BWM Champ: McIlroy, Cantlay Only Under-Par Players After Two Rounds

Jonathan Grant | August 29th, 2020

After two rounds of the BMW Championship, it’s safe to say that the course is winning. Olympia Fields is utterly eating up the field, so much so that only two players have made it to under par after 36 of the 72 holes. Those two men are Rory McIlroy and Patrick Cantlay. Both of them, obviously, had strong rounds on Friday, but it was Cantlay that was just a smidge better.

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Following up an one over par 70 on Thursday, he would go out and shoot a -2 68 for one of the rounds of the day. McIlroy, who was on even after the first round, would go -1 on Friday to see his name join Cantlay’s on top of the leaderboard. Thursday’s leader, Hideki Matsuyama, shot a +3 73, but he is only a shot off the lead despite the ‘struggles.’ Cantlay, it must be said, did use a bit of luck to get where he is. He made a 50-foot chip at one stage and also holed out from 50 yards with a wedge for eagle. Without those shots, he’d be three back from McIlroy, but those are the breaks you get sometimes. Dustin Johnson, last week’s runaway winner at TPC Boston, is tied with Matsuyama on even par having sustained a day in which he went backwards. Brendon Todd, like Cantlay, shot a 68, the lowest two scores of an awfully tough day on the links. Many are viewing this as a perfect test for the upcoming US Open, and you can see why: surely the Open won’t play any tougher- or as tough- as this.

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