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The Northern Irishman finally got off to the flying start he’s been missing at the majors in recent years, with a 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 Woods 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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PGA Championship leaderboard
-4: McIlroy, Ancer, Riley;
Others: Fitzpatrick, Cink (-3); Hatton, Smith, Woodland, Kuchar (-2); Spieth (+1); Woods (+3);
Will Zalatoris with the halfway lead at -9 after round of 65
Mito Pereira one stroke back at -8, with Justin Thomas 3rd on -6
Rory McIlroy five shots back, while Tiger Woods makes the cut
Cut line is at +4
Saturday 21 May 2022 00:55 , Michael Jones
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 and 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 Woods (+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.
Join us tomorrow when we’ll be back with all the live coverage of Day Three from the PGA Championship.
Saturday 21 May 2022 00:50 , Michael Jones
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
Saturday 21 May 2022 00:48 , Michael Jones
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) tomorrow.
Saturday 21 May 2022 00:42 , Michael Jones
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.
Saturday 21 May 2022 00:37 , Michael Jones
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 Woods (+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.
Saturday 21 May 2022 00:33 , Michael Jones
Bubba Watson’s (-5) amazing round goes on as he slots in for a birdie on 17 to move seven-under for the day.
Saturday 21 May 2022 00:27 , Michael Jones
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 and 65 putting him right at the top of the leaderboard.
Saturday 21 May 2022 00:23 , Michael Jones
‘Jordan, what are you doing?’ cries Spieth as he pulls his tee shot over to the right on 18th and finishes in the water.
‘Go, go!’ Is McIlroy’s response as he bombs a long iron straight down the middle of the fairway. He’s chasing a birdie here.
Saturday 21 May 2022 00:17 , Michael Jones
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.
Saturday 21 May 2022 00:13 , Michael Jones
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.
Saturday 21 May 2022 00:10 , Michael Jones
Will Zalatoris! He’s left himself a six-foot putt for birdie on the 17th after a sublime second shot out of the wild rough. The American moves into the outright lead at (-9).
He’s got one hole left to navigate and hasn’t made a bogey today. Can he get into the clubhouse on double figures?
Saturday 21 May 2022 00:03 , Michael Jones
What a round from Mito Pereira! He just misses out on an eighth birdie of the day and settles for par on the ninth hole (his 18th). He’s six-under for the day and takes a share of the lead into the clubhouse at (-8).
Will Zalatoris (-8) could still birdie the last couple of holes but that won’t take away from this round by the Chilean. Superb stuff.
Friday 20 May 2022 23:59 , Michael Jones
Nicely done from Tiger Woods who completes his birdie on the 16th to move to (+3). Jordan Spieth knocks in a six-footer for par and Rory McIlroy follows him in from four feet.
Two holes left for this grouping.
Friday 20 May 2022 23:53 , Michael Jones
Tiger Woods is right on the line of the cut which is currently projected at (+4). He’ll feel a lot better about his chances after his second on 16. A iron from the fairway right into the green. The bounce is friendly and the ball finishes about six-feet from the hole.
Friday 20 May 2022 23:45 , Michael Jones
Tiger and Rory enjoy a joke and a smile as they head down the 16th fairway. Woods is safely in play but McIlroy has found the sand just as he did yesterday.
Mito Pereira has put in the round of the day so far. He’s six under thru 17 with seven birdies and a bogey. He’ll have a chance on the ninth hole to pick up another shot too.
Friday 20 May 2022 23:42 , Michael Jones
Jordan Spieth continues on his merry way with a birdie on the 15th to move to (+1).
A couple of holes back Bubba Watson (-3) drops a shot on 13 after finding getting into trouble off the tee and then finding the bunker.
Friday 20 May 2022 23:32 , Michael Jones
There’s a tie at the top of the leaderboard. Mito Pereira birdies the seventh (his 16th) to join Will Zalatoris at eight under. They’ve both got two shots on the nearest challenger which is Justin Thomas who posted a round of 67 earlier in the day.
Friday 20 May 2022 23:29 , Michael Jones
Will Zalatoris has the chance to extend his lead to two but sweeps his birdie chance on the 15th just to the left of the hole.
Bubba Watson moves to four-under with a birdie on 13. There are a few folks making hay this afternoon.
Friday 20 May 2022 23:26 , Michael Jones
Tyrell’s on the charge! Four birdies in a row on the back nine for him puts him alongside Rory McIlroy at (-4).
Friday 20 May 2022 23:24 , Michael Jones
Brilliant stuff from Tiger Woods to roll a 10-footer in on the 14th to save par and stay on the right side of the cut line. Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth both tap in for pars of their own. Another hole safely navigated.
Friday 20 May 2022 23:22 , Michael Jones
Will Zalatoris’ run of birdies comes to an end at the par-3 14th as his tee shot goes over the back of the green. He chips his second close though and taps in for par.
He’s picked up four birdies in a bogey free round so far today.
Friday 20 May 2022 23:11 , Michael Jones
Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy chip in close after laying up on the par-5 13th. McIlroy has a long look at the line. He drops it off the top ledge and the putt squeezes by to the right. It’s a par.
Tiger’s turn. His is a slight left-to-righter and you can tell it drops by the roar from the crowd. He’s back to (+4) and on the verge of making the cut once again.
Friday 20 May 2022 23:04 , Michael Jones
A birdie at 12, a birdie at 13 and a birdie at 14 moves Tyrell Hatton up to (-3). After a frustrating front nine Hatton is starting to get his rewards.
Friday 20 May 2022 23:00 , Michael Jones
Back-to-back birdies for Mito Pereira (-7) puts him alongside Will Zalatoris but the American responds with a birdie at 13 to move back into the outright lead at (-8). There’s some daylight beginning to appear at the top of the leaderboard.
Friday 20 May 2022 22:55 , Michael Jones
Will Zalatoris (-7) thru 12
Justin Thomas (-6) - 67
Mito Pereira (-6) thru 13
Rory McIlroy (-4) thru 12
Abraham Ancer (-4) thru 11
Friday 20 May 2022 22:53 , Michael Jones
One back for Rory! He confidently strides towards the hole and follows his birdie putt in on 12. That’s McIlroy’s first birdie of the day and he’s got the par-5 13th up next.
Friday 20 May 2022 22:50 , Michael Jones
A turkey for Bubba Watson (-3) has suddenly shot him into contention. That’s three birdies in a row across nine, 10 and 11 for the Floridian who is playing alongside Justin Rose (-1).
Justin Thomas overcomes testing conditions to set clubhouse target at PGA Championship
Friday 20 May 2022 22:50 , Michael Jones
Former champion Justin Thomas overcame testing conditions to set the clubhouse target on day two of the 104th US PGA Championship.
Thomas, who lifted the Wanamaker Trophy at Quail Hollow in 2017, carded a second-consecutive 67 at Southern Hills for a halfway total of 134, six under par.
That took the world number one a shot ahead of overnight leader Rory McIlroy, who was among the later starters on Friday as he continued his bid to win a fifth major title and first since 2014.
Friday 20 May 2022 22:47 , Michael Jones
Hello, has Rory McIlroy come out to play? A three wood off the tee on 12 followed by a glorious iron sets up another birdie opportunity. If this one goes in he may start moving in the right direction again.
Will Zalatoris (-7) has just shown him how to do it. The American moves into the outright lead with a birdie of his own on the 12th.
Friday 20 May 2022 22:40 , Michael Jones
Mito Pereira (-6) has a share of the lead thru 13 holes after a birdie on the fourth hole. The Chilean is going well with five birdies and a bogey so far in his round.
Friday 20 May 2022 22:38 , Michael Jones
Oh no. In big trouble off the tee on 11, Woods misses a crucial putt for a bogey and has to settle for a double. He’s up to (+5) and as it stands he’ll miss the cut. Work to do for Tiger.
Jordan Spieth (+2) also gives a shot back on the par-3 as Rory McIlroy knocks in for a par.
Friday 20 May 2022 22:35 , Michael Jones
Will Zalatoris (-6) takes a share of the lead after a two on 11. He’s got a few scoreable holes still to come so is in a great position right now.
Friday 20 May 2022 22:30 , Michael Jones
From heroes to zeros for Woods and Spieth who both go wild on the par-3 11th. Spieth scuffs his tee shot well wide over to the right and Woods is bordering the out of bounds marker at the back of the green.
Rory McIlroy is safely on the dancefloor.
Friday 20 May 2022 22:27 , Michael Jones
Tiger Woods (+3) and Jordan Spieth (+1) both roll their birdie efforts right into the middle of the cup on the 10th. Perfect start to the back nine for Rory’s playing partners.
Friday 20 May 2022 22:24 , Michael Jones
Four birdies in five holes for Justin Rose moves him back to level par for the tournament. He goes in 33 over the front nine and is firmly on the charge.
Rory McIlroy’s birdie putt swings agonisingly underneath the hole on the 10th. They were dropping for him yesterday.
Friday 20 May 2022 22:20 , Michael Jones
Spieth, Woods and McIlroy are all safely on the green on the 10th with birdie putts to come. McIlroy will be up first and what he wouldn’t give to knock this one in.
Matt Fitzpatrick in contention at PGA Championship despite being no fan of Southern Hills
Friday 20 May 2022 22:15 , Michael Jones
Four days and two competitive rounds later, the world number 17 might have to change his tune after playing his way into contention for a first major title in Tulsa.
Fitzpatrick overcame a swirling wind to add a second round of 69 to his opening 68 and lie just three shots off the clubhouse lead held by 2017 champion Justin Thomas.
Friday 20 May 2022 22:12 , Michael Jones
A solid end to the front nine for Cameron Smith (-4) who birdies the ninth to move two-under par for the day with no bogeys.
Mito Pereira (-5) moves within one of the lead thru 11. Everyone seems to be heading in the right direction except for Rory McIlroy. Can he respond with a good back nine?
Friday 20 May 2022 22:08 , Michael Jones
Justin Rose (+1) got his round off to a shocking start with a double bogey on the second but he’s turned it around. Three birdies on holes five, six and eight with a chip in to save par on seven. Momentum is fully on his side right now.
Friday 20 May 2022 22:06 , Michael Jones
Tiger Woods (+4) gets the fans cheering again with his approach to the ninth green. Stuck in the rough over on the left, he flicks it into the green, skips it up towards the hole and leaves it within eight feet. Lovely.
Jordan Spieth (+2) does well to get inside his effort but Rory McIlroy (-3) is looking at another par save.
Friday 20 May 2022 21:55 , Michael Jones
Good save from Jordan Spieth (+2) to record a par on the eighth. So to does Rory McIlroy (-3).
Abraham Ancer (-4) immediately pulls a shot back after a bogey on the 16th. The Mexican is now one-under for the round.
Friday 20 May 2022 21:49 , Michael Jones
Meanwhile, Tom Hoge’s run of birdies goes on his recorded a three on the par-4 15th to collect his third birdie in a row and now moves within a shot of the lead.
Friday 20 May 2022 21:46 , Michael Jones
No-one’s on the green after their tee shots on the par-3 eighth. Rory McIlroy is probably in the best position just off the cut at the back. Spieth has found the sand over to the right.
Pars are the best looking outcomes right now.
Friday 20 May 2022 21:40 , Michael Jones
Missed! Another unforced error from Rory (-3) seems him drop to two-over for the day.
Friday 20 May 2022 21:38 , Michael Jones
Par for Woods on seven after a dainty chip from the right edge of the green. Rory McIlroy has the full length of the green to traverse with his first putt but leaves it a fair way short and faces a tricky putt for par.
Jordan Spieth follows Tiger in for a four to remain at (+2). This is a big putt coming up for McIlroy, it could just spark him into life.
Friday 20 May 2022 21:34 , Michael Jones
Fine work from Tom Hoge (-4) who put his two early bogeys behind him and is back to level par for the day with consecutive birdies on 13 and 14.
He moves back to within two of the leader, Justin Thomas.
Friday 20 May 2022 21:32 , Michael Jones
Rory McIlroy just looks a little off his game so far but he’s found the green in two on the seventh and will have an outside chance to claim a birdie.
Woods and Spieth both go wide.
Friday 20 May 2022 21:27 , Michael Jones
Cameron Smith (-3) just hasn’t got to grips with the speed of the greens and leaves another birdie putt short of the hole on the sixth.
Abraham Ancer (-4) responds to his dropped shot on 14 with a par on the 15th.
Friday 20 May 2022 21:21 , Michael Jones
No, but he kept everyone interested by skirting the left edge of the hole. A cheeky grin comes out as the ball rolls by but it’s a good par.
At (+3) Woods is still hovering near the cut off and will want some of these putts to start dropping to ease the pressure.
Friday 20 May 2022 21:19 , Michael Jones
Good judge of speed down the hill from Rory McIlroy who nestles his birdie effort right up next to the hole. He’ll be one-over thru the first six holes.
Close! Jordan Spieth sets his birdie chance off on the right line but it just finishes an inch or two short of the hole. Can Tiger go one better?
Friday 20 May 2022 21:17 , Michael Jones
One-over thru four for Tom Hoge who gets a shot back on the par-5 13th.
Chris Kirk joins him at (-3) thru eight with a birdie of his own on the 17th. He’d previously notched up seven straight pars.
Friday 20 May 2022 21:13 , Michael Jones
Dancefloor, dancefloor, dancefloor.
Woods, Spieth and McIlroy are all safely on the green at the par-3 sixth.
Friday 20 May 2022 21:09 , Michael Jones
Abraham Ancer’s good start hits a stumbling block on the par-3 14th as he misses out on a par and drops back to (-4) alongside Rory McIlroy who has to settle for a par on the fifth.
Tiger Woods (+3) is off the mark though as he guides his birdie putt home for a four.
Friday 20 May 2022 21:05 , Michael Jones
Oh Tiger! 110-yards away from the pin and he floats this third onto the dancefloor and leaves it within six-feet for birdie.
Spieth is also on the green in three but he’s a long way from the hole. McIlroy’s second found the bunker on the far side of the green and his third is flipped over towards the flag but he’s left a tricky uphill putt for birdie.
Friday 20 May 2022 21:00 , Michael Jones
In trouble off the tee on the fifth Jordan Spieth lays up with a low second shot into the middle of the fairway. He’ll have a chance to make birdie from their.
Tiger Woods does something similar and dinks his second over to the left side of the fairway. It looks to be heading into the thick stuff but a fortuitous bounces kicks the ball back in play.
Friday 20 May 2022 20:58 , Michael Jones
Abraham Ancer (-5) collects back-to-back birdies on 12 and 13 to move within one of the lead. It’s been a great start to the round for the Mexican.
Mito Pereira (-4) birdies 16 to recover the shot he dropped on the 12th.
Friday 20 May 2022 20:51 , Michael Jones
‘Four left!’ That’s never a good thing to hear as Jordan Spieth follows up his birdie on the fourth with a wild drive into the rough over to the left of the fairway.
Tiger Woods drills his effort down the middle of the fairway but Rory McIlroy follows Spieth into the crowd. Where is that one going to end up?
The saving grace for Spieth and McIlroy is that this is a par-5 and both can recover from these opening strokes.
Friday 20 May 2022 20:39 , Michael Jones
Lovely from Jordan Spieth! He picks up his first birdie of the day with a right-to-left eight footer that curls into the middle of the cup. Spieth’s back to (+2).
Tiger and Rory both tidy up for pars on the fourth.
Friday 20 May 2022 20:37 , Michael Jones
No joy for McIlroy (-4) as he misreads his birdie effort. He hangs it out to the right and waits for it to swing back towards the hole but it doesn’t.
The current cut projection is at +3 so this 25-footer would be useful for Tiger Woods (+4). He certainly gives it enough pace but misses to the right.
Friday 20 May 2022 20:34 , Michael Jones
Will Zalatoris (-5) and Cameron Smith (-3) both see birdie putts slide past the hole on the fourth and have to settle for pars.
Rory McIlroy’s 312-yard drive on the fourth leaves him with a 55-yard chip that he dinks onto the dancefloor to set up a chance for birdie.
Friday 20 May 2022 20:27 , Michael Jones
Abraham Ancer (-4) moves to within two of the lead after rolling in a lengthy birdie putt on the 12th. He’s one-under thru three for the day.
Friday 20 May 2022 20:25 , Michael Jones
Tiger Woods has found the range with the putter and rolls another 40-45 footer right up to the hole on the third but he has to settle for the par.
Spieth rolls his birdie attempt along the right edge of the hole and can’t believe it didn’t drop.
McIlroy’s chipped to within a couple of feet and tidies up for a four.
Pars all round on the third.
Friday 20 May 2022 20:19 , Michael Jones
McIlroy leaves his approach shot short of the green and Woods’ nine iron from 140-yards finishes a long way from the pin.
Jordan Spieth is in pole position on the third green with just over 10-feet to go for a birdie.
Friday 20 May 2022 20:17 , Michael Jones
Will Zalatoris (-5) holds out for a par on the third from around seven or eight feet. That’s back-to-back par saves for the American which can be as equally important as birdies when you’re trying to win a major tournament.
Friday 20 May 2022 20:13 , Michael Jones
No problems for Tiger on the third tee as he belts his drive down the middle. Jordan Spieth whips his tee shot right to left and lands a few yards in front of Woods.
McIlroy has a similar idea to swing it in from over the trees and drives it 310 yards or so but again his ball finishes in the thicker cut.
Friday 20 May 2022 20:09 , Michael Jones
It’s a bogey. His effort for par had the right line but not enough pace and McIlroy leaves it a couple of inches short. He drops a shot to move back to (-4).
Jordan Spieth (+3) and Tiger Woods (+4) are safely in for pars.
Friday 20 May 2022 20:07 , Michael Jones
McIlroy has a tough chip from the back side of the green as he’s standing above the ball on a slope. He doesn’t catch it quite right and the ball goes past the hole and rolls into the thicker cut. That’s not going to be an easy putt for par.
Friday 20 May 2022 20:05 , Michael Jones
‘Sit, sit, sit, sit...’ cries Jordan Spieth as bumps his approach to the second onto the front of the green. It’s a good one and slows down enough to leave him with a chance for birdie.
McIlroy has another par to save after he lofts his second over to the far side and just off the back of the putting surface.
After finding the bunker with his approach shot Tiger Woods flicks it out and leaves it within two feet for par. Lovely shot from Tiger.
Friday 20 May 2022 20:01 , Michael Jones
On the second tee, Woods, McIlroy and Spieth all find the right-hand rough. There’ll be a few tricky second shots coming up, especially with the bunkers around the edges of the green.
Will Zalatoris (-5) tidies up for a par on the second green after his birdie effort swings underneath the hole.
Friday 20 May 2022 19:59 , Michael Jones
Joaquin Niemann had a very eventful finish with a string of birdies before finishing with a birdie to end the round one-over for the day but (-1) for the tournament.
Friday 20 May 2022 19:53 , Michael Jones
Oh close! The whole crowd circling the first green were willing the ball to drop as Tiger Woods slides a 40ft putt for birdie right up to the hole.
He settles for par and so does McIlroy but Spieth falls back to (+3) with an opening hole bogey.
Friday 20 May 2022 19:50 , Michael Jones
It’s a confident chip from Rory who knocks his third shot to within a couple of feet and should knock that one in for a par.
Speaking of pars, Matt Fitzpatrick (-3) gets home with a second round 69 after two scrambling pars on his closing two holes. He’ll be very pleased with how he closed out that round of golf.
Friday 20 May 2022 19:48 , Michael Jones
Spieth tries a bump and run for his third onto the green but leaves it well short of the hole and looks likely to make an opening bogey.
McIlroy attempts something similar with his second shot from 97 yards but comes up short of the putting surface. Not a gret start for either man.
Woods at least will have a putt for birdie.
Friday 20 May 2022 19:45 , Michael Jones
Tiger Woods ended up in the rough stuff over to the right of the fairway. His second shot is lofted high and fades around the nearby trees before softly landing on the green.
Jordan Spieth hits a branch as he tries to find a way through the trees and he’ll have a tricky up-and-down to save par.
Friday 20 May 2022 19:41 , Michael Jones
Just up ahead of this trio is Will Zalatoris (-5) who’s just birdied his opening hole to move within one of the lead. He’s a determined golfer who’s strong with the putter and as long as he can find the fairways off the tee he’ll be there or thereabouts at the end of the day.
Friday 20 May 2022 19:39 , Michael Jones
Over on the first tee, Jordan Spieth (+2) is in trouble immediately with a drive into the rough on the left. Rory McIlroy (-5) follows him down that side but he may have just snuck his ball back into the fairway, he’s into the thicker cut at the worst.
Tiger Woods (+4) meanwhile slices his drive over to the right side of the fairway and gets the crowd cheering.
Friday 20 May 2022 19:36 , Michael Jones
Matt Fitzpatrick (-3) picks up a birdie on the seventh but more impressively holds onto the shot by rolling a 15-footer in on the par-3 eighth for a par.
One hole to go for him can he get another birdie for a round of 68?
Friday 20 May 2022 19:31 , Michael Jones
Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy are about to get their second rounds underway. At (+4) Tiger is fighting a battle to make the cut, Spieth (+2) is hoping to get into the red where he can launch a challenge at the weekend and McIlroy (-5) is trying to recover the lead from Justin Thomas.
Friday 20 May 2022 19:27 , Michael Jones
Chile’s Mito Pereira (-4) isn’t messing about here. He’s kicked off his round on the 10th hole and gone birdie-birdie to move within two of Justin Thomas.
Friday 20 May 2022 19:20 , Michael Jones
There’s some big names already missing the weekend. Dustin Johnson (+6), Sergio Garcia (+6) and Scottie Scheffler (+6) all look likely to miss the cut which is currently at +3.
Brooks Koepka (+2) and Jon Rahm (+2) may just sneak through depending on how the evening’s tee offs go. They should be safe.
Friday 20 May 2022 19:18 , Michael Jones
A bit of reaction from Justin Thomas now who explained to Sky Sports how he approached today’s round.
“The greens are soft and receptive enough that if you land it on the green it is not going to get too far away from you.” he said. “I enjoyed it a lot. It brings out a good part of my game and I am comfortable with it. Playing well definitely helps, I don’t really worry about my golf swing or mechanics.
“I am just stepping into each shot and trying to start the ball on a proper line and get it to come down in a certain area and hit a certain trajectory and hopefully it ends out as a 67 like today.
“I really wanted to at least have the lead when I finished. You never know what is going to happen, selfishly I hope these boys get a little bit of wind for what we dealt with this morning.”
Friday 20 May 2022 19:15 , Michael Jones
Jon Rahm (+2) gets into the clubhouse with a round of 69. He’ll make the weekend.
Scottie Scheffler is in real danger of missing the cut. The Masters Champion has picked up four bogeys and a birdie on the last nine holes and has a tricky putt for bogey on the ninth.
Scheffler sends it wide and drops two more shots to finish (+6) after that double bogey. That’s not going to be good enough to make the cut.
Friday 20 May 2022 19:02 , Michael Jones
Joaqiun Niemann recovers the shot he dropped on four by utilising the par-5 fifth and collecting a birdie. He’s back up to (-3) and is just three behind the leader which is currently Justin Thomas.
Friday 20 May 2022 18:59 , Michael Jones
Jon Rahm finds the bunker to the right side of the green and gives a shot back to the course on the eighth to move back to (+2) which is still one-under for the day. He’ll be wondering how he hasn’t made more of a move up the leaderboard as he’s played some nice golf today.
Friday 20 May 2022 18:53 , Michael Jones
Matt Fitzpatrick decides to lay up on the par-5 fifth and only leaves himself a wedge onto the green. It’s a poor third shot though and leaves the Englishman with 25-feet for birdie that he goes on to miss.
It’s a par but he’ll feel as though he’s left a shot out of the course.
Friday 20 May 2022 18:47 , Michael Jones
Justin Thomas (-6) - 67
Rory McIlroy (-5) - 7:36pm tee time
Will Zalatoris (-4) - 7:25pm tee time
Tom Hoge (-4) - 8:06pm tee time
Abrham Ancer (-3) - 7:42pm tee time
Matt Kuchar (-3) - 7:20pm tee time
What a great day for Justin Thomas.
Friday 20 May 2022 18:44 , Michael Jones
Joaquin Niemann (-2) continues to fall down the leaderboard after a bogey at the fourth.
Justin Thomas’ approach to the ninth green is glorious. He leaves an eight-footer for birdie and the outright lead. It’s dead straight and he makes it!
Thomas moves ahead of Rory McIlroy with a round of 67 in testing conditions. That’s a great round of golf from the American.
Friday 20 May 2022 18:39 , Michael Jones
A closing bogey for Brooks Koepka puts him into the clubhouse on (+2) but he’ll be proud of the way he hung in there for most of the day. He records a second round 67 and looks set to make the weekend.
Friday 20 May 2022 18:37 , Michael Jones
When these groups first headed out on the course to the wind was howling close to 30 miles per hour and now it’s down to around 15mph.
Better conditions for the late tee offs including Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods.
Friday 20 May 2022 18:35 , Michael Jones
Matt Fitzpatrick picks up his first bogey on the day after finding the bunker on the fourth and failing to save par. He drops to (-2) and shakes his head in frustration.
Friday 20 May 2022 18:33 , Michael Jones
The wheels have come off for Dustin Johnson (+6). He finds the water near the green on the seventh and then overhits his shot to the green after a drop.
DJ’s going to drop another couple of shots and with the projected cut currently at +4 he’s not going to make the weekend.
Friday 20 May 2022 18:29 , Michael Jones
It’s been a very good day so far for Justin Thomas. He lands on the middle of the green on the eighth then rolls a long 30 foot putt up to the side of the hole and taps it in for a par.
One more hole to navigate and he’ll lead in the clubhouse.
Friday 20 May 2022 18:21 , Michael Jones
Brooks Koepka has come alive. Birdies at the third, the fifth and the eighth has moved him to (+1) for the tournament and probably secured him a spot at the weekend. He’ll definitely make it if he can birdie the ninth for a second round 65.
Friday 20 May 2022 18:16 , Michael Jones
Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth have arrived at the course. They’re heading out with Rory McIlroy in just over an hour’s time.
Aaron Wise (-3) birdies the first hole and moves within two of the lead.
Friday 20 May 2022 18:08 , Michael Jones
Fitzpatrick hits the sand on the fourth and has to play a recovery shot into the wind.
Scottie Scheffler records a six on the par-5 fifth to drop back to (+3). Further behind Joaquin Niemann falls back to (-3) after picking up a five on the par-4 second hole. As bogeys go that was a good one as he could easily have been staring at a double there.
Friday 20 May 2022 17:58 , Michael Jones
Rory McIlroy remained the man to catch as windy conditions made scoring difficult in the second round of the 104th US PGA Championship.
Due to the forecast for gusts up to 40mph, the greens had not been cut before play got under way on Friday in a bid to prevent balls moving on the undulating surfaces at Southern Hills.
And with the weather due to improve as the day wore on, McIlroy’s tee time of 13:36 local time (19:36 BST) had the potential to prove significantly advantageous in his bid to end an eight-year major drought.
Friday 20 May 2022 17:54 , Michael Jones
A rocky start to the front nine for Scottie Scheffler (+2) sees him collect consecutive bogeys on the first and second but he’s responded well. A par on the third is followed up with a birdie on the fourth.
Friday 20 May 2022 17:46 , Michael Jones
Take a bow JT! He’s not satisfied with a par on the fifth and rolls his birdie putt across the middle of the green with a little right to left swing and nestles it into the middle of the hole.
He moves to the top of the leaderboard alongside Rory McIlroy.
Friday 20 May 2022 17:39 , Michael Jones
Justin Thomas is in trouble off the tee on the fifth and sacrifices a shot on the par-5 to get back in play. He laces his third 212-yards with a six iron and lands it right in the middle of the green. The flag is positioned over to the left and a two-putt would be a great result for him.
Friday 20 May 2022 17:35 , Michael Jones
Solid play from Brooks Koepka who’s having a decent front nine. He picks up birdies on the third and the par-5 fifth to move up to (+2), two-under for the day.
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