Los Angeles - Former US Open winner Webb Simpson fired a
six-under 64 on Friday to grab a share of the lead with fellow American Ryan
Armour at the halfway stage of the PGA Tour Wyndham Championship.
Simpson, who won the US Open in 2012 in San Francisco, made
four birdies on a bogey-free back nine, while Armour birdied four straight
holes en route to a nine-under par 61.
The pair were tied at 13-under 127 for a one-shot lead over
Sweden's Henrik Stenson, who led the morning groups with a four-under 66 at
Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina.
"We're obviously close to where I grew up," said
Simpson, who comes from North Carolina. "I grew up playing courses similar
to this that aren't too long, hit different clubs off the tee, some doglegs.
"There's a comfort here that I feel like I don't have
at a lot of places. I've always loved playing close to home. That's part of it
Simpson, who won his first PGA Tour event in North Carolina
in 2011, had to overcome back-to-back bogeys on the front nine, while Armour
drained a total of nine birdies.
Vaughn Taylor (66) and Ollie Schniederjans (63), who birdied
three of his last four holes, were tied for fourth at 11 under.
Hunter Mahan (65) Kevin Na (63) and former winner Davis Love
(66) are next at 10 under. Mahan had his second consecutive 65.
Stenson, the highest-ranked golfer in the field at ninth in
the world, carded birdies on three of four holes during one stretch as he
finished on the front side.
"I felt like I was fighting the feeling a little bit
about the swing," Stenson said. "I still managed to produce some good
stuff. I managed to scramble and keep it tidy anyway."
One of the most entertaining rounds of Friday belonged to
Johnson Wagner, who shot 64 despite ending with a bogey. He is nine-under for
the tournament in a group of five golfers that also includes Ireland's Shane
Lowry (64) and American Harold Varner (68).
Wagner posted an albatross - a double eagle on the par-five
fifth hole after holing out his second shot, marking the second one of his US
PGA Tour career. Ten holes later, he posted an eagle.
First-round leader Matt Every shot a two-over 72 and was
tied for 19th.
This is the last tournament of the regular season before the
FedEx Cup playoffs, so golfers such as Varner and Mahan need good finishes to
qualify for the playoff events.
"I was able to feel really confident and free out there
and was aggressive with a lot of iron shots," said Mahan, who is seeking
his seventh PGA Tour win. "Felt great to be out there just playing well
and not stressing about every single shot."
Scores after Friday's second round of the PGA Tour's Wyndham Championship at the par-70 Sedgefield Country Club:
127 - Ryan Armour 66-61, Webb Simpson 63-64
128 - Henrik Stenson (SWE) 62-66
129 - Vaugh Taylor 63-66, Ollie Schniederjans 66-63
130 - Hunter Mahan 65-65, Kevin Na 67-63, Davis Love 64-66
131 - Johnson Wagner 67-64, Harold Varner 63-68, Sam Saunders 63-68, Shane Lowry (IRL) 67-64, Anirban Lahiri (IND) 65-66
132 - Sren Kjeldsen (DEN) 69-63, Russell Knox (SCO) 66-66, Cameron Smith (AUS) 63-69, Ryan Moore 67-65, Rick Lamb 64-68