Armour, Simpson share Wyndham lead
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Ryan Armour shot a career-best 9-under 61 on Friday for a share of the lead with Webb Simpson after two rounds at the Wyndham Championship.
Armour and Simpson were at 13-under 127 halfway through the PGA Tour's final event of the regular season. Simpson shot a 64.
Henrik Stenson was a stroke behind them after a 66. Ollie Schniederjans and Vaughn Taylor and were 11 under. Schniederjans shot 63, Taylor had a 66.
First-round leader Matt Every followed his 61 with a 72 to slip six strokes off the lead.
The field at Sedgefield Country Club is once again full of players trying to force their way off the bubble and qualify for the postseason. The top 125 players on the points list earn berths at The Northern Trust next week in New York.
At No. 187 on the list, Armour isn't even close to the bubble.
"Could turn your life around," Armour said. "I had some goals at the beginning of the week. I knew where I stood and, you know, right now the goals are attainable."
The 41-year-old who has yet to win on tour and has bounced between the big tour and the Web.com Tour throughout his 14-year professional career, had nine birdies — five on his first nine holes, then four in a row on Nos. 5-8 — to quickly climb the leaderboard.
His round was two strokes better than his previous best of 63 nine years ago in Milwaukee.
Simpson, a North Carolina native who won here in 2011 and named his third child Wyndham, put himself in position to contend for his first victory since 2014.
He had four birdies on the first six holes of his back nine, pulling even with Armour at 13 under after his birdie on the par-5 15th.
Among bubble players, No. 125 Geoff Ogilvy played his way to the weekend late in his round. He had birdies on five of his final six holes to move to 4 under.
And No. 141 Johnson Wagner had the shot of the tournament so far, with an albatross on the par-5 fifth, using a 5-iron to hole out his 215-yard second shot from the right fairway.
U.S. AMATEUR: At Los Angeles, Doug Ghim advanced to the semifinals of the U.S. Amateur on Friday with a 2-and-1 victory over Scotland's Connor Syme.
Tommy Humphrey also advanced with a 1-up victory over Taiwan's Chun An Yu. Doc Redman beat Australia's Travis Smyth 1 up, and Mark Lawrence Jr. finished off Dawson Armstrong 3 and 2 to complete an all-American final four at Riviera Country Club.
Humphrey, who plays at Vanderbilt, could be playing his way into a spot on the U.S. Walker Cup team in three weeks with an impressive week at the Amateur. He advanced by rallying to take the lead on the back nine before holding off a strong challenge from Yu, an Arizona State sophomore.
Ghim, the reigning Big 12 Player of the Year at Texas, never trailed in his match with Syme, who had been on a strong run. Ghim took charge when he bogeyed the 16th, yet still won the hole when Syme double-bogeyed it.
Redman, a 19-year-old from Clemson, trailed Smyth by two holes with six to go, but Redman rallied and finally advanced when his Australian opponent bogeyed the 18th.
Lawrence, who plays at Virginia Tech, had the smoothest quarterfinal victory, winning four of seven holes after the turn to finish off Armstrong.
Ghim will face Humphrey, while Redman will meet Lawrence.