- Associated Press - Saturday, August 17, 2013

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Halfway through the Wyndham Championship, the young guys have taken over.

PGA Tour rookie Patrick Reed tops the leaderboard. Second-year player John Huh is one stroke back. Another tour rookie, John Deere winner Jordan Spieth, is a shot behind him.

Reed shot a 64 on Friday to take a one stroke lead with a two-round score of 11-under 129.

Huh had the best round of the day _ a 62 _ while Speith had a 66 to go to 9 under.


“The way we play, we try to take the pin, right at it most of the time,” Huh said. “I guess we are more aggressive, if you’re younger a little bit, I guess.”

Charlie Wi, Bob Estes, Rory Sabbatini, Brian Harman, Jim Herman and first-round co-leader Ross Fisher were 7 under. Wi had a 65, Estes, Harman, Herman and Sabbatini shot 66, and Fisher had a 69.

Organizers moved up the third-round tee times Saturday to try to dodge a threat of rain, with players going off in threesomes at the first and 10th tees.

With his wife Justine serving as his caddie, Reed had six birdies in a bogey-free round that was one stroke shy of matching his best of the year.

“I don’t mind her having all the attention,” Reed said. “Less attention for me, which means I can just focus more on my game.”

The 23-year-old former college player at Georgia and Augusta State had top-10 finishes in his last two tournaments. He could have built an even bigger lead in this one, but missed a 12-foot birdie putt on the par-3 seventh.

He closed his round with birdies on the eighth and ninth holes, sinking a 10-foot putt to applause from the gallery and walking off the green with his arm around Justine’s shoulder.

She began caddying for him last summer before a Monday qualifying tournament in Houston. During a humid, 100-degree day in Texas, she had no trouble lugging around a bag full of rain gear, he said.

“I told her to read putts for me that day, and she just has a knack for reading greens extremely well,” Reed said. “It’s basically like my coach being out there with me. She knows just as much about the golf swing. She knows why I hit it left or right or anything like that, so I mean, if ever I get out of whack, she can fix me immediately.”

Reed certainly has a history on Donald Ross-designed courses in North Carolina. He reached the semifinals of the 2008 U.S. Amateur on Ross‘ No. 2 course at Pinehurst, and the first cut he made on the tour came at this Sedgefield Country Club course two years ago after receiving a sponsor’s exemption.

“That’s why I love this event,” Reed said.

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