GREENSBORO, NC – Russell Henley shot a 6-under-64 on Friday to open a four-stroke lead halfway through the Wyndham Championship.
Henley was tied at 14-under 126 Stewart Cink at RBC Heritage in April for the lowest score of 36 holes this season.
Sabbatini shot a 64, Simpson 65 and Piercy a 66.
Former FedEx Cup Champion Justin got up, outside of the playoffs at the start of the week, he continued his rise to the post-season with a 65 that put him at 9 bottom in a group with Tyler Duncan and Brian Stuard.
Duncan had the lowest score of the round at 62. Stuard shot 66.
When Henley kicked off, the first round leader had already been passed by Sabbatini, Piercy and Simpson. Henley, who opened on the back nine, got going with four straight birdies on no. 14-17 to regain the lead.
Henley added three more birdies to his final nine. It was a few months ago that Henley shared the halfway lead at the US Open. He was after 54 holes under three leaders until he dropped out with the final round 76.
Henley hopes he can maintain the same drive and mentality this weekend. After all, this is not the US Open and pressing here will probably lead you out of the dispute.
“You have to do everything right,” Henley said. “It’s the same way, except I’m just trying to stay on every shot of the tea and put myself on the track.”
It was a great day for Sabbatini, Piercy and Rose, all of whom started the week after the 125-after-season, but they played in the Northern Trust with 36 holes left in the following week.
Sabbatini, grown by his experience in Tokyo, moved from 141st place in the FedEx position to an expected 95th. He achieved a low 36-hole, 130-hole career, most recently at the Shriner’s Children’s Open in 2003.
Piercy started this week as the first man at number 126. His 64-66 start projected him on the 80th for the playoffs.
Rose, who won the FedEx Cup in 2018, was also out at number 138 when he kicked off on Thursday. He is in 117th place in the playoffs after shooting 66-65.
That was not the case for the playoffs Rickie Fowler, who missed the cut after shooting 71-72. He had to finish 21st or better to keep his 11-season series through to the golf season intact. Instead, Fowler has a few weeks off before the next season.
“I know what I’m capable of, I’ve been up there and played against the best in the world and a number of years in my career a top five, top 10 player in the world,” Fowler said. . “I’m not in a position where I’m comfortable or where I want to be.”
Sabbatini said his match kicked off in Tokyo — he finished with a 61 for the silver behind the U.S. medal winner Xander Schauffele -and continued at the PGA Tour’s last regular season meet.
His play at Sedgefield Country Club led him to the play-offs. ‘I may have a flight booking, but I do not know which direction.
Piercy has made the playoffs over the past six seasons.
Rose said his first two rounds made him think of more than the top-10 he needed to continue his season. He is aiming for his first PGA victory since the Farmers Insurance Open in 2019.
“I know I have to complete the top 10, but at the same time there is no point in limiting yourself to thinking,” he said. “Winning will help a lot to take part in the play-offs.”