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Neither wind nor rain keeps pair from the lead

Brandt Snedeker, who had the day’s best round at 7-under 64, shares the Deutsche Bank Championship lead.

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Brandt Snedeker, who had the day’s best round at 7-under 64, shares the Deutsche Bank Championship lead.

NORTON, Mass. — Jason Day and Brandt Snedeker played in far different conditions Saturday and wound up with a share of the lead halfway through the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Snedeker went from Friday's rain showers of Hurricane Earl to breezy conditions Saturday morning in his second round and had 7-under 64. The wind got stronger throughout the afternoon for Day, who did well to shoot 67 and join Snedeker atop the leaderboard at the second of four events in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs.

Day, in the 36-hole lead for the second straight week, and Snedeker were at 12-under 130.

For all the fretting over weather giving half the field a good break, it turned out to be a wash. The leaderboard's top 18 were evenly split between players who had to cope with rain and players who got the worst of the wind.

"I wasn't liking my odds in the draw when I teed off (Friday)," Snedeker said. "That being said, I think it's going to end up working out exactly the same."

Tiger Woods turned his game around at the right time.

In jeopardy of missing the cut and missing the rest of the playoffs — the top 70 in FedEx Cup points after this event advance to the next round — Woods played bogey-free for the first time in more than a year for 6-under 65, which left him in the middle of the pack.

Woods, who started in a tie for 87th, moved up to a tie for 29th and was seven shots behind. "I had to shoot a good one if I was going to move on," he said. "And I was able to do that (Saturday)."

Day and Snedeker were one shot ahead of points leader Matt Kuchar (65) and Charley Hoffman (67). Steve Stricker made it through another round without a bogey and was at 9-under 133. Phil Mickelson started hitting fairways and making putts and was in the group at 134.

Fifteen players were eliminated from the playoffs by missing the 1-under cut.

Scott Verplank is in danger of falling out of the top 70 after withdrawing from the second round with a wrist injury.

Oops: Also eliminated from the FedEx Cup playoffs was Chad Campbell — because he forgot to register for the tournament. Players have three responsibilities that have nothing to do with their play: enter a tournament, register for the event before their first tee shot and sign their scorecard. "Just can't believe you would make a mistake like that," said Campbell, who was No. 83 in the points standings and who opened the Deutsche Bank Championship with 72. "Just kind of slipped my mind." Last year he was on a plane halfway across the Pacific Ocean for the Sony Open in Honolulu when he realized he hadn't registered for that tournament.

Champions: Ted Schulz shot 8-under 64 to take the second-round lead at 12-under 132 at the First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, Calif. He had a three-shot lead over first-round leader Mark Calcavecchia (71) and Tom Kite (68).

Fast facts

Deutsche Bank Championship

Who/what: Top 100 players in FedEx Cup points in second of four tournaments in PGA Tour FedEx playoffs. Top 70 after this week advance to Round 3.

When/where: Through Monday; TPC Boston, Norton, Mass.

Today on TV: 3 p.m., Ch. 8

Neither wind nor rain keeps pair from the lead 09/04/10 [Last modified: Saturday, September 4, 2010 10:22pm]
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