Rahm sneaks into Scheffler's display, field record

The Texan delivered the best card in the history of TPC Boston, 59 strokes (-12), in the second round of the Northern Trust. Rahmbo took off with -4 and is in the ointment.

If the title fight remains open heading into the weekend at the Northern Trust, the first stop of the FedEx Cup playoffs, it is simply because Scottie Scheffler was low key in the first round on Thursday. This Friday, in the second, it passed like a supernova through TPC Boston. His card, 59 strokes, 12 under par, is already the best in the 18-year history of the Massachusetts field (the previous one, 61, was held by Vijay Singh) and could well have served him to blow up a tournament that is yielding very low results.

But Scheffler started at -1, and the 12 birdies he made without failure (including a series of four in a row between 4 and 7 and another two of three, between 9 and 11 and 14 and 16) earned him the -13 and second place shared with Australian Cameron Davis. The latter, a 25-year-old player without victories in the North American PGA (he has won in the circuit of his country) is the real surprise, because the Scheffler thing comes from before.

The Texan, 24 years old and graduated in Finance from the University of Texas, has been knocking on the door of triumph for weeks. He was 15th in the St. Jude Invitational of the World Championships and fourth in a PGA Championship that he led at times. In his first season as a full member of the circuit he accumulates five top-10, more than two million dollars in earnings and is a clear candidate for rookie of the year with others like Collin Morikawa, winner precisely of that last PGA, or Viktor Hovland. On December 4, if the coronavirus does not prevent it, he will celebrate nuptials with Meredith Scudder, his partner, in Dallas. Life smiles at this 'cowboy' who by plant, gait and temper reminds Brooks Koepka. "The ball has rolled quite well" he conceded proudly at the end of the day.

After his exhibition, he is already in the select club of players capable of losing 60 impacts in a round since 1999: Jim Furyk (58 in 2016 and 59 in 2013), Kevin Chappell (59 this year), Brandt Snedeker (59 in 2018 ), Adam Hadwin (59 in 2017), Justin Thomas (59 in 2017 as well), Stuart Appleby (59 in 2010), and David Duval (59 in 1999) are the other eight members.

Ahead of Scheffler and Davis, only Dustin Johnson, author of an also formidable -11 (the best lap of his career). DJ started voracious, with two eagles and five birdies to complete the first half of the course in 27 hits, a wild ride. He 'stopped' in the second, with two birdies, and put the price of the lead at 15 under par. The American enters the weekend as the clear favorite to a win that would give him the number if Rahm (27th) and Thomas (21st with -7) finish below second place.

Rahmbo takes off

Rahmbo, meanwhile, sneaked into Scheffler and Johnson's display and took off with a -4 that leaves him with a cumulative -6. He made the cut without problems and will have a chance of victory with a good performance on Saturday, the day of movement. This Friday he continued to recover sensations in the short game and gave himself more opportunities to subtract. He birdies at 2, 5, 7, 11 and 15. The bogey at 12 was his only blemish.

The Biscayan left on the morning shift. In the evening he was the third in contention in the fight for the top of the ranking, a Rory McIlroy (-3) who narrowly won the right to play two more days as Tiger Woods, the same result as the Northern Irishman. Now the degree of excitement of the last two laps will depend on what Dustin Johnson and Scottie Scheffler do from now on.

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