During round two of the FedEx St. Jude Championship at TPC Southwind, Tony Finau avoided the fate of two other tournament favorites, registering 8-under -- three shots off the lead going into the weekend. (Photo: Karanja A. Ajanaku/The New Tri-State Defender)
Terry Davis

The FedEx St. Jude Championship seems to deliver a surprise or two every year. Pencil the number one and two ranked PGA players not making it to the weekend in that category.

Scottie Scheffler and Rory McElroy, first and second respectively, both missed the cut in the Memphis-based tourney that this year is the first leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Still, both will advance to next week’s BMW Classic and likely will appear in the championship round in Atlanta in two weeks.


 

Ranked No. 1 in the world, Scottie Scheffler blasts out of a front-side bunker at TPC Southwind during round two of the FedEx St. Jude Championship. His 68 on the day left him 1-under and missing the cut. (Photo: Karanja A. Ajanaku/The New Tri-State Defender)
Rory McIlroy, a fan favorite at TPC Southwind, missed the cut at 1-under. (Photo: Terry Davis/The New Tri-State Defender)

J.J. Spaun, the No. 28-ranked player on tour, held the round-one lead at the FedEx St. Jude lead and still had a share of it (-11) on day two, coming in one stroke ahead of Troy Merritt and Sepp Straka. The top 70 golfers will advance to the second round of the playoffs and only 30 will compete in the championship round.

Si Woo Kim, who was tied for the lead after the first round, shot 3 over par to finish at -5 and was tied for 27th place – and within sight of the leaders – entering the third round on Saturday. He parred every hole except one, seven, and thirteen.


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Tony Finau, who has won his last two tournaments, endured a ball in the water on the par 5 No. 16 hole and finished 2-under in round two. At 8-under, he is only three strokes off the lead.

The golfers are getting a break from the hot and humid weather that can punctuate August in Memphis. Still, temperatures will be in the lower nineties for the final two rounds.

Morning coverage can be seen on the Golf Channel, with the afternoon rounds televised on NBC.

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