Tour Championship 2022 standings breakdown: Scottie Scheffler fends off Xander Schauffele for Round 2 lead

The second day of the Tour Championship 2022 looked terribly like the first. World No. 1 and FedEx Cup leader Scottie Scheffler shot 4-under 66 and continued to set fire to East Lake Golf Club. At minus-19 at the halfway point, Scheffler’s lead is anything but secure. Despite minding his own business, Scheffler saw his lead reduced to two, with contender Xander Schauffele beating his effort by three strokes on Friday.

Although Scheffler maintained the two-stroke margin he started the week with, the composition of the standings behind him brought in a handful of new chasers. Schauffele is the closest challenger – just as he was after the first round – but now sits at 17 under after playing his last three holes in 4 under. Jon Rahm also put his name in the hat thanks to an impressive 7 under 63 and is 13 under after starting Week Seven on pace. Both Rahm and Schauffele have had strong showings at East Lake in the past, and that experience has helped them so far in their quest for the best name in the game.

The same goes for Rory McIlroy, who has recovered from his tumultuous departure on Thursday. Signing for another round of 3 under 67, the two-time FedEx Cup winner is nine full strokes behind Scheffler but finds himself seventh in solo. Despite the multitude of names on the front page of the leaderboard, a two-horse race likely developed on the outskirts of Atlanta.

The leader

1. Scottie Scheffler (-19): Although there were moments of discomfort – his tee shot on the par-3 15 barely cleared the water, for example – the world No. 1 remains atop the leaderboard. He has 9 under the week, which is only two strokes less than Schauffele. I can’t imagine the unflappable Scheffler being overly worried about his performance so far.

As comfortable as Scheffler may be, the putter needs to improve if he is to successfully fend off Schauffele and the others. After ranking fifth in strokes gained on Thursday, he fell back sharply on Friday and finished 26th on the greens. His tee-to-green play carried him into the second round, but Scheffler won’t have the luxury of his B game leading him to victory given the way Schauffele — and even Rahm — are playing right now.

Other suitors

2. Alexandre Schauele (-17)

3. Jon Rahm (-13)

T4. Sungjae Im, Patrick Cantlay (-12)

6. Joaquin Niemann (-11)

7. Rory McIlroy (-10)

Schauffele changed the complexion of this entire championship with a back-nine 29. The man who has been nothing short of ridiculous around East Lake throughout his career continued to show his affinity for ownership this week. The 2017 Tour Championship winner has done it all over 36 holes, and if he’s able to keep performing that way, he’ll have a realistic chance of turning a four-time deficit into a FedEx Cup victory this weekend. .

Rahm in a familiar position

The man who claimed the low total of 72 holes a year ago is ready to do it once again. In the context of Rahm’s season, which features only one victory against a less than stellar field at the Mexican Open, a close call in the season finale would certainly fit with the theme of disappointment.

The former world No. 1 has been fantastic through the first two weeks of the playoffs, connecting in the back-to-back top 10 and finally finding a level of comfort with the putter in hand. While the lowest score of the week won’t produce a trophy, it can provide momentum just as it did in 2021 when he carried his form from East Lake into a dominating performance at the Ryder Cup.

“It’s more doable, but it’s [Scheffler’s] playing good golf, that’s right, and we’re going to have to go on and play good golf as well,” said Rahm, who is currently second in the field in strokes gained. “It’s going to take a very strong weekend from me and hopefully not a strong one from Scottie. That’s kind of what we’re looking for. I think tomorrow could be a good day. If I can do a good lap again tomorrow and he doesn’t pull a punch, we’ll be in position.”

Say hello, Max Homa

The two-time winner this season entered the week at 2 under, and after a poor first lap around East Lake on Thursday, bounced back in spectacular fashion on Friday. Signing for an 8-under 62, Homa broke into the top 10 and positioned himself to collect another seven-figure check at the end of the Tour Championship.

“I felt like I deserved to play well, and I wasn’t even letting myself go for first place. I’m recovering, hitting a good drive, super 9-iron to 10-footer and I got said, I have to do this.” Homa said. “You just did two big things. Why don’t you just see what’s going on and believe you put in the work.”

Tour Championship 2022 Odds and Picks Update

  • Scottie Scheffler: 5/7
  • Xander Schauele: 7/4
  • Jon Rahm: 11-1
  • Patrick Cantlay: 22-1
  • Sungjae Im: 35-1
  • Rory McIlroy: 40-1
  • Joaquin Niemann: 75-1

Only seven names register under 200-1 and even that may be too many. For my money, there are only three players who have a chance of lifting the FedEx Cup trophy at the moment, and Scheffler remains the best bet even if Schauffele is breathing down his neck. The world No. 1 did not have his best gear in the second round but remains a fair price at -140.

On the week, Scheffler ranks first in shots won from tee to green. He also finds his name in the top five strokes won off the tee, strokes won on approach and strokes won around the green. If the putter cooperates like he did in the first round, he will extend his lead over Schauffele on Saturday and head for the title on Sunday.

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