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Xander Schauffele in driver’s seat at BMW Championship; Hideki Matsuyama three strokes back

AP, Kyodo

Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk had an easy time deciding on three of his four picks for the Ryder Cup.

Xander Schauffele is making the last one a little more difficult.

Schauffele nearly holed a wedge on his second hole, rolled in a 40-foot birdie putt in the middle of his round Friday and wound up with a 6-under 64 in the BMW Championship for the lowest 36-hole score of his career and a two-shot lead over Justin Rose.

“I’m sort of in a position where I feel like a win is the only way I’d even be in consideration,” Schauffele said.

He also made it more difficult on Woods, who again goes into a weekend have to catch up to the leaders.

One day after he opened with a 62 — his lowest score since his last victory more than five years ago — Woods went eight holes before his first birdie and didn’t make many after that. He finished with two straight bogeys for a 70 that left him five shots behind in a tie for 12th.

Hideki Matsuyama shot a 6-under 64 to land three shots off the pace in a four-way tie for third.

Matsuyama carded seven birdies against a lone bogey at the Aronimink Golf Club and sits at 10-under. England’s Justin Rose is in second at 11-under.

Matsuyama, who is currently 28th on the FedEx Cup points list, needs to remain in the top 30 to advance to the Tour Championship.