MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Brendon Todd shot a 5-under 65 Friday and grabbed a two-stroke lead by 36 holes of the FedEx St. Jude Invitational.
Todd trailed defending champion Brooks Koepka after the primary spherical by two strokes. He shortly erased that deficit and took the result in himself with a bogey-free, five-birdie spherical for a 129 whole on the World Golf Championships occasion at TPC Southwind.
Rickie Fowler closed with birdies on his last two holes for a 67 and 131 whole simply behind Todd.
Koepka had the result in himself at 10 underneath earlier than falling aside on his again 9 with a double bogey and two bogeys. He completed with a 71, his first time over par at this course in seven rounds. He was 4 strokes again, tied with Byeong Hun An (65) and Chez Reavie (67).
Jon Rahm shot a 74 and now could be four over in his first occasion as No. 1 on this planet.
Justin Thomas, who may return to No. 1 on this planet with a win, was seven strokes again after a 70. Rory McIlroy’s bid to be No. 1 once more might have to attend till the PGA championship subsequent week. He shot a 66, however is 10 strokes again.
The wind eased from Thursday, making it simpler off the tee in a spherical began early Friday morning to keep away from anticipated thunderstorms within the afternoon.
Todd received back-to-back tournaments final November for his first win on tour since profitable the Byron Nelson in 2014. Because the return to play in June, Todd missed two cuts together with his greatest end a tie for 11th on the Vacationers Championship.
On Friday, his putter labored nicely sufficient that he wanted solely 24 putts in a spherical that featured a 50-footer for birdie on the par-Three No. 14. Todd hit a 6-iron to the left aspect of the inexperienced, and he needed to roll the ball over a mound breaking left at the very least 5 toes.
Todd stayed near Koepka with birdies on Nos. 2 and seven. Todd sunk a 13-footer on the par-Three island inexperienced of No. 11 to go 9 underneath simply as Koepka turned the primary to achieve double digits underneath par.
That is when Koepka began struggling together with his putter. Koepka double-bogeyed No. 2 when he three-putted after lacking a putt for par from Three toes. His putter price him a birdie probability on the par-5 No. 3.
That put Todd atop the leaderboard at 9 underneath, and his putter helped him birdie consecutive holes together with the massive putt on No. 14. He sunk a 12-footer for a second straight birdie on No. 15 to go 11 underneath and a four-stroke lead till Fowler’s birdie-birdie end.
Fowler may’ve had a chunk of the lead if not for hitting his tee shot into the water in entrance of the island inexperienced at No. 11. He rebounded by hitting his method 175 yards on No. 17 to three toes for birdie, and he holed out from the golf green simply off the entrance of the inexperienced on No. 18.