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Adam Scott dominates star-filled leaderboard in BMW Championship

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Australia's Adam Scott hit a 2-under 69 par on Friday at the BMW Championship at the Wilmington, Delaware Country Club to take a narrow 36-hole lead over the weekend.

Scott scored 8 under in the second round, but a late double he could have been 10 under without the bogey. Fifteen players are within three shots of him on Scott's, and FedEx is on the star-studded leaderboard in Game 2 of his Cup playoffs.

World No. 1 Scotty Schaeffler (67 Friday), Jordan Spieth (67), Cameron Young (68) and Canadian Corey Connors (67) tied for second place at 7 under par. Reigning FedEx Cup champions Patrick Cantley (68), Xander Schauffele (69), Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy (68), Australia's Cam Davis (67) and Scott Stirlings (68) are 6-under.

Japan's Hideki Matsuyama (67) and Ireland's Shane Lowry (71) are 5-under, while Chilean up-and-coming Joaquin Niemann (68), Kurt Kitayama and his 11th Thailand. (66), Aaron Wise (68), Harold Berner III (71).

They all look up to 42-year-old Scott. He advanced into a 70-man field last week at FedEx St. Jude in his tie for fifth in the first leg of his championship. play off.

Scott said he had four birdies and no bogey on the card when he stepped to the tee on the 17th hole of the par-4, but his drive strayed badly to the right and he fell under a tree. After leaning over, he tried to lay up on the fairway. He ran out and landed in thick rough. That ultimately set him up for a two-putt double bogey, reducing his lead. rice field. "You can always be several times better when you're playing that way, and when you hit a bad shot at 17, you pay a pretty big price. Heading into the weekend, you really have to get it under control.

``But I'm not feeling well for the weekend. I don't know when I last led a tournament."

Spieth hit an 18-foot putt on No. 17 for his fifth birdie of the day. , easily tying Scott at 8 under.

"I just wanted to be bogey-free," Spieth said. “Today, this afternoon, I think it was pretty impressive. But overall, I just manage the course really well. Nothing, but it feels trending and improving in every aspect of the game.”

Schaeffler birdied four of his first six holes, followed by five birdies and a Finished with one bogey. After winning four in six starts earlier this season, culminating in the Masters, Schaeffler is yet to return to the winner's circle.

"I definitely want to win again," he said. “I want to win every week, so this week will definitely be no different. I put myself in a decent position. , there's no doubt we have a good chance heading into the weekend."

First-round leader Keegan Bradley posted a 64 followed by a 74 to fall to 4-under in two rounds. He is Sam Burns (69), K.H. South Korea's Lee (70), Russell Henry (71) and England's Tyrrell Hutton (71).

On Friday he had no 36-hole cut, but there are luminaries who are far off the pace, including Spain's Jon Rahm (1 over) and Tony Finau (3 overs).

– Field Level Media