Korean Charlie Wi and American Matt Kuchar lead the 70 man field after two rounds of the BMW Championship at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont, Illinois.
The event is the second of the play offs for the FedEx Cup with online bookmakers offering free bets to new customers during the tournament which ends with the final round on Sunday 12 September.
Kuchar, winner of last weekend’s first FedEx Cup play off, played while suffering from an undiagnosed illness but managed to hold his game together for a one-over-par 72 and 36 hole total of six-under-par.
Charlie Wi suffered too, at the sixteenth where he made triple bogey seven on the par four hole and had to settle for a two-under-par 69 and share of the overnight lead.
Kuchar and Wi tee off from the first at 3.15pm with Marc Leishman who produced the best second round score of 65 to lie one shot off the pace on five-under-par.
Three English players are tied fourth on four-under-par, Ian Poulter, Paul Casey and Luke Donald.
Casey, with something of a point to prove having being omitted from Europe’s Ryder Cup team, carded the better second round score of the trio with his two-under-par 69.
Donald made 70 yesterday while Poulter dropped a shot to par with his second round 72; this three ball tees off from the first at 3.05pm.
It makes for an interesting third round betting heat and Stan James bet 13/8 Casey will outscore his compatriots again today, bwin are offering odds of 28/17 for Donald and Betfred go 9/4 for Poulter.
FULL THIRD ROUND TEE TIMES (BST):
From the first
13:25 Van Pelt, Bo; O’Hair, Sean; Watney, Nick
13:35 Stricker, Steve; Cink, Stewart; Petrovic, Tim
13:45 Haas, Bill; Johnson, Zach; Mickelson, Phil
13:55 Gillis, Tom; Toms, David; Leonard, Justin
14:05 Gay, Brian; Allenby, Robert; Sim, Michael
14:15 Els, Ernie; Jones, Matt; Taylor, Vaughn
14:25 Scott, Adam; Villegas, Camilo; Chalmers, Greg
14:35 Sabbatini, Rory; Clark, Tim; Choi, K.J.
14:45 Moore, Ryan; Na, Kevin; Rose, Justin
14:55 Goosen, Retief; Johnson, Dustin; Mahan, Hunter
15:05 Poulter, Ian; Casey, Paul; Donald, Luke
15:15 Wi, Charlie; Kuchar, Matt; Leishman, Marc
From the tenth
13:25 Furyk, Jim; Fowler, Rickie; Pettersson, Carl
13:35 Palmer, Ryan; Woods, Tiger; Davis, Brian
13:45 Slocum, Heath; Ogilvy, Geoff; Kim, Anthony
13:55 de Jonge, Brendon; Molder, Bryce; Watson, Bubba
14:05 Dufner, Jason; Streelman, Kevin; Laird, Martin
14:15 Bohn, Jason; Barnes, Ricky; Singh, Vijay
14:25 Hoffman, Charley; Day, Jason; Snedeker, Brandt
14:35 Overton, Jeff; Appleby, Stuart; Senden, John
14:45 Holmes, J.B.; Jacobson, Fredrik; McIlroy, Rory
14:55 Romero, Andres; Yang, Y.E.; Trahan, D.J.
15:05 Cabrera, Angel; Ames, Stephen
15:15 Verplank, Scott; Crane, Ben