WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational R2

Fitzpatrick moves into the lead in Memphis

July 25-28
TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
$10,250,000
Live leaderboard
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Matthew Fitzpatrick recorded the lowest World Golf Championships round of his career to take a two-shot lead into the weekend at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational R2 - Fitzpatrick moves into the lead in Memphis
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“I’m not on anyone’s radar every week, it’s great. Obviously, you want to get to that stage where you are on the radar and you’re doing press conferences every week but, at the same time, being where I am is not an issue. It’s a nice place to be.

“Just made my putts. It’s something I struggled to do this year. Previous years I’ve been playing great and end of last year and majority of this year I’ve struggled a little bit. I mean, it’s hard not to putt well on these greens, they’re unbelievable.

“I think the golf course probably suits me a little bit more than most. If you miss a fairway, you don’t know how it’s going to come out of the rough, so that makes it tougher. If I can just keep hitting fairways and greens, then you give yourself a lot of chances.”


The Englishman made seven birdies and a single bogey to sign for a brilliant round of 64 and get to nine under par, ahead of Spaniard and first round leader Jon Rahm, Americans Billy Horschel and Patrick Cantlay, and Australian Cameron Smith.

“It was key today to finish strong,” said Rahm. “It wasn’t the start I was looking for. A couple of really, really silly mistakes early on and then I couldn’t get a couple putts in to get the round going. It happened a little too late, but still glad that I was able to hit a couple of good shots toward the end and stay close. I’m not far from the lead. I could have really ruined the tournament today, so I’m looking forward to tomorrow.

“Yesterday was just so good in everything. Today I believe it was my iron game, it was just a little bit more tentative. I wasn’t as sure or as confident on some of the shots. Hopefully I can tighten that the rest of the week and leave myself a couple short putts.”

Fitzpatrick is a five-time European Tour winner and has now moved himself right into the mix for a first World Golf Championships title, with his best finish so far a tie for seventh at the 2015 WGC-HSBC Champions.

A victory would also extend his remarkable record of having won at least once in every season since claiming his playing privileges at the 2014 Qualifying School.


Japan’s Shugo Imahira is three shots off the lead at six under par, a shot clear of Swede Alex Noren, English pair Ian Poulter and Justin Rose, World Number One Brooks Koepka and his fellow Americans Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson.

“Obviously happy with the score,” said Rose. “Kind of got off to a slow start today bogeying two of my first three and just tumbling down the leaderboard. And I kind of felt like it would be a little bit like yesterday where the guys would go low and it hasn’t really materialised. The lead hasn’t stretched out. And obviously to get it in the clubhouse at five under is a great position to be going into the weekend.

“First time in Memphis, I’m kind of getting to know the golf course each day and really enjoying it. It’s obviously a great town, the crowds have been great as well, really enjoying the week. Just trying to build some momentum as the week goes on.”

Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson are then at four under par, alongside American pair Nate Lashley and Kevin Na and Hideki Matsuyama of Japan.

“If you have a look at my putting stats over the first few days, I’m probably pretty good,” said McIlroy. “I was in the top-10 yesterday and I holed some nice ones today. I guess it was more I just wasn’t hitting it close enough when I hit good tee shots. I’m technically good off the tee, but then as I get closer to the green, it’s been a bit of a struggle the last two days, so going to try to clean that up over the weekend.

“Position-wise, it’s very bunched. It doesn’t seem like anyone’s going super low. I’m sort of right there. Go out, play a solid round tomorrow, I should have a good chance on Sunday.”


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Matthew Fitzpatrick
-6
67
64
131
T2
Patrick Cantlay
-2
65
68
133
T2
Cameron Smith
-2
65
68
133
T2
Jon Rahm
1
62
71
133
T2
Billy Horschel
-4
67
66
133
6
Shugo Imahira
-1
65
69
134
T7
Alex Noren
-1
66
69
135
T7
Webb Simpson
-4
69
66
135
T7
Ian Poulter
-1
66
69
135
T7
Justin Rose
-2
67
68
135
T7
Brooks Koepka
-3
68
67
135
T7
Bubba Watson
E
65
70
135
T13
Kevin Na
-4
70
66
136
T13
Henrik Stenson
-3
69
67
136
T13
Rory McIlroy
-3
69
67
136
T13
Nate Lashley
E
66
70
136
T13
Hideki Matsuyama
1
65
71
136
T18
Andrew Putnam
1
66
71
137
T18
Tyrrell Hatton
1
66
71
137
T18
Justin Thomas
-1
68
69
137
T18
Thorbjørn Olesen
1
66
71
137
T22
Corey Conners
1
67
71
138
T22
Chez Reavie
E
68
70
138
T22
Marc Leishman
-1
69
69
138
T22
Tommy Fleetwood
E
68
70
138
T22
Adam Scott
-2
70
68
138
T22
Dustin Johnson
-1
69
69
138
T22
Haotong Li
-1
69
69
138
T29
Jim Furyk
-5
74
65
139
T29
Patrick Reed
-4
73
66
139
T29
Xander Schauffele
E
69
70
139
T29
Matt Wallace
-1
70
69
139
T33
Sergio Garcia
1
69
71
140
T33
Matt Kuchar
E
70
70
140
T33
Jordan Spieth
E
70
70
140
T36
Danny Willett
2
69
72
141
T36
Bryson DeChambeau
4
67
74
141
T36
Jason Day
-1
72
69
141
T36
Rafa Cabrera Bello
1
70
71
141
T36
Aaron Rai
-1
72
69
141
T36
Poom Saksansin
3
68
73
141
T36
Kodai Ichihara
E
71
70
141
T36
Adam Long
E
71
70
141
T36
Tony Finau
1
70
71
141
T36
Paul Casey
1
70
71
141
T36
Phil Mickelson
3
68
73
141
T47
Matthew Wolff
E
72
70
142
T47
Brandt Snedeker
3
69
73
142
T47
Louis Oosthuizen
-1
73
69
142
T47
C.T. Pan
E
72
70
142
T47
Justin Harding
E
72
70
142
T52
Keith Mitchell
E
73
70
143
T52
Lucas Bjerregaard
4
69
74
143
T54
Kevin Kisner
-3
77
67
144
T54
Sung Kang
5
69
75
144
T54
Eddie Pepperell
4
70
74
144
T54
Gary Woodland
1
73
71
144
58
Philip Eriksson
2
73
72
145
T59
J.B. Holmes
1
76
71
147
T59
Max Homa
3
74
73
147
T61
Keegan Bradley
8
74
78
152
T61
Mikumu Horikawa
7
75
77
152
63
Kevin Tway
7
76
77
153