Tulsa, Akla. – Last in the second round of the PGA Championship (all local):
Early charges by Justin Thomas and Chilean Joaquin Neiman in the second round of the PGA Championship allowed them to join the group one shot away from leader Rory McIlroy.
Thomas briefly earned a 5-share lead on the windy South Hills with two birds in his first four holes before repelling a hit on the fifth. Thomas won the PGA Championship in 2017.
Neiman is one of six Latinos participating in this year’s tournament, the most in its history. Neiman spent his first and third holes of the day to quickly reach 4 below.
McIlroy plays in the afternoon. The Northern Irishman is chasing his fifth major in his career and first since the 2014 PGA Championship.
First world champion and Masters champion Scotty Scheffler started his second round at the PGA Championship after posting 1 more on a difficult opening day.
Scheffler’s group includes world number two John Ram and number three Colin Morikov. Everyone struggled with over-rounds in the heat on Thursday afternoon. This morning they face windy conditions in pursuit of the weekend. Morning forecast for Southern Hills includes wind gusts up to 35 miles per hour.
The group started at number 10. Scheffler’s round had just begun when his first hit on par-3 on the 11th from 72 feet just flew over the left edge of the cup.
Justin Thomas spent his first hole of the day at number 10 to join the group with 4 minor ones, one shot behind leader Rory McIlroy.
Rory McIlroy takes the lead in the second round of the PGA Championship at South Hills, where a crowded leaderboard will be chased and Tiger Woods will struggle to make it through.
Woods comes out this morning alongside McIlroy, who opened from 5 to 65, and Jordan Spit, who had his own fight during the 72nd on Thursday. Woods shot 74 after five scarecrows during eight holes and two more to finish.
Will Zalataris and Tom Hodge will start the first day behind McIlroy, who is trying to add a fifth major and third PGA title, eight years after his last in a memorable 2014 season in which he lifted both the Wannamaker Trophy and Claret Jug.
Among others on the top of the list are former PGA champion Justin Thomas, who is looking for a second major five years later, and Cameron Smith, who won The Players Championship in March.
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