Alex Noren has removed himself from consideration to compete in the KLM Open on Sept. 10-13.
It's been three weeks since we relayed that he's dealing with a stress fracture in his upper body. He had circled the KLM as a hopeful return site, but that has gone by the boards, at least for now. We'll keep you updated as usual.
Hudson Swafford has twirled a pair of 2-under-par 68s to Open The Barclays and sits three strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
At 100th in the FedExCup standings, his first objective this week was crystal clear. Miss the cut and his season is over, but survive and score and he can't be ruled out to win the whole thing. Well, the 27-year-old has responded with 10 birdies against six bogeys at Plainfield thus far. He's totaled 26 scoring opportunities and owned an aggregate strokes gained: putting clip of 5.300 at last check. Today's longest conversion dropped in for bogey from 16'4" at the par-5 16th hole.
Jason Day backed up his opening 68 at The Barclays with another in today's second round.
The Aussie signed for respective nines of 31 and 37 today. He went 4-for-5 in scrambling with one bogey and added a three-jack bogey from just inside 48 feet at the par-5 12th hole, but Day spread out four birdies, including a walk-off 3 at No. 18. His longest connection of the day measured just 11'5" for par at the par-3 11th. At 4-under 136, he signed his card sitting three swings in arrears of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Overnight quad-leader Bubba Watson connected from 12'3" at the par-4 18th hole at Plainfield Country Club in today's second round of The Barclays to touch 2-under-par 34-34=68 and post 7-under 133 at the midpoint, good for outright possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
The lefty found only four (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation today, but he limited the damage to two bogeys while holing four birdies. The conversion at the last was his longest, but he also poured one in from 10'3" at the par-4 15th hole. At last check, Watson led the field in distance off the tee (332.9 yards) and strokes gained: tee-to-green (8.182). However, he's missed 17 of 28 fairways, thus proving that bomb-and-gouge still works like a charm on a short track with challenging rough.
Sangmoon Bae arrived at the midpoint of The Barclays in 4-under-par 69-67=136.
Despite a quiet six months and the emotional turmoil over the decision that will ultimately send him home to fulfill his military obligation in South Korea, Bae began the Playoffs slotted 34th in points. So, he figures to be around for three starts, if not all four, especially after where he sits tonight. At the time he signed his card, Bae co-led the field with 12 birdies, seven of which falling today. The set includes a nine-yarder from the rough at the par-4 second and conventional conversions from 21'9" and 15'2" at Nos. 6 and 7, respectively. Despite four bogeys and two doubles, he's only three strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Thomas Pieters posted a 4-under-par 35-33=68 in his second round at the D+D REAL Czech Masters and is 10-under 134 at the midpoint.
That's just one swing behind leaders Matt Fitzpatrick and Pelle Edberg going into the weekend at Albatross Golf Resort. The big-hitting Belgian started fast with three birdies in his opening four holes but gave two shots back with successive bogeys at 15 and 16. He rallied again with birdies at 1, 3 and 4 before parring in. At that stage he had the clubhouse lead but afternoon starters Fitzpatrick and Edberg crept one shot in front of him. Nevertheless, Pieters is in great shape to post a first European Tour win in just his second season at this level. Today, he split 9 (of 14) fairways, hit 13 greens in regulation and was 3-for-5 in scrambling.
Pelle Edberg hung up a 5-under-par 35-32=67 in Friday's second round at the D+D REAL Czech Masters and is tied for the lead at 11-under 133.
The Swede, who has never won on the European Tour, birdied four of his final six holes to join Matt Fitzpatrick at the top of the leaderboard. With Belgian Thomas Pieters a shot back in third, it means none of the top three have won at this level. Edberg split just half of Albatross Golf Resort's 14 fairways in round two but hit 15 greens in regulation and was 2-for-3 in scrambling. He sits 94th on the Race To Dubai this season.
At 4-under-par 68-68=136 at The Barclays, Robert Streb is two strokes back of the 36-hole clubhouse tri-leaders.
Streb rolled into his second FedExCup Playoffs slotted sixth in points on the strength of nine top 10s, including his first win last fall. Since a playoff loss at Greenbrier, he's finished no worse than T18 (Open Championship) in five starts, so it makes sense that he's playing well again at Plainfield Country Club. However, the 28-year-old has hit only 23 greens in regulation. He's managed to find nine birdies to counter five bogeys. Two of today's four birdies ranged 15-17 feet.