NORTON, Mass. — Ryan Moore just made a 5-footer for eagle at the 18th hole to make the turn at 11 under for the tournament and open a two-stroke lead over Seung-yul Noh and Rory McIlroy during Saturday’s second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Moore, who opened with a 64, only made two pars on the back nine. He had four birdies and two bogeys in addition to the eagle and turned in 31.
Noh, who is playing with Moore, two-putted from 40 feet for a birdie at the 18th to get back to even par for the day. He was the overnight leader after opening with a bogey-free 62.
McIlroy, who came to TPC Boston ranked fourth in the FedExCup, has made three birdies in his first six holes to join Noh at 9 under.
Chris Kirk, who just bogeyed the fifth hole, and Bryce Molder, who birdied his first, are tied at 7 under right now with Tiger Woods and Jeff Overton. The latter two don’t tee off until 1:10 p.m. and 1:22, respectively.
Molder started the week 93rd in the FedExCup while Kirk was 81st. Both need a big week at TPC Boston — only the top 70 when the tournament is over advance to next week’s BMW Championship.
Jason Dufner, a two-time winner in 2012, is heading in a positive direction, too. He started on the back nine and just birdied the 14th and 16th holes, to get to 6 under for the tournament.
Phil Mickelson is playing the back nine. He had moved to 4 under with a birdie at the 12th hole but consecutive bogeys at Nos. 15 and 16 have dropped him back into the pack.