Saturday, 6 September 2008

Jim Fukyr, I mean Furyk, charges on his back nine to get in touching distance of the Colombian Spiderman.

From this position, Camilo couldn't see Jim Furyk sneaking up on him until it was too late...

Jim Furyk raced into second place in the second round of the BMW Championship with an astonishing last nine holes. Playing the front nine first, Furyk, who bears a striking resemblance to that eagle character from the muppets ( or Sesame St, can't remember which) got into red figures on the 17th with a birdie, an earlier bogey being cancelled out straight away on the next. When he got to the second hole, his tenth, he got going. An eagle there on the par four second for big Jim was just the start. Five birdies in his last five holes rocketed him up the leaderboard. An eight under 62 was an eight shot improvement on his last round. Where did the improvement stem from? A red hot putter this morning saw him take ten less putts than yesterday, only 23 in total.

It was not enough to edge him in front of overnight leader Camilo Villegas however. The Colombian put in another lovely round, this time it was an excellent back nine which got him his score. A double bogey on the ninth cancelled out his two birdies to that point, but he picked up four shots to par on the way home to lead by one from Furyk on nine under. 14 birdies so far in the tournament is the reason he's leading, that's two more than Furyk has made and he's second in the birdie count standings.

Phil Mickelson also made a move up the table with a flawless round of 65, five birdies, no dropped strokes. That saw him to 7 under for the tournament and in position to close the gap in the Fedex Standings. DJ Trahan also had a flawless round, except he picked up seven strokes on his way round for a 63, he's also on seven under with Mickelson, as is Brian Gay with a 67.

Vijay could only manage a second successive par round which leaves the door open to the likes of Furyk in 5th and Big Phil in 8th to really get much nearer to him going into the big one should he not get it going today.

Now all they have to do is go out and do it all again this afternoon. I think the caddies might be carrying a few less spare balls and whatnot this time around, the legs will be tiring. They'll take the energy bars, but will probably eat them themselves.

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