Berger surges clear at St. Jude Classic


Daniel Berger recorded the lowest round of the day as the charged up the leaderboard and earned a three-stroke lead after the second round of the St. Jude Classic.

Berger carded a six-under-par 64 to surge atop the leaderboard at nine under through 36 holes in Memphis, Tennessee on Friday.

The 23-year-old American, seeking his first PGA Tour title, was flawless as he posted six birdies without dropping a shot at TPC Southwind.

Tom Hoge - one of three overnight leaders on Thursday - birdied his final two holes for a one-under-par 69 to claim sole possession of second position.

Countrymen Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Brooks Koepka are within striking distance heading into the weekend on the Tour's final stop before next week's U.S. Open.

Johnson was one stroke adrift when he teed off but last year's U.S. Open runner-up had a second-round 69 as he ended the day four shots behind.

Five-time major champion Mickelson rocketed up the standings via a five-under-par 65, having opened with a 70 on Thursday.

Koepka also registered a bogey-free 65 to be in contention with 36 holes remaining.

Shawn Stefani is in a nine-way tie for sixth position at four under following his 71.

Noh Seung-yul (72), who had a share of the lead alongside Stefani and Hoge after round one, is a stroke further back alongside the likes of Steve Stricker (71) and Retief Goosen (70).

Defending champion Fabian Gomez, meanwhile, missed the cut along with Ernie Els at two over after the pair posted a second-round 72s.

Graeme McDowell also finished below the cut line, going six over the card following consecutive 73s.