Keegan, Palmer off to hot start at Deutsche Bank

Second Round Update – PGA Tour – FedEx Cup Playoffs – Deutsche Bank Championship –TPC Boston – Boston, Mass. –

Fighting off home town pressure and his bid for a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup squad, Keegan Bradley stood tall in round one of the Deutsche Bank Championship, but he trails American Ryan Palmer by two shots.

Palmer leads the second-leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs after a smooth 8-under-63 at TPC Boston Friday in the opening round. He engineered a 30 on the back-nine even with a bogey at No. 10. Sitting at 51st in the Official World Golf Ranking, Palmer entered the week as a whopping 125-to-1 betting long shot at to win the Deutsche Bank.

Aussie Jason Day is T-3 at 5-under alongside Webb Simpson, who also making a bid for pick from U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson, and Chesson Hadley. Bill Haas, Russell Knox, Ian Poulter and Jordan Spieth at T-6 and four shots back.

Hadley won the PGA Tour’s opposite field event earlier this year at the Puerto Rico Open.

Day has a pair of Top 3s at TPC Boston and could be the favorite at this point to win this week.

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy is T-26 at 1-under as more than three dozen players carded under-par rounds in the first round. He is tied with Henrik Stenson and Rickie Fowler.

Look for Keegan to keep the momentum going. He has three Top 4s since the U.S. Open this summer. The former PGA Championship winner has a pair of Top 20s at this venue, but he has yet to win a title in 2014. At, he was a 40-1 selection.

The event allows for only the Top 70 in the FedEx Cup standings after this week to advance to next week’s BMW Championship.

Other Golf News:

  • I.K. Kim (12-under) leads the LPGA Tour’s Portland Classic after two rounds. Carlota Ciganda (9-under) is solo second. Last week’s winner Se-Yeon Ryu is T-5, while defending champion Suzann Pettersen is 6-under and T-10.
  • The FedEx Cup Playoffs might feel a little different without Steve Stricker involved. Stricker elected to not to compete taking the rest of the year off. He will be a vice-captain for the U.S. Team at the Ryder Cup. Stricker was runner-up, T-4 and T-2 in three of the playoff events last season. He came up short twice in tournaments to Henrik Stenson, who went on to capture the FedEx Cup title.
  • Hennie Otto (15-under overall) fired a 10-under-62 in round two at the European Tour’s Italian Open. Bernd Wiesberger is 12-under.
  • Stephen Gallacher might very well need a Ryder Cup captain’s pick. He is projected to need a second-place finish or better to earn an automatic qualifier for Team Europe. If not, Graeme McDowell is claim the final auto bid. Thus, Gallacher would be pitted against Lee Westwood, Poulter and Luke Donald with only three picks available. Gallacher is T-9 after a 7-under day in round two in Italy.