Dustin Johnson moved a stroke clear on the midway stage of the Tour Championship whereas defending champion Rory McIlroy misplaced floor.
FedEx Cup chief and world No. 1 Johnson carded an even-par 70 to say the outright lead at 13 underneath via 36 holes in Atlanta on Saturday.
Johnson was tied for the lead alongside world No. 2 and BMW Championship winner Jon Rahm heading into the second spherical at East Lake. However Johnson, The Northern Belief champion, stood alone atop the leaderboard within the FedEx Cup playoff finale following 4 birdies and 4 bogies on a combined day as Rahm might solely shoot a 74.
Johnson, a runner-up in two of his final three begins, went 13 holes with out hitting from the golf green, however the American star nonetheless managed to earn a slim lead, forward of South Korea’s Im Sung-jae. Im, who’s seeking to turn out to be the second-youngest winner of the FedEx Cup, birdied three of his final 4 holes for a 6-under-par 64.
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Xander Schauffele, final yr’s Tour Championship runner-up and the 2017 winner, is 2 photographs adrift after reeling off three consecutive birdies late within the spherical.
Justin Thomas (71), the 2017 FedEx Cup champion, is a stroke additional again, whereas Collin Morikawa (65), Tyrrell Hatton (66) and Rahm are 9 underneath heading into the third spherical.
After producing the equal greatest spherical of the opening day, four-time main champion McIlroy was unable to copy his exploits following a 1-over-par 71.
FedEx Cup and Tour Championship titleholder McIlroy, who just lately grew to become a father, struggled; the previous world No. 1 bogeyed three holes, together with the final.
McIlroy’s woes have been highlighted by a shot that discovered water when he tried to succeed in the 18th inexperienced from thick tough. The ball went into the underside of the lake.