J.J. Spaun produced a second round of 3-under 67 to take the sole lead of the FedEx St. Jude after Day 2 at the TPC Southwind.

The American, who tied for the lead after day 1, made a late birdie to take a one-shot lead in the opening event of the PGA Tour postseason over Sepp Straka, who birdied his last three holes for a 66, and Troy Merritt, who finished with 65 on day 2.

Denny McCarthy (9-under total) sits a further stroke back with Tony Finau, coming off two straight victories, tied for fifth (8-under) after shooting an 11th consecutive round at 68 or lower dating to the final round of the British Open.

Some notable names missed the cut after FedEx St. Jude Day 2 including world number 1  Scottie Scheffler, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth.

Scheffler, the Masters champion and No. 1 player for the last five months, never quite recovered from his detrimental first round, missing birdie chances on two of the last three holes to miss the cut by a single stroke.

McIlroy, meanwhile, finished with a 69 for only his second missed cut of the year while Spieth’s hopes of playing the weekend ended with a tee shot into the water on the par-3 14th that led to a 74.

All three are guaranteed to reach the BMW Championship next week.

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