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The Roundup

The Roundup: Points Chase

by Matt Cooper
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Recap of the day
Morning wave: C.T. Pan thrashed an early 64 which, added to his first round 65, allowed him to set the clubhouse target of 11-under (or, to put it another way, Brandt Snedeker's first round score). Behind him David Hearn, Peter Malnati and Keith Mitchell moved to 9-under 131 for the week. Brian Gay made the biggest move of the morning with a 63 to climb 82 spots on the leaderboard to T15.
Afternoon wave: Sergio Garcia's 65 helped him join the pack on 9-under, Harris English and Brett Stegmaier would replicate him, but up ahead D.A. Points clipped a second 64 of the week to move clear in second on 12-under whilst Brandt Snedeker recovered from a front nine 59 hangover to card a 67 which took him two clear.
Leaderboard: -14 Brandt Snedeker, -12 D.A. Points, -11 C.T. Pan, -9 David Hearn, Peter Malnati, Keith Mitchell, Sergio Garcia, Harris English, Brett Stegmaier.
Notables: -7 Henrik Stenson, Ryan Moore, -6 Webb Simpson, -3 Hideki Matsuyama
Low round of the day: Brian Gay's 63
Cut: -3 137
MCs: -2 Shane Lowry, Daniel Berger +1, 
Revised outright betting: Snedeker 5/4, Pan 15/2, Garcia 10/1, Points 14/1, Stenson 14/1, Mitchell 20/1, Moore 25/1, Simpson 25/1
Saturday weather forecast
Temperatures should be in the high 80s, but more relevant is that rain is highly likely in the afternoon, humidity will be about 70% and the wind no more than 10mph.
Leaders at 36 holes
Brandt Snedeker (67, 126) - Needed just 27 shots to play the front nine on Thursday and on Friday it was 36, but showed plenty of spirit to hang tough and make two birdies and an eagle on the back nine. With it he pulled clear of the field.
D.A. Points (64, 128) - Missed 16 cuts in his last 17 starts. Perfect preparation for shooting a pair of 64s to lie solo second heading into the weekend.
C.T. Pan (64, 129) - Found only six fairways, but little matter as he made seven birdies and only one of them was from outside eight-feet. 
Fate of the favorites
Webb Simpson (68, 134) - Missed only one green in regulation, but could make only three birdies against an early bogey-6. 
Henrik Stenson (65, 133) - Mild improvement in his long game stats (83.33% greens in regulation against 77.78%; 71.43% fairways versus 67.86%) but the real key to a three-shot improvement was just one bogey against six birdies.
Hideki Matsuyama (68, 137) - Made four birdies, but missed three par breaking opportunities from inside seven-feet.
Road to victory at Sedgefield
2017 Henrik Stenson – R1: 2nd, R2: 3rd, R3: 1st 
2016 Si Woo Kim – R1: 41st, R2: 1st, R3: 1st 
2015 Davis Love III – R1: 7th, R2: 3rd, R3: 10th 
2014 Camilo Villegas – R1: 1st, R2: 7th, R3: 8th 
2013 Patrick Reed – R1: 3rd, R2: 1st, R3: 1st 
Notes: Although this course yields to (very) low scores it has been the case that the winner's really big move was made by Friday night. Nine of the ten winners were T3 or better after 36 holes and the exception (Camilo Villegas in 2014) was only T7. None of the ten came from further back than three shots.
Fate of the halfway leaders at Sedgefield - where did they finish?
2017 - Webb Simpson - 3rd, Ryan Armour - 4th
2016 - Si Woo Kim - 1st
2015 - Tiger Woods 10th, Tom Hoge - 38th
2014 - Heath Slocum - 4th, Scott Langley - 12th
2013 - Patrick Reed - 1st
Notes: In five of the ten years that the Wyndham has been hosted by Sedgefield the winner was leading, or sharing the lead, at halfway.
Focus on - John Oda
A standout at UNLV, the 22-year-old turned pro nonetheless last summer, thus missing out on his senior season after three years in which  he had earned All-American honors. The reason behind his departure? The experience of playing the U.S. Open at Erin Hills. Once the top table had been tasted the idea of playing in front of very few people had little appeal. Since then he has made five starts on the PGA Tour and it's been hit and miss: T8 in this season's OHL Classic, T3 in the Barracuda Championship two weeks ago, T34 in the Barasol Championship, T67 in the Sony Open (he hailed from Hawaii) and a missed cut at the Phoenix Open. In three Canadian Tour starts in June he notched nothing worse than T21 and there were two top tens. He couldn't repeat the 63 of his first round, but a level-par 70 has left him with every chance of notching another top ten this weekend. It's been a sparse initial schedule, but one full of promise.
Focus on - Peter Malnati
After rounds of 66-65 the 31-year-old has earned himself a big opportunity. How big? Well he hasn't made a top 20 since he was T18 in the Barbasol Championship of late July last year and he hasn't made a top ten since the Tournament of Champions in January 2016. That was 83 starts ago; a huge gap and one he will be desperate to end this weekend.
Focus on - Seamus Power
Only the top 125 in the rankings progress to the lucrative end-of-season events where $35 million in bonus money awaits. Right on the edge of qualification at 123rd ahead of this week a missed cut has badly hurt Ireland's Seamus Power. He is now projected to end the week ranked 127th. His first round 74 put him behind the eight ball and a second round 69 could not retrieve the situation.