Day 2 at QUAIL HOLLOW (play suspended)
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Ryan Fox: After hitting only three fairways in the opening round of his first PGA Championship — and first pro event on American soil — shooting a 75, Fox kept the ball in play Friday and it paid off in a big way. The New Zealander turned in a 5-under 66 to go from a possible short week to red numbers. He enters the weekend 1 under.
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Soren Kjeldsen: Six shots back to open the second round, Kjeldsen began to tumble almost immediately. He made five bogeys on the front nine and ended his day at 9 over par, 62 spots lower than his starting position and well below the cut line.
On the course with …
Rory McIlroy: Standing at the bottom of a hill over his second shot on the par-5 10th hole, McIlroy punched a 6-iron from about 100 yards away from the pin. It skipped twice along the cart path with so much speed that it went into a bunker, out of a bunker and across the green until it settled in the rough on the other side. He chipped to a foot and tapped it in for par. Just like you drew it up, Rory? “The only option I had,” he said.
At age 50, U.S. Presidents Cup captain Steve Stricker isn’t slowing down. Five days after finishing tied for third at the 3M Championship in Blaine, Stricker will make the cut in his 26th straight major. He shot 1 under, missing two eagle putts, Friday but is 3 over for the championship and feels good about his play. “I wanted to be around this weekend,” said Stricker, who last missed a cut in a major at the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine.
• Defending champion Jimmy Walker improved 12 shots — from an 81 to a 69 — but will miss the cut.
• Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth, ranked No. 1 and 2 in the world, combined to make two birdies.
• D.A. Points was at 5 under for the tournament until he made back-to-back double bogeys on Nos. 16 and 17.
• Si Woo Kim and Brian Smock, both well out of contention, withdrew.
Par-5, 546-yard No. 7: It’s the shortest par-5 on the course, and most thrived. Three of the top six players on the leaderboard — Kevin Kisner, Jason Day and Francesco Molinari — made eagle on Friday, as did 54-year-old Vijay Singh.
Quote of the day
— Hall-of-Famer Phil Mickelson summing up his 11-over-par performance.
Tweet of the day
“ Bowling tournament before the rain. Darts after.”
— Dave Shedloski, Golf World writer commenting on the difference in the greens once the thunderstorms moved through (@DaveShedloski)
Play resumes at 7:30 a.m. local time for players still on the course as darkness fell Friday evening. After that, we’ll find out together who races up the leaderboard on moving day. TNT picks up coverage at 10 a.m.