GREENSBORO, N.C. — Russell Henley shot a 6-under 64 on Friday to open a four-stroke lead midway via the Wyndham Championship.
Henley was at 14-under 126, tying Stewart Cink on the RBC Heritage in April for the bottom 36-hole rating this season.
Sabbatini shot a 64, Simpson 65 and Piercy at 66.
Former FedEx Cup champion Justin Rose, outdoors the playoffs firstly of the week, continued his surge towards the postseason with a 65 that left him at 9 below in a bunch with Tyler Duncan and Brian Stuard.
Duncan had the bottom rating of the spherical at 62. Stuard shot 66.
When Henley teed off, the first-round chief had already been handed by Sabbatini, Piercy and Simpson. Henley, who opened on the again 9, bought going with 4 straight birdies on Nos. 14-17 to regain the lead.
Henley added three extra birdies on his ultimate 9. It was a few months in the past that Henley shared the midway lead on the U.S. Open. He was amongst three leaders after 54 holes till falling off with final-round 76.
Henley hopes he can hold the identical drive and mentality on the weekend. In spite of everything, this isn’t the U.S. Open and pars right here will in all probability lead you out of rivalry.
“You need to do every thing proper,” Henley mentioned. “So it is type of the identical method apart from I am simply primarily attempting to maintain committing to each shot off the tee and put myself within the fairway.”
It was a great day for Sabbatini, Piercy and Rose, all who started the week outdoors the 125-man postseason cutoff, however have performed themselves into subsequent week’s Northern Belief with 36 holes to go.
Sabbatini, buoyed by his Tokyo expertise, has moved from 141st within the FedEx standings to a projected ninety fifth. He tied his profession low 36-hole rating of 130, final achieved in 2003 on the Shriner’s Kids’s Open.
Piercy began this week as first man out at No. 126. His 64-66 begin has him projected at eightieth for the playoffs.
Rose, who gained the 2018 FedEx Cup, was additionally outdoors at No. 138 when he teed off Thursday. He is contained in the playoffs at 117th after taking pictures 66-65.
It was not the case for playoff outsider Rickie Fowler, who missed the lower after taking pictures 71-72. He had wanted to complete twenty first or higher to maintain his 11-season streak of advancing to golf’s postseason intact. As a substitute, Fowler could have a number of weeks off earlier than subsequent season.
“I do know what I am able to, I have been up there and performed in opposition to the very best on the earth and been a top-five, top-10 participant on the earth for numerous years in my profession,” Fowler mentioned. “I am not able the place I am comfy or the place I need to be.”
Sabbatini mentioned his sport kicked into gear in Tokyo — he completed with a 61 for the silver behind gold-medalist American Xander Schauffele — and has continued on the PGA Tour’s ultimate regular-season occasion.
His play at Sedgefield Nation Membership has him pointing towards the playoffs. “I do doubtlessly have a flight reservation, however I do not know which route.”
Piercy had made the playoffs the previous six seasons.
Rose mentioned his first two rounds have him serious about greater than the top-10 end wanted to proceed his season. He is aiming for his first PGA Tour win because the Farmers Insurance coverage Open in 2019.
“I do know I would like to complete top-10, however on the similar time there is not any level limiting your self to that type of pondering,” he mentioned. “Profitable would go a protracted option to type of really feel like you possibly can compete within the playoffs.”