BMW Championship 2013: Day 2 Leaderboard Analysis, Highlights and More
The story of Day 2 at the 2013 BMW Championship was Jim Furyk, who shot up the leaderboard like a phoenix rising from the ashes after a miserable first round.
As noted by the PGA Tour, Furyk carded a 59 on Friday, which was only the sixth in PGA history:
Brandt Snedeker was completely overshadowed by Furyk, even though he tied him for the lead into the weekend at 11 under par.
Here's a quick look at the leaderboard through two rounds, followed by a closer look at the top players and most exciting highlights from Friday out at Conway Farms Golf Club.
Snedeker didn't match his spectacular first round on Friday, but his solid play allowed him to take the lead with Furyk heading into the weekend.
He started the second round by making birdie at No. 1, thanks to a nice wedge shot that gave him a 14-foot putt for birdie. Not surprisingly, Snedeker sunk the putt, getting his second round off to an excellent start.
Unfortunately, he had some ups and downs throughout the day, which gave Furyk a chance to tie him atop the leaderboard with his phenomenal round.
Furyk began the day at one over par on the back nine and went on an absolute tear, making birdie on his first three holes, and by the time he was through the first nine, he was eight under par. He finished his first nine with a beautiful 10-foot putt for birdie on No. 18, but he was far from finished.
As noted by ESPN's Justin Ray, Furyk was 11 under par through 13 holes:
Jim Furyk (-11 through 13 holes) now needs to play the last 5 holes in 2-under to shoot the 1st 58 in PGA TOUR history.— Justin Ray (@JRayESPNGolf) September 13, 2013
Considering how he finished, it was shocking when the veteran dropped a shot at No. 5, but he got back on track with another birdie on No. 7 and finished his round with the historic 59.
He became the only player in history to shoot 59 while also carding a bogey, as noted by Ray, who also noted his incredible stats on the afternoon:
Jim Furyk: 1st player in PGA TOUR history to have a bogey in a round and still shoot 59.— Justin Ray (@JRayESPNGolf) September 13, 2013
Furyk today: hit all 14 fairways, 17 greens, 23 putts, 12 one-putt greens. #Furyk59— Justin Ray (@JRayESPNGolf) September 13, 2013
Furyk will now have to keep his hot play going for two more days, but he's in great shape heading into the weekend.
Tiger Woods' Up-and-Down Second Round
Woods' day started with an inauspicious double-bogey on No. 1, and after he made par on the second hole he was six shots off the lead, as noted by Golfweek Magazine:
After Woods' round was over, we found out he was assessed a two-stroke penalty on No. 1, as noted by GC Tiger Tracker:
Hold everything...details are sparse but looks like TW got a 2-shot penalty on 1. 6 becomes an 8, 70 becomes 72. Yikes. #AugustaFlashback— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) September 13, 2013
In typical Tiger fashion, however, Woods bounced back with a birdie at No. 3, but he then proceeded to bounce all over the place for the next nine holes, posting three bogeys and three birdies during that stretch.
His three birdies came in one fell swoop after he had bogeyed two holes in a row, causing GC Tiger Tracker to jest about forgetting what a par looked like:
Par putt online, but catches lip and spits back out. Three birdies followed by 2 bogeys...I don't even remember what par looks like. #4under— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) September 13, 2013
Woods settled down for the final stretch, however. He made birdie on Nos. 14 and 16 to move to one over par on the day and four under par for the tournament, which put him in a tie for 13th place heading into the weekend.
Notable Players Who Tumbled Down the Leaderboard
While Furyk was shooting the round of his life and most of the field finished under par, there were a few stars who struggled badly on Friday.
Which struggling star is in the most trouble heading into the Tour Championship?
Phil Mickelson shot three over par to end the day 13 strokes off the lead, Graeme McDowell carded a 73 to move to one over par for the tournament and Dustin Johnson put together his second bad round in a row with a 75.
Rory McIlroy was even worse, though.
After shooting 77 to open the tournament, McIlroy carded a 78 on Friday to prop up the bottom of the leaderboard all by himself at 13 over par for the tournament.
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