Rory McIlroy He vowed to take an aggressive approach after surprisingly finding himself in contention for a third US PGA title at Oak Hill.
Despite continuing to struggle to get out of the tee, McIlroy ended up in a second round of 69, half the total equal, just five of the lead shared. Scottie SchefflerCorey Conners and Viktor Hovland.
First round leader Bryson DeChambeau and his American friend, Justin Suh, were ahead by one more stroke, two strokes behind, after a perfect 67 shot with England’s Callum Tarren, who was only on the court on Friday.
Masters runner-up Brooks Koepka was with Tarren thanks to a 66 containing four birds in the last seven holes.
Justin Rose only hit two fairways but somehow combined a second round of 70 with McIlroy and the former Open champion. Shane Lowry at par
“I think about how awful I felt on the ball, the fact that I was only five behind… I’m not saying it could be there with one of my best performances but when I got that (bird) shot it was the last one. I thought I couldn’t believe I was just five years old.
“If I can get the ball from the teeing point in the game, I’ll take a shot and at that point I can throw the ball high and bombard everything. I can shake it hard too and go for it.
Word of the Day
“To tell the truth, I feel like I have a match to compete this week”
Club pro Michael Block wasn’t content to just cut after two rounds of 70 put him up five.
shot of the day
Rory McIlroy was two above average that day, and on the ninth when he got down from 45 feet for the bird, he perhaps began to worry about making the cut.
tour of the day
Brooks Koepka made five holes in the back nine, including a tough 17th and 18th to card a fantastic 66.
stats of the day
Rory McIlroy may not have won a major since 2014, but he continues to collect some impressive numbers.
the easiest hole
The attainable par-4 14 played with an average of 3,878 and 41 players made a birdie.
The hardest hole
The 503-yard sixth hole was comfortably the hardest, with only three players birding, 24 players doing double bogey, and three players even worse, averaging 4,750.
An approaching low-pressure system and associated cold front will bring a strip of rain to the area through early afternoon Saturday morning and gradually subside for the remainder of the afternoon. On Sunday, partly cloudy skies and mild temperatures and drier conditions return from Saturday evening.
Significant tee times (all BST)
1840 Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry 1910 Justin Rose, Michael Block 1920 Callum Tarren, Taylor Pendrith 1930 Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau 1950 Scottie Scheffler, Corey Conners