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Scheffler, Conners and Hovland tied for lead after 2nd spherical at PGA Championship

Scheffler, Conners and Hovland tied for lead after 2nd spherical at PGA Championship


PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Oak Hill is delivering a little bit little bit of every part at this PGA Championship. One fixed is Scottie Scheffler, who’s getting used to chasing majors.

A frost delay initially gave method to heat and wind Friday morning earlier than rain showers introduced out the umbrellas within the afternoon. Scheffler was regular as ever, posting a 2-under 68 that gave him a share of the lead with Corey Conners and Viktor Hovland.

“These are the positions I need to be in,” Scheffler stated. “I present as much as the tournaments to carry out at my finest. I’m pleased with how I did the primary few days, and I’m excited to be in a very good place going into the weekend. With that being stated, I’m going to maintain my head down and maintain doing what I’m doing.”

Hovland, who shared the 54-hole lead at St. Andrews final summer time, is getting used to this, too. He dropped just one shot early in his spherical of 67, and closed with a 7-iron out of moist, thick tough to five toes for birdie. It was his tenth consecutive spherical within the majors when he ended the day among the many prime 10 on the leaderboard.

Conners had a 68, at one level constructing a two-shot lead till he needed to depend on his quick sport to account for some errant drives and difficult holes on the entrance 9.

They have been at 5-under 135, two pictures away from Bryson DeChambeau (71) and Justin Suh (68).

The main seven gamers — that features Brooks Koepka, who shot 31 on the again 9 in his spherical of 66 — got here from the identical aspect of the draw. They have been delayed by two hours from freezing temperatures and a coat of frost on the grass. They prevented the wind Friday morning, after which passing showers took a few of hearth out of Oak Hill.

“The rain … simply fortunately we didn’t have any wind, in order that type of helped us out,” Hovland stated. “With that rain, the ball went a little bit bit quick. And if you happen to’re within the tough, it tends to make that tough a little bit bit juicier. On the finish of the day, it makes the greens softer, and you may possibly be a hair extra aggressive.”

There have been some spectacular turnarounds, to make sure.

Shane Lowry had six birdies in an eight-hole stretch within the wet afternoon till closing with a pair of bogeys. He needed to accept a 67, leaving him in a big group at even-par 140, 5 pictures behind however nonetheless very a lot within the thick of it.

That group included membership professional Michael Block (70), and it contains Rory McIlroy, who felt as if he hit the ball badly — and sounded prefer it on one drive — and was mildly shocked when he glanced on the leaderboard after his 69 to search out himself in vary.

“I believe how terribly I’ve felt over the golf ball during the last two days, the truth that I’m solely 5 again … I assume that’s a very good factor, as a result of I do know if I can get it in play off the tee, that’s the important thing to my success over the weekend,” McIlroy stated.

Some gamers have been merely pleased to nonetheless be round for the weekend.

Masters champion Jon Rahm, the No. 1 participant on the earth, opened with a 76 and couldn’t get a putt to fall. He was operating out of holes, one shot over the reduce of 5 over, when he ran off three straight birdies and salvaged a 68 to make the reduce with one shot to spare.

Jordan Spieth walked off the tee on the drivable 14th figuring he would have a very good have a look at birdie. After which he discovered such a clumsy lie in a entrance bunker that his shot sailed over the inexperienced, over the boundary fence and landed someplace on the grounds of Irondequoit Nation Membership.

He needed to attempt it once more, scratched out a bogey, birdied the fifteenth and ended his day saving par with a 10-foot putt to make the reduce on the quantity. He was tied on the backside with defending champion Justin Thomas, who took two pictures to flee a bunker on the 18th and needed to make a 7-foot bogey putt to get to the weekend.

And now the main target shifts to the highest, a mix of main champions, gamers making their debuts within the PGA Championship, a PGA Tour rookie and a membership skilled. All of them have been inside 5 pictures of the lead.

DeChambeau started the spherical within the lead. Eric Cole was one shot forward within the morning and nonetheless had 4 holes to finish the frost-delayed first spherical. His first swing of the day went into the water, he shot 67 to complete one behind after which had a 74.

DeChambeau had a rugged begin, too, notably on the par-4 sixth gap, so troublesome that it yielded solely three birdies out of 156 gamers and had a mean rating of 4.75. He was in a greenside bunker, took two shot to get out and made double bogey.

He didn’t make his first birdie till the par-3 eleventh gap — DeChambeau hit 6-iron from 248 yards to six toes — and had two extra birdies earlier than a bogey end.

After which he headed to the vary as darkness fell.

“I do know what to do. I’ve performed it earlier than,” stated DeChambeau, the U.S. Open champion at Winged Foot in 2020. “It’s been just a few years, but it surely doesn’t imply I don’t know the right way to do it, and if it’s not my time, it’s not my time. I really feel like I’m undoubtedly trending in the suitable route lastly.”

So does Scheffler, who contended on the PGA Championship in 2020 as a rookie, received the Masters a yr in the past and missed a U.S. Open playoff by one shot at Brookline.

He opened with two birdies, made his first bogey of the match on the seventh gap and caught Conners for the lead with a troublesome up-and-down from thick tough on the 14th and a wedge to quick vary on the 131-yard fifteenth gap with a entrance pin.

“The match is midway performed,” Scheffler stated. “I had two good days to date, and I’m simply hoping to proceed that because the week goes on.”



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