American Charley Hoffman fired a 63, two off the course record at the TPC Boston, to jump out to a 3-stroke lead midway through the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second leg of the FedEx Cup.
Hoffman finished with a flourish, three straight birdies, part of a 5-under back nine that got him to 12-under for the tournament, three strokes ahead of South Africa’s Brandon de Jonge, the Day 1 leader.
de Jonge followed up his opening-round 65 with a 3-under 68 to reach 9-under. de Jonge looked very crisp early on, with consecutive birdies on 2, 3, and 4, but he bogeyed 8 and 18 as well to give two strokes back and drop into second place.
Seven other players are within five strokes of the lead, including American Rickie Fowler (-8) and Zach Johnson (-8) and Sweden’s Henrik Stenson (-7).
World No. 3 and Barclays winner Jason Day shot his second straight 68 to reach 6-under. He’s tied for 10th.
World No. 1 Rory McIlroy struggled to a 74 to drift to 2-over for the tournament. McIlroy was at even par through 12 hole, then bogeyed four of the next five to sit tied for 59th, far out of contention.
Even further out is No. 2 Jordan Spieth, who missed the cut for a second consecutive tournament, the first time that has happened in his brief professional career.
Spieth is in no danger of not making the post-tournament cut to the top 70 players, but further damages his chances of winning the overall FedEx title by recording zero points.
The cut came at 3 over on Saturday, leaving the likes of Justin Rose and Jimmy Walker, along with Spieth on the wrong side of things.