NORTON — When Ryan Palmer walked off TPC Boston on Saturday and signed for an even-par round of 71, he must have assumed the two-shot lead he enjoyed after the first day would disappear, since the Deutsche Bank Championship is synonymous with birdies, eagles, and low scores. Shooting even par usually means getting left behind.
But nobody was able to take the advantage away from Palmer, at least not entirely. Jason Day had the lead to himself briefly, but three back-nine bogeys left Day with a 68, and tied with Palmer at 8 under par.
It’s the large group of followers, though, and not necessarily the second-round leaders, that have combined to create a whole range of possibilities as the second PGA Tour playoff event reaches its halfway point. A bunched leaderboard usually makes for drama and weekend excitement, with the recent PGA Championship and Barclays two of the latest examples. Both tournaments had lots of players in the mix, ping-ponging the lead and demanding great play down the stretch.
At least so far, this year’s DBC lines up similarly. There were 22 players separated by five shots through two rounds, with neither Palmer nor Day able to create the kind of cushion that both flirted with at different times on Saturday.
“I had it going there for a bit, and I thought I was going to keep it going, especially with how I was playing. I felt good,” said Day, who turned five front-nine birdies into a two-stroke lead over Palmer as he made the turn. “It’s difficult to create separation when the greens are bouncing the way they are. It’s very firm. It’s very fast.
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