O’Hair soars on the second day

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Sean O’Hair has soared to the top of the TPC Boston leaderboard on the wings of six birdies and an eagle.

Sean O’Hair has soared to the top of the leaderboard on the second day of the Deutsche Bank Championship on the wings of six birdies and an eagle.

Birdies have recently been a scarce commodity for O’Hair, but not at the TPC Boston on Saturday.

His birdie blitz gave him a 7-under 64 that rocketed him into a share of the lead with super-solid overnight leader Jim Furyk.

Furyk didn’t go as low, but his 67 on Saturday enabled him to post a matching 36-hole total of 130 and enter the final two days on this labour day weekend in a neck-and-neck race with O’Hair .

O’Hair, who was 8-under par in an eight-hole stretch in the middle of his round, and Furyk, who made six birdies in his round of 67, played in the same group with Retief Goosen who is two shots behind them, but certainly not out of the running.

The South African shot a 67 to help his group combine to make 17 birdies and an eagle.

“It can either help or it can really hurt you,” O’Hair said after watching his partners match him in a putting fest.

“If you get impatient out there, it can be a detriment. But with the attitude I had on the last couple of days was nice.”

A man who really needed to make birdies on Saturday was embattled Tiger Woods, who faced the rarity of not making the cut in the second leg of this all important four-leg FedEx Cup play-off series

He was on the cut line when he made the turn and was as anxious as he ever gets to secure a tee time for Sunday and make up as much ground as he can between now and Monday’s final round.

After an unlikely par save from a buried lie in the bunker, the World No 1 set himself up with seven consecutive birdie putts inside 12 feet.

His putting magic is still not all there, but he did made four of them for a 67 and rescued himself. Now he needs to make up seven shots on the leaders who are flying.

And Furyk, O’Hair and Goosen might not be his only problem.

Marc Leishman, who blazed home on Saturday with a tournament-low 62 to grab a share of third place on 10-under with Goosen, might also be a little to hot to handle

And let’s not forget back in form Padraig Harrington, who has stopped tinkering with his game – at least for a while – and is swinging sweetly enough to be just four shots off the pace at 8-after a four-under 67.

The World No 2 Phil Mickelson has an even bigger gap to close than Woods.

A 3-under 68 moved him up a little on the leaderboard on Saturday, but at 3-under he is still nine shots off the pace in an event in which birdies have not been too hard to come by.

ALL THE SECOND ROUND SCORES
(USA unless stated – par 71)
(USA unless stated, par 71):
130 Jim Furyk 63 67, Sean O’Hair 66 64
132 Retief Goosen (Rsa) 65 67, Marc Leishman (Aus) 70 62
133 Dustin Johnson 68 65, Justin Leonard 65 68, Mike Weir (Can) 68 65, John Senden (Aus) 69 64, Kevin Sutherland 68 65, Scott Verplank 65 68
134 Angel Cabrera (Arg) 65 69, Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) 66 68, Padraig Harrington (Irl) 67 67, Jason Day (Aus) 68 66
135 Jerry Kelly 66 69, Steve Stricker 63 72, Pat Perez 70 65, Jeff Overton 69 66, Jason Dufner 66 69, Charlie Wi (Kor) 71 64, Kevin Na 69 66, Bill Haas 69 66
136 Michael Letzig 68 68, David Toms 67 69, Matt Kuchar 65 71, Bryce Molder 67 69, Scott Piercy 67 69
137 Brian Davis (Eng) 67 70, Tiger Woods 70 67, Lucas Glover 69 68, Brian Gay 70 67, Woody Austin 67 70, Greg Chalmers (Aus) 67 70, Charles Howell III 68 69, Boo Weekley 68 69, Troy Matteson 66 71
138 Steve Marino 70 68, Charley Hoffman 69 69, Daniel Chopra (Swe) 67 71, Fredrik Jacobson (Swe) 70 68, Greg Owen (Eng) 69 69, Kevin Streelman 70 68
139 Zach Johnson 68 71, Davis Love III 69 70, Bubba Watson 68 71, Mark Wilson 70 69, D.A. Points 69 70, Phil Mickelson 71 68, Hunter Mahan 73 66, J.B. Holmes 72 67, Vijay Singh (Fij) 67 72, Brett Quigley 70 69, Justin Rose (Eng) 69 70, Camilo Villegas (Col) 70 69
140 Nick Watney 71 69, Scott McCarron 70 70, J J Henry 72 68, Richard S Johnson (Swe) 68 72, Mathew Goggin (Aus) 71 69, Ryuji Imada (Jpn) 74 66, Brandt Snedeker 70 70, Briny Baird 73 67, Stephen Ames (Can) 67 73, Jason Bohn 73 67
141 Sergio Garcia (Spa) 70 71, Kenny Perry 69 72, Anthony Kim 71 70, Bob Estes 70 71, Ben Crane 73 68, Luke Donald (Eng) 69 72, Jonathan Byrd 67 74, Y.E. Yang (Kor) 71 70, D.J. Trahan 71 70
Missed the cut
142 Rodney Pampling (Aus) 72 70, Lee Janzen 71 71, Stewart Cink 71 71, Heath Slocum 69 73, Nathan Green (Aus) 68 74, Cameron Beckman 72 70, Tim Clark (Rsa) 70 72, Ryan Moore 72 70
143 Kevin Stadler 73 70, John Rollins 70 73, John Merrick 70 73, Paul Goydos 71 72, Ian Poulter (Eng) 72 71
144 Robert Allenby (Aus) 76 68
145 Chad Campbell 72 73, Rory Sabbatini (Rsa) 74 71, Ted Purdy 75 70, John Mallinger 74 71
146 James Nitties (Aus) 75 71, Webb Simpson 71 75
147 Tim Petrovic 75 72
148 Ernie Els (Rsa) 75 73, Bo Van Pelt 74 74
149 Nick O’Hern (Aus) 73 76
150 Jeff Klauk 75 75
151 Fred Couples 74 77

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