Todd pulls two clear in Memphis

01 August 2020 18:59:07 GMTPlus10

Brendon Todd will take a two-shot lead into the weekend at the WGC St Jude Invitational after posting a bogey-free score of 65 on Friday to move onto 11-under-par.

The American, who has enjoyed a resurgence on the PGA Tour this year following wins at both the Bermuda Championship and the Mayakoba Golf Classic, recorded five birdies during his second round at TPC Southwind in Memphis, including a 50-foot putt for a bonus two at the par three 14th.

Todd has developed a reputation for being one of the most consistent fairway finders on the PGA Tour, but it was his putting that really caught the eye on Friday and he is now well placed to claim his first victory in a WGC event.

"I just grinded really hard," the 35-year-old world number 51 said. "I had to make some clutch par saves early on. I'm putting really well so far."

Rickie Fowler is the nearest challenger to Todd, as a round of 67 moved home to within two shots of the leader on nine-under, with the world number 32 particularly benefiting from back-to-back gains at 17 and 18.

Defending champion Brooks Koepka had held the overnight lead after a superb opening round of 62, but he failed to fully recover from a double bogey at the par four second on Friday and he is now in a share of third place on seven-under alongside fellow American Chez Reavie and South Korea's An Byeong-hun.

England's Matthew Fitzpatrick is leading the European challenge on six-under following an impressive round of 64, while Rory McIlroy recovered from his opening day struggles by shooting a 66, although the Northern Irishman is still a full 10 shots off the lead on one-under-par.

Todd is 4001.00 to win the WGC St Jude Invitational.

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