The new Tour Championship format faced plenty of criticism before a shot was even struck, understandable given the fact players were already under par for the week before a shot was struck. But through two rounds, or three, depending on how you look at it, the format has produced a leader board that golf fans can get behind on the weekend.
Leading the way is the man who often leads the way in marquee events, Brooks Koepka. The four-time major champion's birdie at the 18th hole at East Lake, which gave him his second straight three-under 67, puts him alone at the top at 13-under. Koepka began the week at seven under, three back of FedEx Cup leader Justin Thomas.
Thomas' week in Atlanta got off to an inauspicious start, as he failed to build on the lead he started with and shot even par on Thursday. But he rebounded on Friday with a two-under 68 that might have been even lower had a rain delay not halted his momentum. Thomas went out in three-under 32 before play was stopped for nearly 90 minutes, and when play resumed he struggled for much of the back nine, shooting a one-over 36.
He's tied with Rory McIlroy, a former winner at East Lake. The Northern Irishman shot a three-under 67 to pair with his first-round 66, which has vaulted him from five under to 12 under.
Xander Schauffele, who started the week six back and grabbed a share of the lead with a 64 on Thursday, shot a one-under 69 in the second round. He is at 11 under, two back.
Up-to-the-minute leader board and other scoring information for the 2019 Tour Championship, Aug. 22-25, 2019, East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Ga.