Follow all the action from the second round at Southern Hills as Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods among late starters
The Northern Irishman finally got off to the flying start he’s been missing at the majors in recent years, med en spectacular round of 65 on Thursday giving him a slender advantage over a strong chasing pack.
That lead was eliminated early on Friday as Justin thomas overcame testing conditions to post his second consecutive round of 67 and set a clubhouse target of -6.
McIlroy will try to overhaul that total over the course of his round, with the likes of Will Zalatoris, Tom Hoge, Mito Pereira, Cameron Smith and Abraham Ancer also looking to make moves later on Friday. Tiger skog made a promising start on Thursday but tailed off badly as his iron-play wavered and the 15-time major champion is now fighting to make the cut in the same group as McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, who is hoping to improve on a round of +2 on day one.
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There’s been a lot of movement on Day Two at the PGA Championship. Will Zalatoris proved that his round of 66 yesterday was no fluke and he bettered it with a five-under par 65 today to take a one shot lead into the weekend.
Mito Pereira (-8) and Bubba Watson (-5) came from nowhere with rounds of 64 og 63 respective to give themselves a great chance over the next two rounds and despite a round of one-over par for Rory McIlroy (-4) he’s still in contention.
Tiger skog (+3) battled his way to make the cut and will be one of the early players out on Saturday. It’s all shaping up for a cracking finish at Southern Hills Country Club.
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Will Zalatoris (-9) – 65
Mito Pereira (-8) – 64
Justin thomas (-6) – 67
Bubba Watson (-5) – 63
Rory McIlroy (-4) – 71
Abraham Ancer (-4) – 69
Davis Riley (-4) thru 16
Bubba Watson misses out on a record equalling round of 62 as he makes par on the 18th. Nine birdies and two bogeys gives him a round of 63 and he’ll be partnering Justin Thomas (-6) i morgen.
Bubba Watson is going to have another chance to collect a birdie. He’s on the 18th green in two after narrowly avoiding the creek. Watson is a long way from the hole though but this is his day and it won’t be a surprise if he knocks it in.
After hitting his tee shot on 18 into the water Jordan Spieth ends his round with a bogey. He goes into the clubhouse on (+1).
Tiger skog (+3) makes the cut with a par at the last and Rory McIlroy (-4) remains in contention. It was Rory’s day today but the others have shown that big scores are achievable and he’s only five off the lead heading into the weekend.
Bubba Watson’s (-5) amazing round goes on as he slots in for a birdie on 17 to move seven-under for the day.
Will Zalatoris pars the last and records a five-under par round of 65.
He’ll be the leader after the first 36 holes with rounds of 66 og 65 putting him right at the top of the leaderboard.
‘Jordan, Hva gjør du?’ cries Spieth as he pulls his tee shot over to the right on 18th and finishes in the water.
‘Go, gå!’ Is McIlroy’s response as he bombs a long iron straight down the middle of the fairway. He’s chasing a birdie here.
Tiger seems to be hurting. He makes a big par save on 17 to require a five or less on the final hole to ensure he’s here for the weekend but he limps away towards the 18th tee.
Jordan Spieth has fought all day for opportunities and he’s collected two birdies in three holes to move to level par for the tournament.
Rory McIlroy makes a four too and will head down the last five shots off the lead.
The contrast between this morning’s conditions and the ones right now is chalk and cheese. The wind has died right down and there are plentiful birdie opportunities.
Justin Thomas put in a fabulous round of golf earlier today and three-under was the best he could hope for. Will Zalatoris is currently five-under for the day and Mito Pereira has already recorded a six-under par 64.