We are halfway through the WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational, and it’s to look at who moved the most during the second round.
Oh Na Na, what’s my name… Kevin Na, that is. When you take a look at those who improved their standing the most during the second round of the WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational, Kevin Na is who you need to start the conversation with.
Na came into the day ten shots back after an opening-round +2. Friday’s round was the complete opposite, as Na shot the best round of the day with a 64. It was a clean round as well, with six birdies in all, five of which came on the back nine for a nice side of 30. He bounced all the way up to a T-12th place, rising 46 spots. Impressive when there are only 78 players.
Na wasn’t the only one to shoot 64 though, and Matthew Fitzpatrick took advantage Friday to rise 30 spots up the leaderboard. He finds himself in a T-6th at -6. He is five shots back, but only one shot back of the group T-3rd.
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After an incredibly disappointing first round, the next man up is actually Rory McIlroy. Rory shot one of the best rounds of the day with a -4 66. This was could enough to get him back below par for the tournament, rising 34 spots to a T-33rd at -1.
You’ve seen the risers. Here are those that fell down the WGC FedEx St. Jude leaderboard.
On the other side, some of the youngsters really struggled in round two. Viktor Hovland tied for the third-worst round of the day, shooting +5. He fell 44 spots down the board and is now at +2 for the tournament. Matthew Wolff struggled as well, shooting +4, falling 30 spots, and is a shot behind Hovland at +3.
Last week’s winner, Michael Thompson, had a tough day two also. A double-bogey offset his two birdies, and the four bogeys he carded would get him to +4 for the tournament, dropping 26 spots on the leaderboard.
Beefy Bryson was actually one of the biggest fallers of the day. He shot 73 and fell 34 spots down the leaderboard. After an opening-round 67, he is now even for the tournament.
The worst round of the day belongs to Paul Casey. The only reason he didn’t fall any further? There wasn’t anywhere else for him to go. A +8 78 was easily the worst round of the day, and he fell 31 spots and is now tied for last place.
That’ll do it for the movers and shakers from round two at the WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational. Remember, there is no cut this week. Keep an eye out tomorrow to see if any of the players on the bottom half of the leaderboard make a leap, taking advantage of a chance that otherwise wouldn’t be available.