NORTON, Mass. — Jason Day thought he might be able to pull away from the field Saturday at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Nine holes later, the second FedEx Cup playoff event was wide open.
Day made three bogeys in swirling wind on the back nine at the TPC Boston, including the final hole. That gave him a 3-under 68 and a share of the lead with Ryan Palmer, who had a 71.
After two rounds, 16 players were separated by four shots.
Matt Kuchar made six straight birdies around the turn and shot 66. He was one shot behind in what is shaping up as an emotional week. The wife of his caddie, Lance Bennett, died of a seizure Wednesday. Several players are contributing to a trust fund for the couple’s 4-year-old daughter.
Kuchar says it was easier to play Saturday, though Angela Bennett remains on his mind.
Colt Knost leads Web.com Tour Finals opener
FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Colt Knost shot his third straight 5-under 67 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead in the Hotel Fitness Championship, the first event in the Web.com Tour Finals.
Knost, the 29-year-old former SMU player who won the 2007 U.S. Amateur, had three birdies and eagled the par-5 12th at Sycamore Hills to reach 15 under. He was fourth last week in the Portland Open to finish 34th on the Web.com Tour’s regular- season money list.
Nos. 26-75 on Web.com money list and Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings are fighting for 25 2014-15 PGA Tour cards based on earnings in the four-event series.
The top 25 players on the Web.com money list earned PGA Tour cards last week. They are competing against each other for PGA Tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals and the final leader getting a spot in The Players Championship.
Second-round leader Sam Saunders and England’s Greg Owen were a stroke back.
Bob Tway shoots 63 for share of Calgary lead
CALGARY, Alberta — Bob Tway shot a 7-under 63 on Saturday for a share of the second-round lead with Joe Durant and Joe Daley in the Champions Tour’s Shaw Charity Classic.
Durant and Daley shot 68 to match Tway at 10-under 130 at Canyon Meadows.
The 55-year-old Tway is winless on the Champions Tour after winning eight times on the PGA Tour, including the 1986 PGA Championship. He had an eagle, seven birdies and two bogeys.
Gary Hallberg, Mark McNulty and David Frost were 9 under. Hallberg shot 65, McNulty 66, and Frost 68. Bernhard Langer, the tour leader with five victories this season, topped the group at 8 under after a 65.
Hennie Otto remains in lead at Italian Open
TURIN, Italy — Hennie Otto of South Africa shot a 1-under 71 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Italian Open, where Stephen Gallacher’s late bid to qualify for the Ryder Cup will go down to the wire.
Otto, who won this event in 2008, began the day with a three-shot lead but struggled at times, carding two bogeys and a double bogey as well as five birdies.
Gallacher shot 69 to move to within six shots of the lead and four behind compatriot Richie Ramsay (66) in second place.
Gallacher is the only man still capable of moving into the automatic Ryder Cup places in the final qualifying event, with a top-two finish enough to dislodge former U.S. Open Champion Graeme McDowell from Europe’s team.
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