Lee Hodges Takes Commanding Lead in 3M Open, Justin Thomas Misses Cut Impacting Playoff Hopes

Lee Hodges, ranked 74th in the FedEx Cup points race, continued his strong showing at the 3M Open with a 7-under 64 in the second round, securing a four-stroke lead over Tyler Duncan.

1. Lee Hodges' Impressive Performance

Hodges' 15-under 127 total after two rounds set a new tournament record for the 36-hole score, surpassing the previous record set by Bryson DeChambeau in 2019.

2. Record-Breaking Total

Hodges birdied four of his last six holes, displaying a remarkable finish to extend his lead.

3. Late Surge

Hodges and his caddie, Andrew Medley, adopted a positive attitude on the course, committing to each shot without fear, given their position on the FedEx Cup points list.

4. Positive Attitude

On the other hand, Justin Thomas faced a challenging round, shooting an even-par 71, and ultimately missed the cut

5. Chasing Playoff Hopes

Despite birdieing four of the last five holes, Thomas fell short by two strokes, finishing at 2-under for the tournament.

6. Last-Hole Effort

Play at the 3M Open experienced a nearly two-hour weather delay in the afternoon, leading to the suspension of play due to darkness, with six players yet to complete their rounds.

7. Weather Delay

Tyler Duncan finished the second round within four strokes of Hodges, positioning himself as a strong contender heading into the next stages of the tournament.

8. Tyler Duncan's Pursuit

Japanese golfer Hideki Matsuyama also participated in the tournament and teed off during the second round.

9. Hideki Matsuyama's Performance

With the FedEx Cup just two weeks away, Lee Hodges' commanding lead provides him with added confidence

10. FedEx Cup Playoffs Looming