“It started yesterday during my round. Halfway through I was able to see what I was doing (wrong) on the greens and I fixed it and it carried over to today.
“Honestly I thought I pushed that putt (at the 18th) but somehow it found the bottom of the cup.”
Matsuyama - FedEx - Cup - Standings - Finish
Matsuyama is 33rd in the FedEx Cup standings and needs a strong finish...
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