PGA Championship: Phil Mickelson and Louis Oosthuizen share 36-hole lead at Kiawah Island

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PGA Championship: Phil Mickelson and Louis Oosthuizen share 36-hole lead at Kiawah Island




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Take a look back at the best of the action from an eventful second round of the 103rd PGA Championship, with Louis Oosthuizen and Phil Mickelson among the players to impress at Kiawah Island.

Take a look back at the best of the action from an eventful second round of the 103rd PGA Championship, with Louis Oosthuizen and Phil Mickelson among the players to impress at Kiawah Island.

Phil Mickelson starts the PGA Championship weekend with a share of the lead with Louis Oosthuizen as three of the world’s top four players missed the cup at Kiawah Island.

Mickelson, who has played in 29 of the tournament’s 103 editions, challenged his senior status and an Ocean Course being widely described as one of the toughest courses in the major rotation to birdie five of his last eight holes in a 69 who set the clubhouse’s first goal at five under par.

Oosthuizen looked set to eclipse that until he missed the first bogey-less lap of the week to the last, while two-time winner Brooks Koepka is just a shot behind at halfway and does two eagles in five. holes on either side of the tower.

Rory McIlroy looked more like the player who won the Wells Fargo Championship earlier this month as he recovered from his opening 75 to return to normal level, only to bogey the last three holes to drop back to three, but World No.1 Dustin Johnson, No.2 Justin Thomas and No.4 Xander Sc Chaudele will all have the weekend off.

Brooks Koepka is one of the mid-point leaders

Mickelson was the show’s star in the first wave, and after losing three shots in an erratic 38, he rekindled his hopes of clinching a second PGA title with a sublime performance in the second half of his round, a charge ignited. by a birdie in the second which he followed by another in the fourth after a superb long range second to three feet.

The five-time major champion tallied three shots in four holes from the fourth, and he provided additional fun for his army of fans around the ninth green, rolling in his sixth birdie putt of the day just outside 20 feet. to close on five. below par, and the southpaw was the absolute leader moments later when Branden Grace found water in 17th.

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Take a look back at the highlights of Phil Mickelson’s second round 69 at the PGA Championship, where the five-time major champion took charge of the clubhouse.

Take a look back at the highlights of Phil Mickelson’s second round 69 at the PGA Championship, where the five-time major champion took charge of the clubhouse.

With Mickelson able to set foot for the afternoon, he was overtaken at the top of the standings by Oosthuizen when the soft-swinging South African slammed into a 12-footer for his fifth birdie in the 12th to reach six under, and he was soon joined by Koepka as he drained big putts for the Eagles at seven and 11 and added a birdie at 12.

But Koepka followed the tendency of the majority of the field in the dreaded home stretch and lost shots in the 15th and 17th, while Oosthuizen’s hopes of keeping a clean card were dashed by a drawn-last approach, not that he was complaining about a round of 16.

“I drove it as well as I can drive it, and the ball hitting was pretty good with the irons,” said Oosthuizen, who was second in the major four since winning the Open 11 years ago. years. “In really windy conditions you need that ball hit to sing along. I think I hit 14 or 13 greens around this golf course so in today’s conditions that’s pretty good.

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Louis Oosthuizen looks back on an impressive 68th second round at the PGA Championship and takes the lead halfway to Kiawah Island.

Louis Oosthuizen looks back on an impressive 68th second round at the PGA Championship and takes the lead halfway to Kiawah Island.

“I don’t know where I’ll be tomorrow, but I’ll be a little nervous. But I know it, and I know how to deal with it or what to do. I’m definitely more comfortable playing in the majors. now than before. Hitting well and knowing your game is there makes it a little less stressful, but you still have to hit the punches and play in the moment and play well. “

Koepka, still uncomfortable lining up his putts due to his surgically repaired knee causing him a bit of trouble, made a great save on the last hole to get around Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama in 71. bemoaning his lack of competitive golf. since his triumph at Augusta to tie Oosthuizen’s 68.

The spectacular collapse of Tringale!

Cameron Tringale was just two off the lead before losing 13 shots in just five holes!

The Japanese star soared 38 places in the table with his round of six birdies, although his second bogey of the day at the last saw him fall back into a tie for fourth with Grace and Christiaan Bezuidenhout – the third south -african in the top five. .

Grace led much of the second morning until his errant tee shot in the 17th led to a double bogey, and he dropped another shot at the last to return a 71, while the three-time Tour winner European Bezuidenhout returned an impressive 70 with an eagle in the seventh, a birdie, a bogey and 15 hard-fought pars.

Paul Casey’s quest for an elusive first major at the age of 43 remained in good shape as he finished a straight 71 to go two under with former US Open champion Gary Woodland and the frontrunner. of the first round Corey Conners, while Bryson DeChambeau bogeyed two of the last five holes to slip five shots on the beat.

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Brooks Koepka discusses releasing two eagles in his 71 second round of the PGA Championship and placing himself in one of the mid-race.

Brooks Koepka discusses releasing two Eagles in his second round 71 at the PGA Championship and placing himself at the halfway point.

McIlroy started the day knowing he had to eliminate negligence errors to make sure he made the cut, and after a mixed start with a birdie in the first offset by a bogey in the second, he settled into a good rhythm from tee to green and set. a series of good chances to make the last nine less stressful.

His putting didn’t match the consistency of his long play, but he managed to drop putts in the sixth, ninth and 11th to get to the normal level for the week, but he made a mess of the 16th and carded his fifth bogey. in an eight-by-five during the first two days.

And after a bogey-and-bogey finish that brought him down to three, he expressed frustration over his “stupid mistakes” on the long holes that hampered his candidacy for a first major win since 2014.

Second round as it happened

How Day 2 of the 103rd PGA Championship Went on Kiawah Island

“I played well, but I just didn’t get much out of the round,” said the 32-year-old. “I kind of kept it together and then I let it go the last three holes out there. I haven’t played par-five well this week. This is the big problem. If I had played better, I’d ”I was up there, but doing five bogeys on the par-five isn’t going to do that.

“I hit the ball a lot better and I drove the ball a lot better, so if I can keep doing that and avoid the stupid mistakes of the card, I hope I can get out early on Saturday when there is is not as windy, and try to post a good one. “

Johnson’s massive three-hole eagle putt from the house was not enough to avoid becoming the first world No.1 to miss the cup in the first two majors of the year since Greg Norman in 1997, while that Thomas birdieed at 17 and grazed the hole with his putt for a putt. three at the last to miss a game – the two best players in the world both finishing over sixes above par.

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