Ryan Moore of Puyallup shot his second consecutive 6-under-par 66 Friday and is one stroke behind leader Vijay Singh in the BMW Championship. Moore is tied with Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.
CARMEL, Ind. — Ryan Moore of Puyallup shot his second consecutive 6-under-par 66 Friday and is one stroke out of the lead in the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick.
The BMW is the third stop in the four-tournament FedEx Cup playoffs and the top 30 players in FedEx Cup points after the event advance to the Tour Championship, which starts Sept. 20 in Atlanta. The FedEx Cup winner earns a $10 million bonus.
Vijay Singh (66) leads at 13-under 131 after 36 holes. Rory McIlroy (68), rated No. 1 in the world, and Tiger Woods (67), winner of 14 major championships, are tied with Moore for second place at 12 under.
Moore started the tournament 35th in points but is projected to be 11th in points, according to the PGA Tour website.
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Of his second round, Moore said, “Hitting good, solid iron shots and really just converting. Any reasonable chance for a birdie I had, I pretty much made it.”
Fast starts are nothing new for Moore.
“I’ve had a lot of those tournaments this year where I’ve gotten myself up where I want to be and haven’t necessarily done what I’ve wanted to on the weekend,” he said.
Moore is tied for first in distance of putts made through two rounds; he said he made a recent adjustment to his alignment.
“Now I’m to the point of actually feeling good over my putts and actually feeling a little bit of confidence,” he said.
Kyle Stanley (70) of Gig Harbor is tied for 28th place at 6 under. Stanley started the tournament in 30th place and is projected to be 33rd in points entering the weekend.
Singh’s last victory was the Deutsche Bank Championship in 2008, the year he won the opening two FedEx Cup playoff events and essentially clinched the $10 million bonus. He would not have guessed that would be his last victory.
Singh has coped with nagging injuries and has been regaining his form and his confidence.
“I’ve got to keep it going,” Singh said. “I’ve been playing well for two days for a while now, but I need four days of good playing. Sooner or later, I think four days is going to happen.”
Singh, 49, was asked why he has had trouble stringing good rounds together in recent seasons.
“I have no idea,” he said. “I guess I want it so bad that I get in my own way. So I just have to get out of my own way and just play.”
Although Woods finished with birdies on his last two holes, his game hasn’t been especially sharp.
“I didn’t have it with my swing,” he said. “Just kind of fighting it around here.”
• Jiyai Shin of South Korea shot a 3-under 68 in the second round and leads by one stroke in the LPGA Tour’s Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Va.
Shin was at 12 under. American Danielle Kang, 19, was in second after a 64, the best score of the second round.
Wendy Ward (67), who lives near Edwall, outside Spokane, was tied for 31st place at 4 under. Ex-Washington Huskies player Paige Mackenzie (69) of Yakima was tied for 41st at 3 under.