Chez Reavie fired a 5-under-par 65 in the second round of the St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn., on Friday and is tied for the lead with Sebastian Munoz of Colombia and Charl Schwartzel of South Africa at 9-under 131.
Schwartzel shot a 4-under 66 and Munoz a 67 on the par-70 TPC Southwind course.
One shot behind that trio is Stewart Cink, who shot a 68 after sharing the first-round lead with Munoz, Matt Every and Scott Brown. Ben Crane stands two shots behind the leaders after a second-round 65.
Reavie, 35, had three birdies on the front nine and added an eagle-3 on the 16th. He had no bogeys. His only career win on the PGA Tour came nine years ago at the RBC Canadian Open in 2008.
Reavie plans to continue to be aggressive.
“There’s no way that I can change my mindset and go out there and try and make pars. I won’t win the golf tournament if I do that,” Reavie said. “I need to just keep doing the same thing I’m doing: attack the holes that suit my eye and make as many birdies as I can.”
Munoz collected four birdies and one bogey, which came on the par-4 18th.
“I’m super happy,” the 24-year-old Munoz told PGA TOUR Radio. “I’m really proud of the way I played today. I had one mistake, but I think a pretty good bogey on 18, so I was just happy to be able to step it up.”
Schwartzel, who finished third at the Masters, began his day on the back nine and had four birdies on his first eight holes. Schwartzel had a birdie on No. 2 (his 11th hole of the day), but he had his only bogey of the day on the par-3 eighth hole.
“If these fairways get firm, you’re really going to have to try to keep it in the fairway,” Schwartzel said. “If you’re missing fairways, with the greens, you’re going to miss a lot of greens, you’re going to struggle. So if you want to move forward and win this golf tournament, I think all parts of your game are going to have to be in top form.”
The 44-year-old Cink is in good position to get his first victory since winning the 2009 British Open.
“Going back to 2009, you know, if you really examine that year closely, I won the British, but the rest of the year wasn’t all that spectacular,” Cink said on PGA Tour Radio. “So going back to 2008 probably, the first half of ’08, and I really, really felt good about my game and I felt like I had a chance to win a lot of tournaments.
“I feel like if I can just hang in there and stay within myself and not get too ahead of myself with the results, then I’ve got a chance here, too.”
The cut was 1 over and Rickie Fowler, who finished the two rounds at 4 over after rounds of 74 and 70, was among those who missed the cut. Jason Bohn, Boo Weekley and Jim Furyk all were at 2 over and also missed the cut.