PGA Championship 2023 Leaderboard, Round 2 Tee Times and Live Updates: Three-Way Tie At Halfway Stage

 Oak Hill Country Club hosts the PGA Championship 2023
Oak Hill Country Club hosts the PGA Championship 2023
Oak Hill Country Club is the host of the 2023 PGA Championship
Oak Hill Country Club is the host of the 2023 PGA Championship


Scottie Scheffler was pegged back late in the day of the 105th PGA Championship at Oak Hill, with Corey Conners and Viktor Hovland joining the world number two at the top to make it a three-way tie at the halfway stage.

The American showed his class on Friday, tracking Conners for much of the day, before taking the outright lead with birdies on 14 and 15. However, a rare bogey at the last saw Scheffler drop back alongside the Canadian.

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And then Hovland made it three at the top with a birdie on the 18th which saw the Norwegian close with a 67 to get to the -5 mark.

For many of the pre tournament favorites, Friday became a battle of just making the weekend, with Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth and defending champion Justin Thomas all locked in their own personal battles with Oak Hill.

To their credit, all three showed their fighting qualities – Rahm with a 68, and the American duo with crucial putts on the final hole to make the cut on the number.

Elsewhere, Rory McIlroy’s struggles with the driver continued, although the four-time Major winner displayed plenty of fight to get himself right back into contention with a spirited round of 69, and his birdie on the brutal 18th will surely put a spring in his step going into the final two rounds.


The Ulsterman, who went into the season’s second Major Championship slightly under the weather, clearly cut a frustrated figure at times, and he was heard giving himself a stern talking to. He was not the only one, with world number one Rahm losing his cool on more than one occasion, although his anger seemed to be with the course.

One player who was finding the game all rather easy was LIV Golf star Brooks Koepka. The four-time Major winner lit up the back nine, coming home in 31 for a 66 that leaves the American just three shots back and bang in contention for another Major title.


  • T1 Scheffler -5

  • T1 Conners -5

  • T1 Hovland -5

  • T4 Suh -3

  • T4 DeChambeau -3

  • T6 Koepka -2

  • T6 Tarren -2

  • T8 Pendrith -1

  • T8 Rose -1




Are you ready for another mammoth day of Major golf? Good, so are we...


Eric Cole was in fantastic form yesterday to lead as darkness fell. Will he be able to keep his lead going into round 2? He is on course very soon.

How round 2 tee times work

The players remain in the same groups as for the first round, and there is again a morning and an afternoon wave with a two-tee start. Those who played in the morning wave yesterday, play in the afternoon one today, and vice versa. Similarly, those who started on the 1st tee yesterday will now start at the 10th and vice versa.


Matters are slightly complicated by some players still having to finish off their first round this morning, notably overnight leader Eric Cole. These golfers all went off at 7am to resume their round from wherever they had left off. (Once the klaxon for the end of play was sounded, players had the option of stopping and marking their ball, or to carry on the hole they were playing, but they could not play one beyond the hole they were on when the klaxon sounded.)

These are the tee times for the morning wave:

7.00am 1st tee Sam Ryder, Gabe Reynolds, Brandon Wu
7.05am 10th tee Matt Cahill, Taylor Montgomery, Cam Davis
7.11am 1st tee Sadom Kaewkanjana, Ben Kern, Thorbjorn Olesen
7.16am 10th tee Michael Block, Hayden Buckley, Taylor Pendrith
7.22am 1st tee Webb Simpson, YE Yang, Danny Willett
7.27am 10th tee Alex Beach, Brendon Todd, Sihwan Kim
7.33am 1st tee Sepp Straka, Harris English, Robert Macintyre
7.38am 10th tee Patrick Reed, Rasmus Hojgaard, Nick Taylor
7.44am 1st tee Thomas Pieters, Keith Mitchell, Pablo Larrazabal
7.49am 10th tee Christiaan Bezuidenhout, John Somers, Chez Reavie
7.55am 1st tee Lucas Herbert, Brian Harman, Callum Shinkwin
8.00am 10th tee Tommy Fleetwood, Cameron Young, Hideki Matsuyama
8.06am 1st tee Tom Kim, Sam Burns, Abraham Ancer
8.11am 10th tee Adam Scott, Max Homa, Tony Finau
8.17am 1st tee Sungjae Im, Chris Kirk, Seamus Power
8.22am 10th tee Xander Schauffele, Tyrrell Hatton, Dustin Johnson
8.28am 1st tee Si Woo Kim, Stephan Jaeger, Anirban Lahiri
8.33am 10th tee Patrick Cantlay, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson
8.39am 1st tee Victor Perez, Aaron Wise, Jordan Smith
8.44am 10th tee Alex Smalley, Russell Henley, Mito Pereira
8.50am 1st tee Chris Sanger, JJ Spaun, David Micheluzzi
8.55am 10th tee Adam Hadwin, Matt Kuchar, Talor Gooch
9.01am 1st tee Thomas Detry, JJ Killeen, Matt Wallace
9.06am 10th tee Justin Rose, Billy Horschel, Francesco Molinari
9.12am 1st tee Nick Hardy, Greg Koch, Eric Cole
9.17am 10th tee Russell Grove, Patrick Rodgers, Ben Taylor

Tight, fast fairways have been proving elusive

Yesterday just under 42% off all drives found the fairway, set against this season’s average on the PGA Tour of 59%. Finding the Oak Hill rough could be penal – the average approach out of rough from 150-175 yards ended 58ft from the hole, 15ft further way than the PGA Tour season average.


Been wondering who overnight leader Eric Cole is?

(Let you into a secret, you are probably not been the only one.) Our bloodhound in chief, Sam Tremlett, has been looking into Eric Cole’s life story – and it’s quite a story.

Cole no longer leads, Bryson DeChambeau does

Cole finds water left of the green and double bogeys his first hole of the day. Cole falls back to tied 2nd with Bryson DeChambeau moving up to top spot.

Cole finds the right side of the fairway on 7, though, with a 325-yard drive. That should help to calm any jangling nerves. He has set up an approach shot of 137 yards.

Glorious approach shot by Cole

He hits it to  5 ft 8 of the hole. Birdie chance and with it a chance to reclaim top spot, albeit only joint top spot now.


Cole misses

He makes par, so no immediate bounce back. He now has two holes of his first round to play.

Cole with two to play, misses fairway on 8

His ball ends in the rough over on the right side of the fairway. His drive went 280 yards, so he had 161 yards to the pin. His two playing partners found the fairway. His approach finishes 51ft from the hole.

Block moving up

Michael Block,  has made a couple of birdies and is now in a tie for sixth, two shots off the lead. He is the head golf pro at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in case you were wondering; and ,indeed, he still is even if you weren't.


Question for the ages

When Phil Mickelson won this event in 2019, he became the first man in his fifties to win a Major. But the seven subsequent Majors have all been won by golfers under 30. This is the first time that there have been seven consecutive winners in their 20s of the modern Majors.

Here are the ages of those currently near the top of the leaderboard

Viktor Hovland (25)
Scottie Sheffler (26)
Bryson DeChambeau (29)
Corey Connors (31)
Keith Mitchell (31)
Eric Cole (34)
Ryan Fox (36)
Keegan Bradley (36)
Dustin Johnson (38)
Adam Scott (42)
Michael Block (46)

Round 2 pin positions

Some of these are barely on the green at all!

Day 2 pin positions PGA Championship 2023
Day 2 pin positions PGA Championship 2023

Cole finishes his first round

He has gone round in three under with six birdies. But his double bogey in his first hole of this morning has cost him the lead. He finishes the first round in a four-way tie for 2nd.  DeChambeau leads.


Early indications as to who will win?

All of the last 18 men's Majors have been won by someone who went round under par in the first round. The last 10 Major winners have all been in the top 10 after the first round. If this pattern is to continue, it has whittled down the list of potential winners somewhat.

Who has been quick out of the blocks today?

Michael Block and Cam Davis are both 3 under for the round so far. They are on their sixth hole. This has taken Block to tied 2nd, alongside Dustin Johnson, Eric Cole and Scottie Scheffler. Davis is now in a tie for 7th.

Best Current Golfer Not To Have Won A Major?

The PGA Championship has yielded more first-time Major winners than the other three Majors. Since 1960, 35 players have secured their first – and sometimes only – Major at the USPGA.


So, who best deserves that bittersweet moniker of the Best Current Golfer Not To Have Won A Major? Is it Lee Westwood or Luke Donald, the only men to have been World No 1 but not win a Major?

Or does it have to be more up to-date, so current world number four Patrick Cantlay, or perhaps world number five Xander Schauffele, the only man to have finished in the top-15 in past four Majors? Or, stretching it a bit, what about Englishman Tyrrell Hatton, who has made the cut in the past five Majors, one of only six players who have done so. Or even Viktor Hovland who is a combined 20 under par for the his last two Major appearances?

However of all these golfers, only Hovland appears to be in competition to win this one at this point.

Quick question

Earlier said that Tyrrell Hatton is one of six players who has made the cut in the past five Majors. So, can you name the other five? Answer in five minutes.


The other five who have made made the cut in each of the past five Majors = Fitzpatrick, Matsuyama, Niemann, Rahm and Reed.

Early risers

Michael Block has risen 15 positions today to move into a tie for second.
Cam Davis, Max Homa and Nick Taylor have risen 14 places to T13.

When do the marquee groups hit the course in round 2?

Scottie Scheffler, Brooks Koepka, Gary Woodland at 1.25pm
Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa at 1.36pm
Shane Lowry, Jordan Spieth, Viktor Hovland at 1.47pm
Matt Fitzpatrick, Cam Smith, Jon Rahm at 1.58pm

No change in the lead

Bryson DeChambeau moved to the top of the leaderboard this morning when Eric Cole double bogeyed his first hole on resuming his first round. DeChambeau has stayed top ever since. Although the leaderboard is bunching up behind him, no-one has managed to clamber up alongside him. Dustin Johnson saw a putt lip out which would have given him the joint lead, but that is about as near as we have come to another change. DeChambeau goes out at 2.31pm, in the penultimate group off the 10th tee.

Block into a tie for second

Michael Block
Michael Block

A birdie on the 1st, his 10th hole, does it. It was his fourth birdie of the round. He has given himself a decent birdie chance on 2, too.


Wind is certainly picking up, anyone who can get to the house under par are going to be very well placed at the end of the day.


Rory McIlroy had a mixed day yesterday. Feeling under the weather, at one stage he was 3 over, but three birdies in his final six holes helped him drag it back to 1 over.

He achieved this despite only finding the fairway twice off the tee all round, his worst driving accuracy in any Major round. Only three men in the past 20 years have equalled him in making only two fairways but still going round in 71 or fewer shots.

He takes to the fairways – well, the tees anyway – at 1.36pm local time, 6.36pm in the UK.


He has been playing so well, but he drops another shot on the par-3 5th - back to one under.


A birdie for Justin Rose and he joins Bryson at 4 under par.


Justin Rose at the PGA Championship
Justin Rose at the PGA Championship

Rose has a tricky chip on his 8th (17) - but knocks it to tap in range.


At the moment there is 83 players at +4 - the top 70 and ties make the weekend... that number could go out if conditions continue to struggle.


Unfortunately Michael Block doubled the 5th hole to drop to even par. He is also struggling on the 6th hole his 15th.


Saves his par on 6 and has a lengthy par putt on 7 (his 16th) - can he get to the end of round 2 around level par?


Dustin Johnson won last week on the LIV Tour and is back to 2 under now - just two shots off the lead now.


Bogey on 18, his 9th hole puts Justin Rose back to -3.


Aussie Cam Davies is at -1 with just two holes of his second round to play, will be clubhouse leader if he sticks at that number.


Not the first one we have seen today, but Dustin Johnson has a horrendous issue on the par-3 3rd


Stays at 3-under-par with an excellent lengthy par putt on the 1st (his 10th).

Sheff to cook up something special?

Scottie Scheffler has spent most of the morning in T2 or T3. His second round will begin at 1.25pm local time, 6.25pm in the UK. He hit only 11 greens in regulation yesterday, but avoided making bogey all round, the first time he has done that in a Major. Since the start of the 2020, he is a combined 51-under-par in Majors, 13 strokes better than anyone else during that period.

Five going for three

Only five golfers have won at least three PGA Championships, but five of this year’s field have twice been PGA Champion: Koepka, McIlroy, Mickelson and Thomas. None of this quartet are currently looking likely to add that third victory this year.

International look to top of the leaderboard

Six nationalities are represented in the top 9 of the leaderboard. Only the US (DeChambeau, Scheffler and Bradley; 1st, T2, and T5 respectively) and Australia, (Scott and Fox, both T5) have more than one representative there.

How a LIV player can ensure his return next year

Much noise has been made, especially from the LIV side, about how LIV players are at a disadvantage in qualifying for Majors as LIV events do not qualify for Official World Golf Ranking points. But there are other ways to qualify, and over the next two-and-a-half days many golfers will qualify for next year’s PGA Championship. The most obvious way is by winning as past champions are given a lifetime exemption to the tournament. But anyone who finishes in the top 15 receives an invitation to the following year’s tournament.

The English can but dream...

With Justin Rose there or thereabouts, its time to dream? Or is it ffffffffaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr too early?

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What they are playing for

Wanamaker Trophy
Wanamaker Trophy

The Wanamaker Trophy is named after its donor, Rodman Wanamaker, a businessman who, in January 1916, invited invited leading figures in professional golf to a dinner in New York to discuss his idea of forming a body to improve the standing of professional golfers. The upshot was the formation of the Professional Golfers' Association of America. Wanamaker believed this body should hold it own prestigious annual competition, and he put up $2,500 in prize money and commissioned a trophy for the winner. Seven months later, the first PGA Championship was held, at Siwanoy Country Club in New York. The club’s head pro, Thomas Kerrigan, hit the first shot.

The trophy the players compete for now is a replica of the original. Walter Hagen had won it in 1924, and 1925. When he was asked why he had not brought the trophy back in 1926, he replied that it seemed simplest not to, as he was going to win it again. He did. He also won in 1927, But in 1928 when Leo Diegel won it, the truth cane out; Hagen has lost the trophy back in 1925 when out partying after his win,.Although details remain vague, what is clear that when he left his taxi (to go nightclubbing), the trophy did not, Some believe he simply forgot it; but he said he had paid the taxi driver to take the trophy to his hotel.

The PGA had a replica made. But in 1930 the original was found in an unmarked case in the basement of L.A. Young & Company, the firm that made Hagen's golf clubs. The original trophy is now at the PGA Historical Center in Florida. The champions’ names are still added annually to the original, but is the replica that is presented to the winners.

Seve remembered

Iconic Golf Photographer To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award
Iconic Golf Photographer To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Seve Ballesteros, during his wayward years off the tee, was asked if he wished the fairways were wider. He replied that he wanted them narrower, so that everyone else would miss them as well. I was reminded of this comment watching Justin Rose's round in which he has not hit a single fairway - he has five more attempts left - yet has put together a round with three birdies and only one bogey.

Block has been speaking about making the cut

"To make the cut, which was one of the last goals of my golf career, is an amazing thing. And to do it at Oak Hill which has such an history and prestige.... I am very excited to play at the weekend and, to be honest, my game is actually pretty good right now where I think I can compete and have a nice finish and make my wife happy." He is the clubhouse on level par, after two rounds of 70.

Rahm has it all to do

Rahm tees off in the second round at 1.58pm local time, 6.28pm in the UK. He was one of the surprises of the first round. In missing nine fairways he had racked up more misses than he had over all four rounds at Augusta earlier in the year when winning the Green Jacket.

When he double bogeyed the 7th he had gone to 7 over, a score he had last reached in a tour event last July during the final round of the Scottish Open.

The last man to win a men Major having carded an opening 76 was Jack Fleck, in 1955 at the US Open. That US Open was only the second one to be shown live on television. Coverage was limited to three cameras showing the 17th and 18th holes in an hour’s live broadcast on the final afternoon. Back then final pairings were not, as now, arranged by leaderboard order, so the coverage in effect just dipped in and out of part of the final round. All a bit different to now.

Rose misses another fairway

That is ten in a row he has avoided now. That is the first time he has done that since his final round at Doral in 2005. There is hope for all us hackers as he is still tied 2nd with the yet-to-play-their-second-rounds Corey Conners and Scottie Scheffler, and one shot behind DeChambeau, who also has yet to take to the course today.


Thanks Roderick for an unreal live blog shift today! I (Sam) am now taking over for the next three hours and looking forward to see where the cutline is, who moves up the leaderboard, and who gets a rest this weekend.


For those of you unaware, Cameron Young was penalized two strokes and it looks like it will cost him a place in the tournament this weekend. Here is the email I received earlier;

During play of the 16th hole (the 7th hole of his round), Young putted up close to the hole and marked his ball. As his ball-marker was on the line of play of both Tommy Fleetwood and Hideki Matsuyama, he correctly moved his ball-marker one clubhead-length to the side. After the other players completed the hole, Young failed to move the ball-marker back to its original position. As a result, when he replaced the ball and holed out, Young had played from a wrong place and incurred the General Penalty (two-strokes) for breaching Rule 15.3.

He sits at eight-over right now, four-over today.


patrick cantlay
patrick cantlay

So often Patrick Cantlay is a disappointment in Majors, (seriously go and take a look at his Major record), but he just has it today. He is four-under for his round which is one of the best out there right now, and he is level par for the tournament.

Oh and he has another birdie chance on his 15th coming up.


Oak Hill is a beast so far over the first two days, and Justin Ray indicates how tough 6 is right now. Cannot recommend following him enough by the way, dude never misses.

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Just went to the bottom of the leaderboard and just noticed Burns sitting at 15-over! He is 11-over today and he has had every number ranging from 3 to 8 today on his card. No idea what has happened there...


Here are the next few groups teeing off in the next hour or so. Some big names needing some good scores indeed.

  • 1.25pm: Scottie Scheffler, Brooks Koepka, Gary Woodland

  • 1.36pm: Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa

  • 1.47pm: Jordan Spieth, Shane Lowry, Viktor Hovland

  • 1.58pm: Jon Rahm, Matt Fitzpatrick, Cameron Smith


Instead of watching players out on the course on Sky, I am having to watch Keith Mitchell in the Sky Zone. Sure he is a lovely guy, and I've interviewed Nick Dougherty and he definitely is, but can I watch the golf now please?


I am slightly worried Scottie Scheffler is going to run away with this tournament over the next couple of days but regardless he has just teed off alongside Brooks Koepka and Gary Woodland. Low scores needed from those two guys today and all three hit good drives


After hitting his 1st fairway today on his 15th hole, Rose makes a bit of a mess of the par-4. His second leaves him having to play out of the rough, over a bunker to the pin, but he clearly chunks it and goes long. He then gets up and down from there to get out of there with a bogey, he is back to two-under.

Dustin Johnson also drops another shot on his final hole to go back to two-over.


What did I just say? Worried about Scheffler running away with this, and he has just hit his first approach shot to tap in birdie range.


Eight Major titles in this group, can one of them really shoot a low score today to get back in the tournament? May I say the crowd was good and raucous on the 1st hole as they teed off, long may that continue.


Canadian Conners hits two excellent shots on his 1st hole to set up a chance to get to four-under and atop the leaderboard. Sadly his putt juuuusstt slides by.

Elsewhere Rose bogeys another hole and Rory is making a mess of the 1st. Needs an up and down for par, which he just about does.


Scottie hits another beautiful approach shot at the 2nd. Another birdie chance coming up to get him into the solo lead.


I know we still have Viktor Hovland to tee off but Jordan Spieth is my leader for the worst shirt of today. I will get a picture up ASAP!


scottie scheffler
scottie scheffler

Talk about a perfect start, Scheffler has birdied the 2nd hole to take the outright lead. Ominous...


The cut is still to be set of course, but if it gets to five-over then Phil Mickelson has joined some illustrious company.

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In some bright orange pants and a pretty restrained shirt, Hovland birdies the first hole to get to three-under, two back of Scheffler. Seem to be a lot of birdies flying in right now, maybe the wind is about to pick up, a calm before the storm situation.


Needing birdies at six-over Jon Rahm's good chance at 1 just slides by. A frustrated figure at the moment.

Viktor Hovland hit another great iron shot and has an outside shot for birdie at 2.


The PGA Championship leaderboard on the official site is incredibly, incredibly slow, but I have just seen Min Woo Lee looks to be four-under through his first five holes today. He currently sits at one-under for the tournament.


Fast start for Hovland as well as he birdies the first two holes to get to four-under, joining Bryson DeChambeau who is teeing off soon.


Three holes, three pars. Does look like the opening two holes are birdie chances at the moment but hey, at least he isn't going the wrong way on the leaderboard.


cameron smith
cameron smith

Two Major winners Jon Rahm and Cameron Smith both make excellent birdies on the 2nd hole. Rahm is +5, Smith +1.

Shoutout to Smith yesterday by the way who was wearing the crispiest hoodie. I say that because I also have that hoodie...


A lot of umbrellas are going up in Rochester which unfortunately may soften the course up. I wanted more firm and fast conditions!

Bryson DeChambeau is about to tee off as well.


Just had a random thought, what is your go-to watching golf snack? Chips or crisps? Popcorn? Fruit? I am currently chowing down on chocolate covered rice cakes and a cup of tea and I have no idea what that says about me.

Hovland bogeys the 3rd after a failed up and down just so you know.


At last Conners is able to hole a birdie putt after it seemed like close calls on every hole he has played today. He joins Bryson at four-under.

Fellow Canadian Adam Svensson is also two-under for the day and the same for the tournament currently.


Weird delay going on at the 5th in the Scheffler, Koepka group. Two groundsman with leaf blowers sweep the green quickly, no idea why, there didn't look to be too many leaves on the green...


It just hit me how cool the current leaderboard is. Some huge names at the top, youngsters, Bryson, and some names you might not have heard of before. Not to mention a PGA Professional in Michael Block!


Here are some names I am big time disappointed in because we won't see them this weekend. (I won't include any player at +7 because who knows if the cut gets down there given how tough the course is!)

  • Tom Kim +8

  • Cameron Young +9

  • Rasmus Hojgaard +9

  • Sungjae Im +13

  • Sam Burns +14


Keegan Bradley jumps up the leaderboard with a glorious birdie putt that plops in dead weight at the 2nd. Additionally Corey Conners has a chance to move to five-under and the co-lead on his 6th hole.


Conners makes his birdie chance to join Scheffler at the top of the leaderboard, but the big cheer you probably heard was Gary Woodland with an insane hole-out from the bunker on the 6th hole.

His third shot was up against the back lip of a greenside bunker so he used a fairway wood to bump it forward. Then facing a normal bunker shot, he holes out with a wedge! Unreal scenes!


jordan spieth
jordan spieth

Finally managed to get a pic of Spieth's shirt that I mentioned earlier. I told you it was bad...


After a solid start to his round Rory's having a mare at 6. His tee shot finds the creek and his 3rd shot nearly does the same. A big score could be coming up for the Northern Irishman.

Bryson also bogeys the 3rd hole to move back to three-under.


I said he was having a mare, and he legitimately was, but somehow Rory has escaped the toughest hole on the course, the 6th, with just a bogey. An excellent mid-range putt.


Scheffler makes a bogey on the 7th despite his par putt trying its hardest to go in for him! We have Canadian Corey Conners atop the leaderboard.

Oh and Rory has made my blood boil again hitting an iron for safety, into the creek on the 7th hole. He will have to drop there. (The image below is how I feel watching Rory all the time.

rory mcilroy
rory mcilroy


Keegan Bradley and Conners both just made excellent putts, the former doing so for birdie to get to four-under, and latter for par to remain at five. Lots of interesting moves and shots going on right now.


The Spanish Masters champion has played some rock-solid golf in his second round so far. One-under for the round, he is striking it well but cannot seem to get putts to drop. As Paul McGinley just said, he needs that one spark and we could see him go low the rest of the day. He sits on five-over at the moment.


The Canadian's putter is hot. He played the 18th (his 9th) poorly but manages to hit a solid wedge shot onto the green and holes an excellent putt to remain at five-under.


michael weston
michael weston

And just like that, my three hour shift is done! That flew by and I am handing over to Michael Weston, who I am going to stitch up with this image from a recent testing day. Not sure posing for the camera is his strongest suit but the Peter Millar gear is pure fire. (I was going to use the image of him in shorts but didn't want to go too far)

Hovland lurking

Viktor burns the edge of the cup on 8, stays -3. Yesterday it was the shirt, today it's the slacks.... bold.

Rookie on the move

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How good does this guy look. One to keep an eye, looks to have all the ingredients to do some real damage on Tour.

Bryson in trouble

Plugged on 6, has a hack and he's still in the greenside trap...

McIlroy drops a bomb

Much-needed birdie on 9, from 45 feet no less. Meanwhile, back to BDC and he's on the dance floor... but staring at a double. Looks like he'll be dropping back to -1.

Rahm battling

World number one sees a good chance slide by at 8, stays +5. He's grinding. Can't write him off, but he's going to need to shoot something in the low 30s on the back nine to get back into contention.

Bradley, meanwhile, goes close with a birdie effort to join Conners at -5. Loves a PGA Champs, does Keegan.

Roars for Rors

McIlroy, +2, sends one into orbit from the heavy rough (they're strong these guys) on 10 and he's in close. Fabulous shot. 8 feet or so for bird - crowd liked that one. C'mon Rory.

McIlroy for birdie...

Nooooooo. Good chance gone. He's frustrated but not a bad par after the tee shot.

Conners two clear

  • 1 Conners -6

  • T2 Scheffler -4

  • T2 Bradley -4

  • 4 Hovland -3

  • T5 Suh -2

Bradley finds trouble

Bryson steadies the ship with a par after that double, almost making an unlikely birdie with a lengthy putt. Conners finds the green on the par-3 3rd, looking good. However, Bradley in trouble on 7 after water problems. He's staring a double in the face.

Rory's tramliner

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He could do with a few more of these, as could Rahm who's still +5 and flirting with an MC. Conners with a half decent chance to stretch lead to three, comes up short. Bradley ends up making a good 5 at 7, limits the damage to one dropped shot.

Viktor to -4 with a birdie on 10.


And sporting his NOBULL polo. Editor Mike Harris will approve - loves his NOBULL gear does Mike.


A double from Thomas on 11 and that's a big move in the wrong direction. Don't be asking him if he wants to be mic'd up for an interview - the answer will be no, or something along those lines.

Cut line +5

77 players at +5 or better. That's where defending champion Thomas will find himself shortly after a lazer on 12.

Cut line -5?!

Slip of the tongue from comms. Imagine if it was, though. Would be pretty harsh, but Conners wouldn't mind. He'd go out alone, play 36 however he liked and take the trophy.

Conners with big save

Hovland on 12... 20 footer for birdie coming up, he's two back. Tarren sinks a bomb on the 2nd (his 11th) to go T5. Conners up-and-downs it on 4. Stays two clear.

spieth on cut line

Nightmare start to the back nine for Spieth - bogey on 11, double on 12. He's now at +5 on the cut line.

Rahm unhappy

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Not sure, but don't think Rahm is keen on the 11th.

Rahm outside cut line

Rahm looks ready to kill someone. Not looking like being his week. Never mind the Green Jacket he already has this year - he's a winner. Bogeys 12 to drop to +6, wrong side of the cut. Damage done yesterday.

Meanwhile, Thomas drives the 14th. An eagle would very much help his cause. Rory can't match it, driving not there at the moment but he can still up-and-down that from front rough.

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  • 1 Conners -6

  • T2 Scheffler -4

  • T2 Hovland -4

  • 4 Bradley -3

  • T5 Tarren -2

Scheffler within one

The world number two closes to within one of Conners. Meanwhile, Rory will have a good look at birdie on 14 to get to +1. If he could just make a few good swings with the driver and get his confidence back...


BDC makes his first one of the day to get it back to -2 overall, Brooks makes a two on 15 to get to even par, and Rory...yes.... a 3 on 14 and he's +1 just seven shots back.

joint leaders

Conners has company at last. Scheffler (who else) birdies 14 and 15 to get to -6. Things starting to bubble nicely.

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Potty mouth alert. Rory rivalling Rahm for expletives.

lowry loving it

No one hotter than Shane (-1) right now, puts another one close on the par-3 15th. Very good chance of getting to -2. He's on the birdie train.

Spieth back to +5, Lowry -2

He's not exactly all smiles but these champs are playing for a bit of pride here - none of these Major champions like missing a cut, let alone at a Major one. Lowry, meanwhile, has five birds in six holes - and he is smiling. Go Shano.

scottie goes solo

Courtesy of a rare bogey from Conners, -6 plays -5 at the top.

rahm hat-trick

It's like watching a Test Match at the height of summer in England - umbrellas out again. Doesn't seem to be affecting these guys, though, least of all Rahm who at last has something to smile about - three birdies in a row gets him to +3 with three holes left to play.

vintage koepka

Apologies for the radio silence on BK. He's just fired one close on 18 and is very much enjoying his back nine. Sits at -1 overall and looking good once again after his impressive Masters effort last month. Keep your eye on this guy this weekend - a threat in this type of mood.

Joint leaders again

Scottie slides his par effort by on the 18th and we're tied at the top again: Conners and Scheffler at -5. A pretty classy 68.


Moving into the final stages of round two and here's how we're looking.


Thomas (+4) smashes one straight into the face on a bunker. Flirting with danger. McIlroy (+1) on 18 from 165 yards hits a beauty to 20 feet. Can he get to level par? Got a feeling he will but whatever happens, he's in the mix despite his troubles off the tee.

68 for conners

Conners shoots 68, finishes -5. Shares the lead with someone called Scottie Scheffler.

Bryson is back

BDC went missing for a while, but he's back now. Three birdies in four holes and the new slimline Brycey is back at -4. Gooo Crushers. That's his team, right? Anyway, love seeing this guy back in Major contention - pure box office.

Rory signs off in style

Lovely birdie on 18 - huge drive, pure iron, 20 foot putt. Perfection.Finishes even par for the tourney. In. The. Mix.


Ok, they're unlikely to contend this week, but what bottle. Pride, maybe, but that's what you get from Major champions. Both with big putts to make the cut and the close pals make them.


Very interesting. Says he rarely misses a shot on the range but he's struggling to take it to the course right now. Oh, how nice it would be to struggle to a 69 round that course! Different standards.

rahm safe

A 68 gets the job done and that was surely all he wanted on day two after that horrendous 76 yesterday. Great stuff from the world number one, and very much what we all expected.

the hard work never stops

Scottie's on the range. So too is Thomas. Go and have a sit down, lads - put your feet up, watch some tele. Nope, JT especially won't be happy with where he's at, although that putt on 18 for bogey to make the cut was clutch.


  • T1 Scheffler -5

  • T1 Conners -5

  • T1 Hovland -5

  • 4 DeChambeau -4

  • 5 Suh -3

  • T6 Koepka -2

  • T6 Tarren -2

  • T6 Bradley -2

Bryson on 18...

15 foot for par... the boy in blue with a slight pull by the looks of it and he's back to -3. Still, a good day's work.

saturday looks grim

Rain. Likely through afternoon. High of 65° F. Windy. Good luck, chaps.

Bye for now - join us again tomorrow.