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Reed Goes up in Wyndham Championship


Patrick Reed followed up his opening 65 with a 6-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead in the Wyndham Championship. The $5.3 million PGA Tour event got underway Thursday at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.

Reed, a 23-year-old Texan who earned his 2013 Tour card at Q-School, carded four birdies on the front nine and two more on the back to reach 11-under 129, a stroke ahead of John Huh, who shot an 8-under 62 for the low round of the day.

Huh, the PGA Tour's 2012 Rookie of the Year, had a flawless outing Friday, posting four birdies on the front nine and another four on the home half.

Two shots behind Reed is Jordan Spieth, who has recorded rounds of 65 and 66, while four back are South Korea's Charlie Wi (65), England's Ross Fisher (69), South Africa's Rory Sabbatini (66) and Americans Brian Harman, Jim Herman and Bob Estes, who each shot 66s.

Spieth is pleased with his recent play. "Kind of hitting it on the line right now and it feels good to be that confident on a course that's this narrow," he told PGATour.com. "When you do hit the fairway, I'm able to take more club and I'm able to hit wedges into the greens and how firm the greens are if you're coming in from the fairway makes a big difference."

The 20-year-old Texan is in good shape for his second Tour title of the year, following his playoff win in last month's John Deere Classic.

Fisher posted a 64 Thursday to take share of the 18-hole lead with American Chris Stroud, who fell down the leaderboard after a 72.

Defending champion Sergio Garcia carded an even-par 70 and is now at 5-under 135 with several other players.

The cut was set at 1-under 139. Among those heading home is the highest ranked player in the field, No. 7 Brandt Snedeker. The Nashville native had rounds of 69 and 72, the same numbers recorded by 2008 Wyndham champion Carl Pettersson.

Also missing the cut is North Carolina native Davis Love III, who had a 73 and 70.

Due to a 90 percent chance of rain Saturday, Tour officials will start the third round earlier than usual and send threesomes off both the first and 10th tees. "We're expecting a very high percentage of rain tomorrow and we've had so much rain here at Piedmont, North Carolina that, you know, the water table is so high it's not going to take much rain at all to cause us some problems on the golf course," said Mark Russell, the vice president of rules and competitions for the PGA Tour.

"But with the 6:30 finish tomorrow night, CBS television, if we got knocked out, we'd have absolutely no time to come back and try to finish. So, the forecast is better for Sunday and hopefully by playing early tomorrow if we do have some down time we'll at least leave ourselves time to get the players back out and finish the third round."

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