Day 2 at Baltusrol
Keep that card
Robert Streb: After missing the cut in all three previous majors this year, Streb matched a major championship record with a 63 on Friday. He is tied with Jimmy Walker at 9 under heading into the weekend, and their 131 total ties the PGA Championship record. Streb’s best finish in a major is tied for 10th, at last year’s PGA Championship in Wisconsin.
Toss that card
Rory McIlroy: Among the favorites to begin the week, McIlroy told the media center Tuesday he’d give his season so far a B or B-. That’s probably now an F. McIlroy needed three chips from the heavy greenside rough on No. 18 Friday on the way to a bogey and missed the cut by a stroke. “Tee to green I was good,” McIlroy said. “Just pathetic once I got there.”
On the course with …
Phil Mickelson: No way Mickelson wanted to start the second round of the PGA Championship like this. Lefty hit his drive so far left on No. 1 that its first bounce was beyond the trees on Shunpike Road and it appeared to hang a left on Baltusrol Drive. His second tee shot on the 478-yard hole was also far from the fairway, nestling near a walking path. The shot after that almost landed in the backyard of a home adjoining the golf course. Mickelson then needed two shots to reach the green and one-putted for a triple-bogey 7. “In the history of the PGA Championship,” Mickelson said, “that’s the worst start of any player’s round.”
The location sheet for Friday, which is provided to players to let them know where the pins will be that day, said the hole on No. 10 was on the left side of the green. Somehow it was actually on the right side, and the error wasn’t caught until the first group of the day off No. 10 had already hit their second shots into the green. The PGA Rules Committee decided the hole would remain where it was for the rest of the second round, and new location sheets were given to the players. PGA Chief Championships Officer Kerry Haigh met with the players in the first group after they signed their cards to offer an explanation and apologize.
• U.S. Open winner Dustin Johnson shot 2-over 72 on Friday and is on his way home at 9 over for the tournament. It’s his first missed cut in 25 events, dating back 18 months.
• Gary Woodland had a triple-bogey 7 on No. 1. He didn’t wait long to erase the bad feeling, holing out from the fairway for an eagle 2 on the 430-yard second.
Par-3, 196-yard No. 9: Streb birdied the ninth with a 20-foot putt to finish off a his 63, and defending champion Jason Day, who is two strokes behind, also birdied No. 9 on his way to a 65.
Quote of the day
“I like the variation of people shouting. Little kids up to like grown men, grown women. It’s just great.”
— Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston, on the crowd reaction at Baltusrol
Tweet of the day
“Dang that was close! In out in out but I’m in for the weekend. Excited to wear my Gator colors tmrw and my Pineapple pants on Sunday! #golow”
— Billy Horschel, (BillyHo_golf)
With 10 players within five shots of the lead, Saturday’s “moving day” action figures to be intense. TNT begins coverage at 10 a.m. with Ch. 4 taking over at 1 p.m.