The Tour Championship 2010 leaderboard is controlled by Jim Furyk in round two now. The leaderboard for the 2010 Tour Championship hasn’t been quite as kind to Phil Mickelson, though, as he posted a two-over-par 72 on Friday to push his score to one-over-par for the first two rounds. Day one of the 2010 Tour had ended in a three-way tie between Geoff Ogilvy, Luke Donald, and Paul Casey in the lead, but now they have a new guy in the mix for the $7.5 million purse. This should only serve to make the weekend rounds even more interesting, because it shows many golfers still have a shot at winning it all.
GOLF has been providing some very nice coverage of the first two rounds at the 2010 Tour Championship, and this is something that many other tournaments should be modeled after when it comes to television. Nearly every stroke from the leaders has been seen live on GOLF, and that has added to the excitement level for those that choose to watch the tournament. Live coverage for both the west coast and the east coast in the same tournament isn’t always a given, and it forces viewers to miss a lot of the best golfers when they finally get to the tees. That’s not the case this weekend.
The first two rounds haven’t been good for everyone though, as the 2010 Tour Championship has a few golfers that are already out of contention to win the tournament. The worst player at the tournament of only 30 players has been Martin Laird, who now has a combined score of eight-over-par heading into the weekend. Zach Johnson and Ryan Palmer are also now at six-over-par after the first two rounds, knocking both Americans out of contention of this tournament as well. The worst round two score was Nick Watney with a four-over-par 74, a score that many of the rest of us would be fine with while on the course.
K.J. Choi also had a very nice day on Friday to bump himself up to a tie for fourth place in the tournament. Retief Goosen was also impressive, posting a four-under-par score in round two to get him up into a tie for sixth place when he headed to the clubhouse. There were also only nine players that had a score under par after the first two rounds, showing how tough this tournament has been for some of the favorites coming into play. It seems to now be a three horse race though, as Furyk, Ogilvy, and Donald appear to be the only three left with a realistic chance to win the tournament. They will all take to the course early on Saturday to give us round three coverage.
2010 Tour Championship Leaderboard
1. Jim Furyk — (-8) — 17th
1. Geoff Ogilvy — (-8) — 16th
1. Luke Donald — (-8) — 16th
4. K.J. Choi — (-4) — Final
4. Paul Casey — (-4) — 17th
6. Retief Goosen — (-3) — Final
6. Kevin Na — (-3) — Final
8. Charley Hoffman — (-2) — Final
8. Jason Day — (-2) — Final