BMW Championship 2012: Projecting the Leaders After Day 2

Pete SchauerCorrespondent ISeptember 7, 2012

CARMEL, IN - SEPTEMBER 07:  (L-R) Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Tiger Woods walk up the second hole  fairway during the second round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club on September 7, 2012 in Carmel, Indiana.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
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As the second round of the BMW Championship tees off on Friday, Rory McIlroy finds himself in a four-way tie atop the leaderboard, looking to make it two wins in a row.

After an impressive first round that saw him shoot a 64 at eight-under par, highlighted by seven birdies and an eagle, McIlroy has to be one of the favorites to win the tournament.

But he's got some stiff competition at the top, with the likes of Bo Van Pelt, Webb Simpson, Graham Delaet—all at eight-under—and Tiger Woods right behind at seven-under heading into Round 2.

Vijay Singh—who has been relatively quiet of late—made some noise in his first round on Thursday, finishing the day at seven-under with six pars and an eagle on his scorecard.

American Ryan Moore has managed to hang around at the top too, birdieing six holes in his first round to finish at six-under heading into Friday.

Other notable golfers who had successful first rounds were Ryan Palmer (-6), Rickie Fowler (-5), Luke Donald (-5), Adam Scott (-4), Louis Oosthuizen (-4) and Phil Mickelson (-3).

Let's take a gander at my projected leaderboard for the end of Round 2:

Place Player Score
T-1 Rory McIlroy -15
T-1 Bo Van Pelt -15
T-3 Ryan Moore -14
T-3 Vijay Singh -14
T-5 Seung-yul Noh -14
T-5 Graeme McDowell -14
T-5 Webb Simpson -14
T-5 Graham Delaet -14
T-9 Tiger Woods -13
T-9 Luke Donald -13

I like McIlroy to continue putting the ball in the middle of the fairway and knocking down his putts.

Bo Van Pelt is playing exceptionally well and I think he continues to go neck and neck with McIlroy through the second round.

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