WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational R2

Brooks Koepka loses ground as Brendon Todd takes control

July 30 – August 02
TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tennessee
$10,500,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


WGC-FedEx-St Jude 2020 R2 - Brooks Koepka loses ground as Brendon Todd takes control
Brooks Koepka fell four shots off the lead in the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)


Brendon Todd set the early clubhouse target on day two of the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational as defending champion Brooks Koepka slipped off the pace.


Koepka carded a superb 62 to take a two-stroke lead after the opening day at TPC Southwind in Memphis but could only add a one-over-par second round of 71 to finish seven under alongside Byeong-Hun An.

Todd, who won back-to-back starts on the PGA Tour in November last year, carded five birdies in a bogey-free 65 to reach 11 under par after tee times were brought forward in anticipation of bad weather later in the day.



The world number 51 told PGA Tour Live: “I just grinded really hard. I had to make some clutch par saves early on in both rounds and I was able to make them.

“I’m seeing the lines really good on the greens. I committed to a warm-up plan this week on the practice green and it’s starting to pay off, so I’m putting really well so far.


“The wind was down just a little bit today. There were a couple of pins I think that were more difficult on one, 14 and 16, so there were some birdie opportunities, but you still have to place the ball in the right area and make some putts.”

Koepka, who has recorded just one top-10 finish since the end of August last

year and has been struggling with a knee injury, started on the back nine and picked up his first birdie of the day from nine feet on the 11th before lipping out for another birdie from similar distance on the next.



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Ahead of his bid to become the first player to win three straight US PGA titles since it became a strokeplay event in 1958, Koepka picked up another shot on the 18th but then ran up a double bogey on the second, coming up short of the green from a fairway bunker and then three-putting from three feet.

A birdie on the sixth was sandwiched between two bogeys and left Koepka with work to do to successfully defend his title.

“I thought I putted good on the back nine, just misread a few, and then on the front just really didn’t hit any good putts,” Koepka said.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Brendon Todd
-11
64
65
129
2
Rickie Fowler
-9
64
67
131
T3
Byeong Hun An
-7
68
65
133
T3
Brooks Koepka
-7
62
71
133
T3
Chez Reavie
-7
66
67
133
T6
Sung Kang
-6
65
69
134
T6
Matthew Fitzpatrick
-6
70
64
134
T8
Jason Day
-5
68
67
135
T8
Sungjae Im
-5
67
68
135
T8
Webb Simpson
-5
69
66
135
T8
Louis Oosthuizen
-5
68
67
135
T12
Justin Thomas
-4
66
70
136
T12
Kevin Na
-4
72
64
136
T12
Scottie Scheffler
-4
69
67
136
T15
Jason Kokrak
-3
69
68
137
T15
Dustin Johnson
-3
69
68
137
T15
Shane Lowry
-3
68
69
137
T15
Phil Mickelson
-3
67
70
137
T15
Kevin Streelman
-3
71
66
137
T15
Jordan Spieth
-3
68
69
137
T21
Graeme McDowell
-2
68
70
138
T21
J.T. Poston
-2
70
68
138
T21
Kevin Kisner
-2
70
68
138
T21
Henrik Stenson
-2
69
69
138
T21
Keegan Bradley
-2
68
70
138
T21
Daniel Berger
-2
71
67
138
T21
Matt Kuchar
-2
66
72
138
T21
Xander Schauffele
-2
68
70
138
T21
Sergio Garcia
-2
67
71
138
T21
Bubba Watson
-2
68
70
138
T21
Tony Finau
-2
70
68
138
T21
Ryan Palmer
-2
69
69
138
T33
Joel Dahmen
-1
72
67
139
T33
Max Homa
-1
66
73
139
T33
Danny Willett
-1
69
70
139
T33
Hideki Matsuyama
-1
68
71
139
T33
Cameron Champ
-1
71
68
139
T33
Mackenzie Hughes
-1
68
71
139
T33
Nick Taylor
-1
69
70
139
T33
Tommy Fleetwood
-1
72
67
139
T33
Rory McIlroy
-1
73
66
139
T33
Marc Leishman
-1
70
69
139
T43
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
E
71
69
140
T43
Patrick Reed
E
71
69
140
T43
Billy Horschel
E
70
70
140
T43
Corey Conners
E
72
68
140
T43
Bryson DeChambeau
E
67
73
140
T43
Gary Woodland
E
71
69
140
T49
Tyrrell Hatton
1
72
69
141
T49
Collin Morikawa
1
70
71
141
T49
Haotong Li
1
68
73
141
T49
Erik van Rooyen
1
71
70
141
T53
Ian Poulter
2
73
69
142
T53
Viktor Hovland
2
67
75
142
T53
Andrew Landry
2
70
72
142
T53
Abraham Ancer
2
67
75
142
T57
Matt Wallace
3
72
71
143
T57
Matthew Wolff
3
69
74
143
T57
Matt Jones
3
71
72
143
T57
Sebastian Soderberg
3
72
71
143
T57
Tom Lewis
3
73
70
143
T62
Cameron Smith
4
72
72
144
T62
Brandt Snedeker
4
73
71
144
T62
Victor Perez
4
73
71
144
T62
Tyler Duncan
4
74
70
144
T62
Robert MacIntyre
4
71
73
144
T62
Adam Hadwin
4
73
71
144
T62
Michael Thompson
4
70
74
144
T62
Lucas Herbert
4
71
73
144
T62
Jon Rahm
4
70
74
144
T62
Bernd Wiesberger
4
71
73
144
72
Patrick Cantlay
5
73
72
145
T73
Jazz Janewattananond
6
75
71
146
T73
Joaquin Niemann
6
73
73
146
T73
C.T. Pan
6
72
74
146
76
Rafa Cabrera Bello
7
73
74
147
T77
Shaun Norris
9
73
76
149
T77
Paul Casey
9
71
78
149