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Gooch, Kim, Hoge share Wyndham lead

Field Level Media
15 Aug 2020, 07:40 GMT+10

Talor Gooch and South Korea's Si Woo Kim each shot 5-under 65 on Friday and were tied with Tom Hoge for the clubhouse lead midway through the second round of the Wyndham Championship at Greensboro, N.C.

All three were at 10-under 130 after two trips around Sedgefield Country Club. Hoge, who shared the first-round lead with two others, shot a 68 in the second round.

Harris English (67 on Friday) and Ireland's Shane Lowry (63) were one shot behind.

Roger Sloan, who held a share of the first-round lead, shot even-par 70 and is among a group that is two shots back. Harold Varner III, who also shared the lead, was still on the course.

The first round was completed Friday morning after it was suspended Thursday due to inclement weather.

Hoge was unable to match his opening 62 as his up-and-down second round included five birdies and three bogeys.

"I would say today was a little more work for sure," Hoge said after his round. "I was in the rough a little more often and, you know, a little out of position where I got above the hole on a few of the pins coming in, have some fast putts and a little more work.

"Hopefully, kind of got that out of my system and go make some birdies on the weekend now."

Kim and Gooch each had six birdies and one bogey while starting their rounds on the back nine.

Kim finished with a flourish by carding birdies on five of his last six holes.

"It is a little different this year from the rough, more sticky and more deep," Kim said of the course. "And it help more to hit the fairway, that's really important. That's why I hit it more, try to focus on hit the fairway."

Gooch, who missed the cut at last week's PGA Championship, is pleased at how his game is clicking in Greensboro.

"My irons are feeling really good, I'm hitting good putts," Gooch said. "I didn't make a whole bunch of putts today, but I had a bunch of opportunities and that's because I hit a bunch of fairways today. Out here the rough, the spots to score being a little bit low, the rough is penal, so fairways are a premium right now."

English had six birdies, one bogey and one double-bogey in his strong round. Lowry eagled the par-5, fifth hole and also had six birdies and one bogey.

"It was nice to go out there and shoot a good score today," Lowry said. "You know, it's kind of the best score I've shot in a while and I'm looking forward to the weekend."

Jason Kokrak matched Lowry's 63 with a bogey-free round that included seven birdies. He is two shots off the lead.

Patrick Reed (68) was among the golfers who were three shots behind the leaders.

Sloan never got into the flow on Friday. The Canadian had five birdies and five bogeys in a ragged round that followed a career-best 62 on Thursday.

"I made a few bogeys just because there's some difficult pin locations and I had some difficult shots," Sloan said. "Was able to bounce back a few times, make some birdies. It was a nice putt I made on the eighth hole, my 17th for the day, so that kind of got us at level par and I thought we'll take it."

--Field Level Media

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