Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

PGA Championship: Rory McIlroy makes par after skipping ball on cart path

PGA Championship: Rory McIlroy makes par after skipping ball on cart path

He is three strokes under par after rounds of 69 and 70 but knows he will be at least five strokes out of the lead starting his third round Saturday.

Anirban Lahiri in action at the PGA Championship. With Sergio Garcia's popular victory at the Masters earlier this year, Fowler has in some minds inherited the dreaded title of "Best Golfer To Never Win A Major" - although Japan's Hideki Matsuyama is another strong contender for that moniker and another strong contender this weekend.

Former World number one and US PGA victor two years ago Jason Day was another who was moving into contention.

Italian Francesco Molinari matched Matsuyama's bogey-free 64 Friday by orchestrating his way around the course with five birdies and an eagle to get to five under for the tournament.

After a rain delay Friday afternoon softened the course and created prime scoring conditions, Spieth played even par once play resumed.

World number seven Jason Day has continued his march up the PGA Championship leaderboard after play was halted by bad weather midway through the second round. He finished fourth in this event last year and has placed in the top 15 in all three majors this year.

"I'm hitting the ball really nice and things are going my way". "Other than that, I would have been just fine".

"I can make up five shots in nine holes, let alone 36 holes", Thomas said. "I've hit some good shots and some loose shots".

But before that he bogeyed four times - on the first and then three in a row from seventh to ninth. The horn suspended play for darkness just before his chip shot onto the 18th green. I definitely hadn't had a lot of confidence in the driver.

Japanese Matsuyama had picked up three straight birdies to jump into second place at six-under after 14 holes, with Australian Day in third place at five-under after 10 holes.

HOW THE AUSSIES FARED: Day (77) slumped to even-par in a share of 16th; Marc Leishman (71) shares 47th at four-over; Adam Scott (74) dropped to eight-over, tied 68th.

The 28-year-old again displayed these characteristics of his recent form: streaky at times, but with the courage to pull himself back into the round. But I was not getting defensive.

"I had a little bit of a mini-rally at the end which I needed, but the four bogeys on the front nine (his back nine), that's just down to being out of position off the tee and not being able to get it very close with my second shot".

Defending champion Jimmy Walker made a 12-shot improvement on his first round 81, but still missed the cut.

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