Matt Jones – leads the Australians early – file photo
When darkness eventually stopped play on day two of the BMW Championship in Maryland, three of the four Australians in the 70 man field had completed their rounds with only Cameron Smith required to return on Saturday morning to finish up his final three holes.
Smith faces a 12 foot birdie putt at the 16th when he gets back to the golf course, round two having been disrupted, initially, by bad weather then darkness.
Smith is in a share of 38th place at 4 under par and in terms of his projected ranking in the FedEx Cup table he has slipped two places to 5th based on his current scoring. That could change with a strong finish tomorrow morning.
Matt Jones leads the Australians in 26th place this week but he has slipped from 42nd to 47th in the FedEx Cup standings and with only the leading 30 making it through to next week’s Tour Championship he has some work ahead of him if he holds hopes of getting to Atlanta.
Cam Davis is in 38th place after his completed 36 holes this week and has dropped to 41st in the projected Fed Ex Cup standings and, like Jones, he has a big weekend ahead of him if he is to play the Tour Championship for the first time.
Marc Leishman struggled to a round of 76 today and is in 64th place this week and is now in 46th place in the FedEx Cup standings.
The leader is Bryson DeChambeau who had an opportunity to record a sub 60 round when he sat at 12 under through 16 holes on the par 72layout and faced a 15 footer for birdie at the 17th hole. That putt missed but he created another great chance to join the select sub-60 club when he hit a magnificent drive then an approach at the 18th which spun back 6 feet below the hole.
His putt however was a disappointing effort, not even threatening the hole but he was round in 60 and leads by one over Patrick Cantlay and Jon Rahm, the latter of whom has three holes to play on Saturday morning.
Rahm has a 15-foot birdie putt at the 16th to join DeChambeau in the lead.
“I think in trying to hit your line I misread the putt so one of those things that it was an awesome opportunity,” said DeChambeau.
“I had a couple shots, a couple birdie opportunities at 17 and 18, and didn’t happen but still really proud of the way I handled myself, and it’s great to feel some pressure again which is awesome.”