The Northern Trust: Dustin Johnson gains control of leaderboard, Jordan Spieth trails closely

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Jordan Spieth enjoyed his spot at the top of the leaderboard for most of the second round. He entered the clubhouse in control as the later groups were finishing play at The Northern Trust.

It looked as if Spieth would carry his lead into the weekend of the first FedEx Cup Playoff event until Dustin Johnson stormed up the standings. He birdied the par-4 15th hole to take a share of the lead and then moved one stroke ahead of Spieth with another birdie on the closing par-4 18th hole.

Johnson now sits alone in first place (12 under) after carding a 4-under 67 on Friday at the Liberty National Golf Course. Spieth trails in second (11 under) after posting the lowest round of the day, a 7-under 64.

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There's a four-way tie for third place (10 under) between Patrick Reed, Jon Rahm, Troy Merritt and Abraham Ancer.

The second round featured plenty of drama.

It started early with the news that Tiger Woods was not going to play into the weekend, as he withdrew before Friday's round with an oblique strain.

The drama continued with a weather delay that lasted just over 30 minutes, and a penalty. Rory McIlroy was assessed a two-stroke penalty just as he was chipping away at the leaderboard.

McIlroy hit his tee shot on the par-3 14th hole into the green-side bunker. Before he took his approach shot, he removed what he thought was a stone or other object but it turned out to be sand. After alerting the rules official, he was given the penalty.

However, the drama took another turn when the penalty was ultimately rescinded after play finished.

A birde on 15 helped McIlroy recover from the blunder and he is currently in a tie for seventh place (9 under) with Andrew Putnam, Justin Rose, Louis Oosthuizen and Wyndham Clark.

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Notable golfers who missed the cut, set at 1 under, were Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar, Bubba Watson and Sergio Garcia.


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