2020 Zozo Championship Leaderboard Breakdown: Justin Thomas Improves Top 2 as Tiger Woods


If you scored 68 in Round 2 of the Zozo Championship on Friday, you lost a stroke on the field. The scoring average sank to the 67s as the world’s best players burned down Sherwood Country Club. Maybe The best The player in the world right now – Justin Thomas – was outscored 14 after trailing 65 to a total of 14.

JT leads Dylan Fritelli and Lanto Griffin over the weekend, and is the favorite to win for the 14th time on the PGA Tour. He played the last match on Thursday and the first match on Friday. He scored a combined 60 on those 60 holes to finish himself in front with a 1-under-19 second on Friday to finish 14 overs with one of 14 under-60s.

We will dive into their round, what it means for the weekend and who is going in round 3.

1. Justin Thomas (-14): Struggling for the JT has been his putter this year, but it was very good on Friday as he gained two strokes on the field. This is problematic for the rest of the region. When he is rolling it like he is this week, it could be over in a hurry. Additionally, Thomas has been outstanding from 80 yards and playing. He hit this nifty little flight draw (his word) from 50 feet 5 feet away at the first hole. It bounced in front of the green (even though the course was soft) and stayed where it wanted. No one does it better from afar – or more creatively.

T2. Dylan Fritelli, Lanto Griffin (-13): Two players with more hurdles to start the week are completing it so far. Neither are running it so well in particular (which may indicate a lack of staying power), but both missed making a bogey in the final hole of the day to co-lead with Thomas.

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T4. Patrick Kentley, Scotty Scheffler (-12): Scheffler could be a monster over the weekend. He is leading the field green from the tee, and may have regained his pre-US Open form completely when he was performing like a top-10 player in the world.

T6. Abraham Ansar, Harris English, Bubba Watson, Tyrell Hatton, Patrick Reid, Tony Feinu, Kevin Kishner, Richie Werenski (-1 1): Watson is quite interesting here. They ranked in the top 10 in the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek last week, and have been on a decent run the past two months. In addition, he is one of just two players in the top 10 who have lost strokes with Putter (Scheffler is the other). Watson has someone to keep an eye on the Masters for the rest of this week as well as next month, where he will try to become a three-time champion.

T22. John Rahm (-9) and T27. Colin Morikawa (-8): I list these two here because it looks like both can score big on Saturday. With such a low score, it would not be surprising to either fire a 62 sharpshooter or see something around there to bring it to Sunday’s match. Both are currently in the top 10 in strokes received from tee to green.

T66. Tiger Woods (-2): It will depend on how the next few days go, but now anyway, it seems as if Tiger’s 76 runs were one each on Thursday. Tiger made eight birdies on Friday and shot 6-under 66 to get back into the red figure. He did all this while losing strokes in the field with his cutter. To me, his swing did not look any different than it did on Thursday, but the boy numbers tell a different story. He hit 10 fairways compared to seven in Round 1 and 14 greens compared to 10 in Round 1. He gave himself so many looks and turned into half holes. It is true that the course is not tough at all, but Big Cat put on a good show for Sherwood with little hope for the weekend.

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