Woods, Wilson lead BMW Championship
BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2009 BMW Championship | Round Two | 12 Sep 2009
Tiger Woods continued his already stunning record at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Illinois by adding a round of 67 to his opening round of 68 and at 7 under he joins Mark Wilson in the lead in the penultimate event of the FedEx Cup series, the BMW Championship.
Woods has won four times at Cog Hill and although playing a significantly remodelled layout this year, this is clearly a golf course he enjoys. In the projected FedEx Cup standings he has now moved back ahead of Steve Stricker in the chase for the US$10 million on offer to the winner of the FedEx Cup.
Wilson won earlier in the season in Mexico but that aside he has not had a great year with only one top ten since although to be fair that was in at the prestigious Memorial event. He has his timing right however as there are not many better tournaments than this for him to return to form. He is on course to earn a place amongst the top 30 who will advance to the Tour Championship his projected position now 3rd although he will of course need to maintain this form.
Padraig Harrington, Rory Sabbatini, Bo Van Pelt and Australian rookie Marc Leishman share third position just one shot back. Sabbatini might have left his run one week late as a good tournament last week in Boston may well have forced Greg Norman’s hand in terms of Presidents Cup selection.
Leishman rallied back from two bogeys in his back nine with two late birdies and continues an outstanding rookie season. As a result of his start, Leishman has crept within striking distance of the top 30 in FedEx Cup points and if he was to go on with it and make the field for the Tour Championship he will have completed a remarkable start to his PGA Tour career.
John Senden is the next best of the Australians this week in 19th place at 2 under, Geoff Ogilvy is 25th at 1 under, Jason Day is 41st, Nathan Green 58th and a struggling Robert Allenby is 63rd.