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Date TimeAugust 23, 2019
VoiceKoepka (13 under par) leading field at halfway junctureMcIlroy and Justin Thomas sit one back after two roundsDepending on your outlook, it is either perfectly fair that this feels like a typical golf tournament at its halfway juncture or the dumbing down of what should be a marquee environment. Sunday’s winner of the Tour Championship will stroll off with $15m after the PGA Tour simplified the conclusion to both its season and the FedEx Cup; handicapped starts, as afforded to players before a ball was struck at East Lake, haven’t altered the dynamic or impacted on the atmosphere. This cuts both ways, of course.
McIlroy and Thomas in close pursuit of Koepka at Tour Championship
In the perfect defence of the amended format, stellar names lead the pack. Rory McIlroy trailed by three when taking to the 17th tee in round two. The Northern Irishman’s birdie-birdie finish and trouble as encountered by Justin Thomas means McIlroy is now just one back, with Brooks Koepka currently the man to catch at 13 under par. Thomas has tied McIlroy at minus 12. “It’s anybody’s golf tournament,” said Thomas. Not altogether true; but this is wonderfully poised.

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