Brendan Todd took the lead at -11 thanks to effective putting in the second round of the PGA Tour event with a $ 10.5 million prize fund in Memphis.
After the opening stage, Todd and Rickie Fowler of T2 with a score of -6. This position is two strokes behind the top table of defending champion Brooks Koepka. But on July 31, Todd turned the disadvantage into a two-stroke advantage by scoring five birdies in a 65-bogey non-bogey scoreboard at TPC Southwind, par70.
Saving another five strokes with good putting, Todd took the lead after the second round
Meanwhile, despite a double-bogey at hole 11, par3, Fowler made up for it with five birdies to stand-alone second, two inches behind Todd. And Koepka, due to hitting one stroke more than the par, dropped two steps to T3 (-7) with An Byeong Hun and Chez Reavie. Immediately thereafter at a club stroke were Sung Kang’s T6 and Matthew Fitzpatrick.
Todd is 35 years old, 1.9 meters tall, and weighs 81 kg. He reached 280 yards, ranked eighth from the bottom of the average tee time chart at PGA Tour 2019-2020. Over two laps on the TPC Southwind pitch, that figure was 282 yards, near the bottom of the 78 contestant’s professional specifications.
In the PGA Tour 2019-2020 season, Todd won two consecutive titles in November. From the June 11 rematch, he twice failed to qualify and reached T11 in the Travelers Championship – the peak of personal achievements after the holiday break.
In terms of professional competence, Todd and Koepka are opposite polar opposites. Koepka is a long-range specialist with an average of 307 yards.
But compared to other stars, Koepka is fine. From the T36 group at even par, the world number one Jon Rahm fell 26 steps, to the T62 group because of the 74-sticks scoreboard. In contrast, the number two OWGR Rory McIlroy jumped 34 steps to T33 at -1.
McIlroy lost the top of OWGR after Rahm won Memorial on July 19. Rory can regain that position if he wins FedEx St. Jude Invitational. But with 10 strokes at the top of the table, maybe Rory should wait for the PGA Championship next week. Justin Thomas can make it to the top of the world if he wins this week, but that’s far away he only reaches -4 after 36 holes while the top is -11.