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Tiger Woods: He wasn’t just bad Friday; at times Woods looked downright lost. The lowlight came at the sixth hole when he put his shot off the tee beyond the gallery, then missed a 3-foot putt for bogey. His first birdie of the day didn’t come until a 10-footer on the 15th, and he gave it right back with a bogey on the next hole. By the time he tapped in for birdie to close out a second straight 74, his tournament — and season? — was over.
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Jason Day: Battling injuries most of the season Day got into gear in a big way Friday. The Aussie turned in a dazzling 30 on the front nine, highlighted with a short eagle putt on No. 7. Day finished with a 6-under 65 to get within a shot of Rory McIlroy’s lead at 8 under par less than a week after withdrawing from the Bridgestone Invitational three holes into the third round.
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Bubba Watson: The Masters champ was not the smiling, teary-eyed aw-shucks man we’re used to seeing Friday. Clearly bothered by the rain and course conditions at Valhalla, Watson’s comments to caddie Ted Scott were picked up by the PGA.com live feed and on-course tweeters all morning. Watson remarked he had “nothing” after missing the green on 16, and let a few obscenities fly following a pulled drive on 18. Watson later apologized via his Twitter account.
The second round began in the rain, which fell so hard that play was halted for nearly an hour. The PGA of America never considered playing lift, clean and place. Championship director Kerry Haigh can’t recall the PGA Championship ever using preferred lies, and he didn’t think it was necessary. There wasn’t a loud chorus of complaints about the move. Most players expected it. That doesn’t mean they all agreed. “Surprised,” Henrik Stenson said. “I’ve played a few of these before. That never seems to be the most favorable decision to play [ball] in hand. I definitely think we should have played the ball up today. I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m the only one thinking that.”
• This marks 26 major tournaments since Woods’ last win, the 2008 U.S. Open. Jack Nicklaus’ longest drought was 20 majors, between the 1980 PGA Championship and 1986 Masters.
• None of the 20 club professionals in the PGA Championship field made the cut. Dave Tentis of Troy Burne in Hudson shot 79-79 to finish at 16 over par.
542-yard, par-5 18th: Rory McIlroy, who played the back nine first, took the outright lead for the first time with a 30-foot eagle putt. Phil Mickelson rolled in an 8-footer for eagle near the end of the day, capping a 4-under 67 that pushed Lefty into contention.
Tweet of the day
“Must be the all black outfit giving him strength and fortitude #BlackKnight.”
— Gary Player (@garyplayer), the Black Knight himself commenting on Phil Mickelson’s afternoon surge and wardrobe choice.
Will Rory’s charge continue? TNT has coverage at 10 a.m. with CBS taking over at 1 p.m.