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Villegas, Slocum leading tight race at Wyndham

Second Round Update — PGA Tour — Wyndham Championship — Sedgefield Country Club — Greensboro, North Carolina — 

Heath Slocum and Camilo Villegas are co-leaders at the moment in the second round of the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship.

Slocum is 3-under through 14 holes in round two to catch the overnight leading Villegas, who turned Friday in 1-under. Both sit at 8-under overall with a host of players in the mix including local hero and former U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson, who is also trying to earn a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team with a solid effort in Greensboro this week.

Villegas, 32, nearly won the FedEx Cup a few years back winning two playoff starts. He would end up finishing behind Vijay Singh. His best effort in 2014 was a T-11 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. He ranks 136th on the PGA Tour Money List this year and 254th in the Official World Golf Ranking.

He needs a victory and has the fire power to do it. He ranks 20th on tour in Total Birdies — evidenced by his bogey-free 63 in the opening round. Avoiding the big number has plagued him over the last few seasons.

Brandt Snedeker, the 2007 Wyndham champion, is making an early move Friday. He is 3-under through 13 holes to reach 5-under overall. He is T-8 at present time. Sneds was 2-over at one point Thursday before rallying with four birdies in his last five holes at Sedgefield Country Club.

Defending champion Patrick Reed needs to make a move to make the weekend cut. He shot 1-over-71 Thursday and sat T-98 heading into Friday. He is 2-under playing his back nine at the moment to move up to T-55. Half the field has yet to tee off in round two.

Players are jockeying for position to earn a spot in the FedEx Cup Playoffs next week.

Other Golf News:

  • Simpson opened Thursday’s first round in Greenboro with four straight birdies before shooting 64. He was one back of the lead heading into round two. He is even on his round with a few holes to play.
  • Lexi Thompson and Meena Lee (6-under) were the overnight leaders at the Wegmans LPGA Championship. Both tee off in separate groups later this afternoon in New York.
  • Americans Cristie Kerr and Brittany Lincicome are both in the Top 10 at the Wegmans at the moment. The 28-year-old Lincicome, who shot 5-under-65 Thursday, carded eight birdies in round one. She has slipped to No. 61 in the Rolex Rankings. 
  • Bradley Dredge (5-under overall) leads the European Tour’s Made in Denmark event mid-way through the second round. Nearly two dozen players are within four shots of the lead. Local favorite Thomas Bjorn is a shot back at 4-under.