Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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Koepka powers into share of lead

Koepka shows his muscle and finds his swing to share lead at Northern Trust

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    Brooks Koepka, left, shakes hands with Dustin Johnson after they completed the second round of the Northern Trust PGA golf tournament at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J., Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. (Chris Pedota/The Record via AP)

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    Brooks Koepka acknowledges the gallery after chipping on the 14th hole during the first round of the Northern Trust golf tournament, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, in Paramus, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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    Dustin Johnson tees off on the 14th hole during the first round of the Northern Trust golf tournament, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, in Paramus, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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    Tiger Woods after missing a putt on the 18th hole during the second round of the Northern Trust golf tournament in Paramus, N.J., Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. (Chris Pedota/The Record via AP)

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    Jamie Lovemark tees off on the eighth hole during the second round of the Northern Trust golf tournament in Paramus, N.J., Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. (Chris Pedota/The Record via AP)

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    Dustin Johnson walks off after completing the second round of the Northern Trust PGA golf tournament at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J., Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. (Chris Pedota/The Record via AP)

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    Jordan Speith reacts after sinking a putt on the seventh hole during the second round of the Northern Trust golf tournament in Paramus, N.J., Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. (Chris Pedota/The Record via AP)

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PARAMUS, N.J. — Brooks Koepka showed some muscle and unleashed a monstrous finish Friday to share the lead in The Northern Trust.

Tiger Woods missed yet another putt and was relieved to still be playing.

Koepka spent most of the second round trading birdies and bogeys, going nowhere. One swing changed everything on the 631-yard 13th hole at Ridgewood Country Club. From just under 310 yards, he swung 3-wood as hard as he could and saw the tight draw that had been missing all day. It stopped 20 feet from the hole, Koepka made it for eagle and then closed with three straight birdies for a 6-under 65.

He tied Jamie Lovemark, who shot a 66. Lovemark, winless in 135 starts as a pro, made five birdies in a six-hole stretch around the turn and was the first to reach 10-under 132.

Before long, a list of contenders lined up behind them in an entertaining start to the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Adam Scott, building on his confidence from playing in the final group at the PGA Championship, had a 64 for the low round of the tournament and was one shot behind. Another shot back was Dustin Johnson, the world No. 1, who had another 67 that for the second straight day featured a triple bogey on his card. At least he got this one out of the way early, taking five shots from a mangled lie in deep rough behind the first green.

Woods was not part of the action, even though he hit the ball beautifully. Woods had a birdie putt on every hole until the par-3 15th, when his tee shot rolled just off the green against the collar. All he had to show for it was two birdies, giving him four birdies in 36 holes.

He finished with a three-putt bogey from just inside 30 feet, giving him another 71. He made the cut on the number, leaving him 10 shots behind.


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