Hoffman leads as Spieth misses cut at Deutsche Bank

Sat Sep 5, 2015 7:51pm EDT
 
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(Reuters) - Former winner Charley Hoffman earned a three-shot lead after the second round at the Deutsche Bank Championship on Saturday, while fellow American Jordan Spieth missed consecutive cuts for the first time in his career.

Hoffman took advantage of his early tee time to gather nine birdies for an eight-under-par 63 at the Boston TPC where he won in 2010.

He posted a 12-under 130 halfway total, with Brendon de Jonge of Zimbabwe (68) the closest pursuer on nine-under.

Australian Jason Day, who has won three times in his last four events, including the PGA Championship, sat six shots back in a tie for 10th after successive 68s.

Masters and U.S. Open champion Spieth missed his second straight cut with a 73 for his fourth above-par round in a row.

It is the first time in his pro career that the 22-year-old Spieth has missed successive cuts.

With the PGA Tour taking a one-week break before the third event of the FedExCup playoffs, the BMW Championship near Chicago, the world number two plans to forget about golf for a few days before getting back to work.

“I’m going to take some time away, probably it’s going to be good for me to take four days and not touch a club,” he told reporters, largely blaming his putting for the six-over 148 total.

“I don’t feel it’s far off, even though my scores have been far off. It’s almost been like a bad dream, like I have to wake up and get the putts to go in again.”   Continued...

 
Sep 5, 2015; Norton, MA, USA; Charley Hoffman hits his tee shot on the 9th hole during the second round at the Deutsche Bank TPC of Boston. Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports