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WGC-Workday Championship – Day 2

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The Leaders

Brooks Koepka marched into a one-shot lead on day 2 of the WGC-Workday Championship at The Concession Golf Club in Florida.

He scored a round of 66 as he maintains his good form. The World Number 12 ended an 18-month drought with a win at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Thus, he appears to be peaking at the best time with the Masters on the horizon. Koepka now leads on day 2 of the WGC-Workday Championship.

Three players are hot on the heels of Koepka. Australian, Cameron Smith is an up-and-coming name in the world of golf. The 27-year-old put his name on the map with an impressive performance at the 2020 Masters last November. Additionally, his two rounds of 68 and 66 show excellent consistency.

The dark horse of the early phase at the WGC-Workday Championship must be – Billy Horschel. He has not managed a win on tour since 2017 – yet he is currently one shot off the pace. Keep a close eye on his progress as he is sure to be hungry to end that 3-year spell without a win.

Finally, the third and final name in a tie of second is one of golf’s brightest emerging stars.

Collin Morikawa delivered the lowest score of the tournament – a birdie laden round of 64. He has rocketed up the Official World Golf Rankings in recent years with two titles won in 2020. The trajectory of his career until now has been phenomenal. For a bit of background, he ended 2018 in a ranking position of 2,006. That number dropped to an incredible 65 by the end of 2019, breaking into the top ten last year. The win at the PGA Championship proved that he has the mettle to compete with the best in the game.

 

The Chasing Pack

There are a couple of Major winners scattered in and around the top 10 going into moving day. Tony Finau, Patrick Reed, Louis Oosthuizen and Rory McIlroy will all want to have their say before the trophy presentation on Sunday afternoon. Although Reed and Finau are both within touching distance of the leaders – Finau is likely to have bigger support. Patrick Reed stirred up controversy a couple of weeks back. On his way to a 5-stroke victory at the Farmers Insurance Open, he received a favourable ruling. This decision enabled him to take a drop and gain an advantage over his rivals.

Rory McIlroy experienced a near-identical scenario after Reed had received his ruling. The Northern Irishman did not call on an official. Consequently, he did not receive the same treatment which created an uproar with golfing fans worldwide. Thus, despite Reed’s nickname as ‘Captain America’ following his exploits on the Ryder Cup – he cements himself as the golf’s bad boy.

 

Moving Day

In brief, Koepka holds all the trump cards going into Round 3. However, golf is an interesting sport, and nobody really cares about the leaderboard at the end of Day 2. Moving day is often considered to be the most important round of the tournament. Many of the top players will be looking to match Morikawa’s impressive round yesterday to catapult themselves up the leaderboard in the hope of applying the pressure ahead of tomorrow’s final round.

 

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