Scottie Scheffler’s lead melts away

A clean round Friday in Atlanta allowed American Scottie Scheffler to retain first place in the PGA Tour Championship, which will crown the FedEx Cup champion Sunday at the end of the tournament.

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Scheffler (66), who started the event at -10 – two shots better than his runner-up – had four birdies while registering par on his card for the other 14 pennants. It thus shows a return of 131 (-19).

Xander Schauffele (63), champion of the 2017 edition of the tournament, however, has not said his last word. If he was five strokes behind after 18 holes, he is only two lengths after 36, thanks in particular to an eagle in the 18th. Were it not for the FedEx Cup standings advantage, he would be ahead of Scheffler by two strokes.

Title holder Patrick Cantley (66) is fourth at 136 (-12), one shot behind Spaniard Jon Rahm (63).

It was the American Max Homa (62) who performed the best operation of the day, climbing 18 positions to end the day in eighth place. He also struck out two strokes on the 18th hole.

The only Canadian in the running, Corey Conners (66) slowed down a slide that started the day before. Last by two strokes after the first round, he this time managed five birdies while still committing a bogey to climb four places, to 26th place. At 140, he is still far from the lead.


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