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Saturday, 27 July 2019
TPC Southwind  (Getty Images)
TPC Southwind (Getty Images)

Flying Fitzpatrick, the comeback kids and some supreme scrambling was on the menu on day two of the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

Here is everything you need to know from Friday at TPC Southwind.

Flying Fitz leads the way

As a five time European Tour winner and Ryder Cup star, you'd imagine it would be pretty difficult for Matthew Fitzpatrick to go under the radar but that is how the Englishman was feeling this week. Well if that was the case, it certainly isn't anymore after a stunning 64 left him at nine under, two shots clear at the top of the leaderboard. The 24-year-old has put on an absolute clinic thus far, sitting in the top three in strokes gained tee to green, greens in regulation, proximity to the hole, scrambling and strokes gained putting. If he keeps that up over the weekend, he may well be taking a first World Golf Championships title back to Sheffield.

The comeback kids

Jon Rahm, Alex Noren and Justin Rose have 25 European Tour titles between them - with seven of those coming in Rolex Series events - but even the best can have a bad day, or at least they can look like they will. Rahm was three over for his round after 12 holes but birdies on the 16th and 17th moved him back within two of Fitzpatrick. Rose finished the day four off the lead despite bogeying two of his first three holes, and Noren had a bogey and a double in his first five before he fought back to sit alongside the Englishman. If these guys have got their 'bad' day out of the way, the field best beware.

Everyone deserves a second chance

We've all hit a duff chip but not many of us have holed the next one.

We've all found the water and then got a dodgy drop but very few of us have then produced a stunning recovery.

Take a bow Cameron Smith.

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1KOEPKA, BrooksUSA18-16
2SIMPSON, WebbUSA18-13
3LEISHMAN, MarcAUS18-12
T4FLEETWOOD, TommyENG18-11
T4FITZPATRICK, MatthewENG18-11
T4MCILROY, RoryNIR18-11

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