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PGA Championship: Round 2 Recap

A whole host of Americans and South Africans are at the top of the PGA Championship leaderboard, lead by the experienced duo of Phil Mickelson and Louis Oosthuizen.

PGA Championship second-round leaderboard
-5
P Mickelson (US), Louis Oosthuizen (SA); -4 B Koepka (US); -3 B Grace (SA), C Bezuidenhout (SA), H Matsuyama (Jpn); -2 C Conners (Can), G Woodland (US), K Streelman (US), S Im (S Kor), P Casey (Eng)

Selected others: -1 B DeChambeau (US); +1 C Morikawa (US); +3 J Rahm (Spa), R McIlroy (NI); +4 J Spieth (US); +5 J Day (Aus), P Reed (US)

Corey Conners was one of the early starters on day two, hoping to add to his overnight lead. 

Unfortunately, an indifferent start didn’t help the Canadian as he went bogey-birdie-bogey-bogey-bogey-bogey-birdie for his first seven holes. 

While Conners was going the wrong way, the likes of Phil Mickelson and Ian Poulter were making a charge for the lead. 

The latter had gone through the first 11 holes in six-under, but bogeys on 13, 14, 16 and 17 ruined what would have been the best round of the day. 

Chances galore

An amazing weekend of golf awaits fans with some of the world’s best in with a chance of taking the title. 

Brooks Koepka is one shot closer to the top after a round of 71, and an excellent 68 has put Hideki Matsuyama two shots adrift the leaders. 

The Japanese superstar won the Masters in April, and looks set to add a second, at the first attempt. 

Another player with a chance is Paul Casey. He is one of only six players to hit two rounds under par – pair of 71s – which is typical of the Englishman.

Rory still has a chance

Rory McIlroy is currently eight shots behind the leaders, but it could have been so different. He started with a birdie, and then dropped a shot immediately at the 2nd. 

From the 3rd hole to the 15th, McIllroy had a total of 11 putts for birdie, missing, eight of them. 

Four of those missed putts were from around 15ft, and another from 8ft. 

That frustration turned to sheer annoyance as the Northern Irishman ended up bogeying the last three holes. 

If able to produce a similar performance in round three, but be more clinical from around 15ft, he will be in with a chance come Sunday.  

Better luck next time

Plenty of big names missed the cut at the PGA Championship which was set at +6. The most high-profile players going home early are Dustin (Johnson), and Justin (Thomas). 

Too many wayward shots, and a whole host of missed putts didn’t help either player. Could be worse though, unless you’re Zach Johnson. 

The American could have made the cut, but missed out by three shots thanks to a 10 at the 2nd. Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott, and Marc Leishman are all going home, too. 

With two rounds to go, there are so many possible headlines to be made. We could have back-to-back major wins for Matsuyama, an unlikely win for a PGA legend, or the comeback of all comebacks! What a weekend it could be at Kiawah Island!

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