Published: Sun, September 03, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Rahm has 'nearly perfect' back nine for Boston lead

Rahm has 'nearly perfect' back nine for Boston lead

He was planning to skip the opening two playoff events, and thus end his season, because his wife was expecting their second child in Australia. The field for the TPC Boston is at 96 players after Brandt Snedeker, Scott Piercy, J.B. Holmes and Henrik Stenson withdrew.

World number four Rory McIlroy has been hit with injury this year and is winless coming into the tournament.

Jon Rahm responded to an erratic start with an eagle and a barrage of birdies as he powered into a two-shot lead at the halfway stage of the Dell Technologies Championship. Just the Top 70 players move on to Conway Farms Golf Club in IL after the dust settles this week in Boston.

McIlroy won here past year and in 2012 to become one of just two players, along with Fiji's Vijay Singh (2004, 2008) to win this event a few times. Stenson won the tournament in 2013 and was runner-up in 2015.

Johnson overturned a five-shot deficit in the final round before beating Open champion Jordan Spieth in a play-off in the Northern Trust Open on Sunday, the first of four FedEx Cup play-off events.

"It would just be nice to get a win before I shut it down for a while". After what we played last week with the rough we had last week, anything seems simple.

The Presidents Cup team will be finalized next week and at 18th in the standings Mickelson is on the outside looking in. Only the top 70 golfers on the list qualify for the next round of the playoffs, the BMW Championships outside Chicago in two weeks. Reed was 5th here previous year. 2nd at The PGA and 10th last week at The Northern Trust, and don't forget he also added to the career grand slam of 2nd place finishes with a 2nd at The PLAYERS earlier this year, "The 5th Major".

"So I was very happy to see that I hit a lot of good shots, a lot of good putts", Garcia said. "I either go home to rest and spend time with my family or I go play another playoff event in two weeks".

It was a wonderful duel between two of the biggest stars in golf. Top-five finishes here the last two years have to excite you as a fantasy owner.

Canadian Hadwin now sits in last place amongst those trying to automatically qualify for the Presidents Cup International side so a continuation of this form will guarantee him a place in the side in a month's time.

The four-time major victor will play the remaining three FedEx Cup play-off events - assuming he qualifies for the 30-man Tour Championship - and the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship with his father Gerry from October 5-8 before calling time on his season in a bid to get fully fit for the new campaign. I played a almost flawless back nine. Scott won here in 2003, in the inaugural edition of this tournament and since then he's made ten of ten cuts and recorded five Top 10 finishes including a 4th a year ago. In order to advance to next week, he'll need to fall into the Top 70.

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