|US PGA Championship 2d round leaderboard, Bethpage Unlit Route|
|-12 B Koepka (US); -5 J Spieth (US), A Scott (Aus); –4 D Berger (US), D Johnson (US), K Kraft (US), M Wallace (Eng), L Listing (US); -3 J Rose (Eng)|
|Selected others: -2 T Fleetwood (Eng), L Oosthuizen (SA), R Fowler (US); Stage M Fitzpatrick (Eng), P Mickelson (US), T Hatton (Eng), F Molinari (Ita); +1 P Casey (Eng), D Willett (Eng); +2 G McDowell (NI), +3 R McIlroy (NI), J Day (Aus)|
|Uncared for decrease: +5 T Woods (US), S Garcia (Spa); +6 I Poulter (Eng)|
Brooks Koepka prolonged his lead at the US PGA Championship with the lowest 36-hole rating in foremost championship history as Tiger Woods overlooked the decrease.
The defending champion leads by a tournament tale seven pictures on 12 below after a 5-below sixty 5 in round two at Bethpage Unlit on Long Island.
Masters champion Woods overlooked a sixth decrease in his past eleven majors on 5 over.
Jordan Spieth (sixty six) is joint 2d with Adam Scott (sixty four) on 5 below, while England’s Matt Wallace is a shot reduction.
Wallace had a tear of six birdies in seven holes to position himself at six below but successive bogeys on the seventh and eighth, his sixteenth and seventeenth holes, intended he slipped to affix a crew on four below following a 2d-round Sixty seven.
Northern Eire’s Rory McIlroy, who used to be amongst the early starters, posted an improved seventy one, helped by four birdies on his reduction nine, but he had an anxious wait to search if his three over par used to be lawful ample to make the decrease.
The decrease stamp at closing got right here at four over, which methodology Woods overlooked out by one shot.
“I made too many errors and did now not dwell the runt issues I wished to dwell,” said Woods. “I did rather about a runt issues gruesome.
“I’ve enjoyed being the Masters champion again and the PGA used to be a short turnaround. Sadly I factual did now not play smartly.”
Woods and Koepka polar opposites
Woods, who used to be chasing a sixteenth foremost after ending his eleven-yr wait to raise shut title quantity 15 closing month, had one other mixed round to add to his opening Seventy two.
Having no longer played since his victory at Augusta National, his driving used to be inconsistent and putts failed to descend. After ultimate at two over thru the front nine, he started the aid nine with four bogeys in 5 holes.
Wanting a birdie on the closing to make the decrease at four over, the Forty three-yr-dilapidated overlooked the inexperienced alongside with his 2d shot and despatched his must-make chip loads of toes past the outlet as he finished 17 pictures within the aid of fellow American Koepka.
The tournament chief, making an are trying to raise shut a fourth foremost after also winning the 2017 and 2018 US Opens, used to be a category apart.
His driving continuously made a mockery of one amongst the toughest classes in golf, and his formulation play and inserting remained sound.
The 29-yr-dilapidated recovered from his first bogey of the tournament, after 27 holes, on the 10th to card an additional three birdies. And despite an additional bogey on the seventeenth, this can also have shut a wide turn of events to dwell him winning successive US PGA Championship titles.
“This potentially sounds execrable, alternatively it used to be a strive against,” said Koepka. “I did now not strike the ball that smartly. I used to be leaking about a to the lawful but I hung in there and battled.
“I deem that used to be potentially more impressive than Thursday, no longer having your ‘A’ recreation but tranquil being in a group to shoot a wide rating.”
Apart from his 36-hole foremost tale, he now holds the the 18, 36 and Seventy two-hole scoring data for the US PGA Championship.
Wallace exhibits class as McIlroy hangs on
Wallace, who narrowly overlooked out on victory at the British Masters closing week and received Three times on the European Tour closing season, hit a lovely tear of invent over his reduction nine, having started on the 10th.
At one point, the 29-yr-dilapidated used to be 2d within the aid of Koepka but leisurely bogeys proved costly, as they did for fellow Englishman Tommy Fleetwood, who also reached six below par.
Nonetheless the Southport golfer carded four bogeys on the aid nine and his one-over par seventy one saw him dwell the day on two below.
Olympic champion Justin Rose moved sooner than Fleetwood after carding a Sixty seven to reach three below, while England’s Matt Fitzpatrick had a marvelous round, hitting a 5-below sixty 5 to cross to level par.
McIlroy, who struggled from his birth on the 10th, dropped 5 pictures over the indispensable three holes to hasten to seven over, but the 2012 and 2014 US PGA champion said he used to be “proud” of the methodology he battled reduction to make the decrease.
“I will fill let my head descend and hopped on a airplane residence to Florida but I wished to be around for the weekend,” the 30-yr-dilapidated informed Sky Sports actions.
“I used to be four over thru three at a tournament in Boston two years ago and I stopped up winning, so as that used to be in my head.”
Spieth and Scott in touch
Spieth, who has struggled for invent this season, confirmed his foremost pedigree by setting the clubhouse goal amongst the early starters.
Can fill to tranquil the 25-yr-dilapidated prevail at the US PGA, he would severely change simplest the sixth golfer to entire a occupation Astronomical Slam of all four majors.
“I putted beautifully, in particular inner of 12 toes,” said Spieth. “This golf direction makes you own patient. The closing objective for the week is to fill of mission to raise shut on the aid nine on Sunday.”
He used to be joined afterward at 5 below by 2013 Masters champion Scott, who drained loads of monster putts on a tear of 4 birdies in his first 5 holes.
Three additional birdies adopted in four holes on the aid nine, alongside with his simplest blemish approaching the par-three seventeenth when the 38-yr-dilapidated three putted.
Old champion Phil Mickelson, playing alongside McIlroy and Australian Jason Day, generally figured out the tough with errant tee pictures but the 5-time foremost winner tranquil posted a one-over par seventy one to sit down down on level par going into the weekend.
Original Zealand’s Danny Lee, who finished the outlet round 2d within the aid of Koepka on six below carded a four-over seventy four to hasten reduction to two below.