PGA Championship: Second Round review
Jason Dufner surges into the lead after 36 holes
After the second round of the PGA Championship, there was a change at the top of the leaderboard, with Jason Dufner providing the crowds with a course record 63, to take a two shot lead into the weekend.
A runner up in this same competition two years ago, after losing a play-off to fellow American Keegan Bradley, Dufner started the day at two-under par and five shots behind the overnight leaders Adam Scott and Jim Furyk.
But, with a later tee off time, the world number 21 took full advantage of the softer conditions at Oak Hill to go round with five birdies and an eagle, finishing nine under-par after 36 holes.
The 36 year-old from Ohio also had his chance at history, when giving himself a birdie opportunity at the last to card a 62, which would have been the lowest score ever in a major championship, unfortunately just leaving his putt short and instead tie the record. However, not too discouraged with his performance, Dufner described his course record as a, “remarkable feat and something I’ll always remember.”
With wetter conditions earlier in the round, it made greens far more receptive for the players, resulting in a huge number of birdies for Friday’s play. There are 11 players within just five shots of Dufner’s benchmark with still two rounds left to go, and one of them is England’s Justin Rose who pulled off an unbelievable six under-par front nine (his back nine), to head the British challenge after the likes of Lee Westwood and Paul Casey faltered in their second rounds, but Rose sits just three behind at six under-par.
As for the overnight leaders Scott and Furyk, they both again couldn't be separated scoring 68s respectively, and finished in a tie for second alongside American Matt Kuchar. His fine four under-par round gives him a huge chance to claim a first major championship, going into Saturday’s play.
Tiger Woods stuttered on day two and could only manage a level-par 70, remaining at one-over for the tournament, and ten shots behind the leader. So it seems that the world number 1’s five year wait for a major will continue, bar any miracles with just two rounds left to play.
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