PGA Championship: Justin Thomas impresses in testing conditions; Scottie Scheffler will make an early exit | Golf News

Thomas mixed four birdies with just one bogey to post a second successive 67 and one past overnight leader Rory McIlroy; Masters champion Scottie Scheffler set to miss cut as world number 3 Collin Morikawa also struggles

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Justin Thomas says he's comfortable with the tough Southern Hills conditions after shooting 67 in the second round to take the PGA Championship lead

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Justin Thomas says he’s comfortable with the tough Southern Hills conditions after shooting 67 in the second round to take the lead in the PGA Championship

Justin Thomas says he’s comfortable with the tough Southern Hills conditions after shooting 67 in the second round to take the lead in the PGA Championship

Justin Thomas refused to get carried away with the possibility of ending his major PGA Championship drought, despite setting the clubhouse goal in testing conditions on day two.

Thomas, whose only major victory came when he lifted the Wanamaker Trophy at Quail Hollow in 2017, notched a second consecutive three under 67 – in winds blowing up to 40mph – to move to six under and a shot past overnight leader Rory McIlroy.

The former world No. 1 started two strokes off the pace on Friday but quickly closed in on McIlroy – one of the afternoon starters – when he birdied two of his first four holes, only to fail to climb up and down from a greenside bunker to save par. at the par-three 14th.

Thomas ended a series of pars with a brilliant 25-foot birdie on the fifth and added another ten-footer on his final hole to reclaim the solo advantage, with this week’s event the first time the American started a major with back-to-back rounds of 67 or better.

Justin Thomas drills his birdie putt on the 9th hole and shoots 67 in Round 2 of the PGA Championship to put him one shot ahead of Rory McIlroy.

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Justin Thomas drills his birdie putt on the 9th hole and shoots 67 in Round 2 of the PGA Championship to put him one shot ahead of Rory McIlroy.

Justin Thomas drills his birdie putt on the 9th hole and shoots 67 in Round 2 of the PGA Championship to put him one shot ahead of Rory McIlroy.

“(I’m) very happy,” Thomas told reporters after his lap. “Although I played well yesterday, I played really well today. The conditions were obviously very difficult.

“I stayed very patient, tried to get into my little world and got into a zone and just tried to execute every shot as best I could. I felt like we did great work and I’m glad I have a good trick to show for it.

Justin Thomas came in at five under par alongside Rory McIlroy with a birdie on the par-5 13th hole at Southern Hills in the PGA Championship.

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Justin Thomas came in at five under par alongside Rory McIlroy with a birdie on the par-5 13th hole at Southern Hills in the PGA Championship.

Justin Thomas came in at five under par alongside Rory McIlroy with a birdie on the par-5 13th hole at Southern Hills in the PGA Championship.

“We’re halfway there, so it’s still a long way from home, but I’m very, very happy with the mindset and the mindset I’m in. I just have to try to maintain as best as I can and keep trying to play good golf.”

Matt Fitzpatrick is three behind Thomas after a brilliant 69 in the second round, while Shane Lowry also briefly found himself within three of the lead until he unleashed four shots on his final eight holes to settle. one two out of 72.

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World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler’s sensational start to the year ended abruptly after a nightmarish end to his second round saw him miss the cut.

Scheffler entered the week as a pre-tournament favorite after recording four wins in his last seven PGA Tour starts, including a first major success at the Masters last month, although he failed to progress to the weekend in Southern Hills.

World number one Scottie Scheffler looks set to miss the cut this weekend at the PGA Championship after two bogeys and a double bogey on his last four holes of the second round

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World number one Scottie Scheffler looks set to miss the cut this weekend at the PGA Championship after two bogeys and a double bogey on his last four holes of the second round

World number one Scottie Scheffler looks set to miss the cut this weekend at the PGA Championship after two bogeys and a double bogey on his last four holes of the second round

The 25-year-old posted one of 71 on day one and looked set to move up the ranks when he opened his second round with nine straight pars, only to have things unravel quickly after reaching the corner in conditions windy.

Scheffler responded to back-to-back bogeys in second by birdie from close range in fourth, before continuing his downgrade slide when he failed to get up and down from one greenside bunker to the next.

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A look at world number one Scottie Scheffler’s unique footwork and why Jon Rahm advised other golfers not to try and replicate it!

A look at world number one Scottie Scheffler’s unique footwork and why Jon Rahm advised other golfers not to try and replicate it!

A drop shot on the seventh left him on the projected cut mark of four over, while a 15ft three-putt double bogey on the par four ninth – his final hole – saw him close a five on 75 and left him facing a failed first cut since starting the season last October.

Two-time major winner Collin Morikawa also suffered a disappointing finish, bogging his final two holes to score a second successive 72, with world No. 2 Jon Rahm the only one in the marquee group to finish under par as he signed for a one under 69.

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