Jason Day Surges to First-Place Tie with Ryan Palmer at Deutsche Bank
Ryan Palmer was 8 strokes worse on Saturday than he had been on Friday at the Deustche Bank Championship at the TPC Boston.
Remarkably, that kept him tied for first place in the second of the FedExCup Playoffs.
Palmer and Australian Jason Day lead the field with matching 8-under 134s after two rounds. While Palmer followed up his 8-under 63 with an even-par 71 on Saturday, Day fired a 1-under 68 to compliment his 5-under 66 in the opening round.
The two have a 1-stroke lead over Americans Matt Kuchar and Billy Horschel. The top 70 players in the field made the cut, which was set at 3-over. The biggest surprises on the wrong side of that cut were Angel Cabrera and Brandt Snedeker.
Twenty-one players are within five strokes of the co-leaders, including No. 1 Rory McIlroy, who shot a 69 and is 3-under, tied for 17th.
Barclays winner Hunter Mahan, the current FedExCup points leader, is ont eh wrong side of par, 2-over after a 71 on Saturday.
The low round of the day was fired by Australia’s Danny Lee. who fired five straight birdies between No. 3 and No. 7 to finish with a 6-under 65, jumping from 77th to a tie for 17th.
Kuchar and Horschel each shot a 5-under 66, as did American Russell Henley and US Open champion Martin Kaymer.
Kaymer climbed into a tie for 10th at 5-under with, among others, Jordan Spieth.
Kaymer appears to finally be rounding back into form after vanishing off the face of the earth following his Major win at Pinehurst 2-1/2 months ago.
Since winning the US Open, he’s finished 70th at The Open, 56th at Bridgestone and missed the cut at the PGA Championship and The Barclays.