Rain Suspends PGA Championship during Second Round


Gary Woodland holds a halfway one-shot lead, at 10 under for the championship, over Kevin Kisner as half of the field were forced to return for 7am local time on Saturday morning after storms forced an early postponement to the second round.

The PGA Championship is being contested with the Wanamaker Trophy on the line for the 100th time in its history this week, but while there were come hiccups on Friday, we are back rolling again on Saturday with Round 3 action at Bellerive Country Club.

The 48-year-old Mickelson played on his first U.S. Ryder Cup team in 1995 and has made every team since, including two years ago at Hazeltine, where the Americans won for just the third time in his 11 appearances. After two holes in his first round, he was three-over par.

The Memorial victor and Ryder Cup hopeful bogeyed three of his final six holes Saturday morning to miss the even-par cut by a single stroke.

Brooks Koepka and Charl Schwartzel took advantage of ideal scoring conditions at Bellerive, as both players shot 63 to vault up the leaderboard at the PGA Championship. It also tied the 36-hole record for all majors, matching Jordan Spieth at the 2015 Masters, Martin Kaymer at the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 and Brandt Snedeker (Royal Lytham & St. Annes in 2012) and Nick Faldo (Muirfield in 1992) at the British Open.

"It's going to be a long day", Fowler said. "But the nice thing about the delay and going back out tomorrow morning, we'll get fresh greens".

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If the 19-time PGA Tour victor is trying to add a second major to his resume, he'll need to make a lot more birdies the rest of the way.

Woodland shot a 66 and finished his day as leader in the clubhouse by one stroke with a score of 130, a record after two days at the PGA Championship. "The key is to get the ball in the fairway and attack from there".

He reached the par-5 eighth hole in two shots and two-putted for a birdie to climb to four under and six shots off the pace. "I didn't know if it was going to cover enough, but it looked like it just covered the bunker and rolled up there to about 5 feet".

"I missed two putts on 10 and 12 and that stopped momentum a bit, " he said in a brief interview before getting ready for the third round. "And when I stand over a golf ball putting as comfortable as I am right now, I'm pretty excited". If you're hitting it down in the fairway with the way the greens are designed, you can get the ball to about 15 feet on nearly every hole.

"In the practice rounds, I thought you've got a good chance of shooting a low score".

"Whether it's a poor shot through technique or lack of discipline or a mental block, I've been doing it a lot, and today I didn't".