FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (Reuters) – Brooks Koepka saved the pedal down in the second one spherical on the PGA Championship on Friday as Tommy Fleetwood gave chase and Tiger Woods with regards to disappeared within the rear-view reflect.
Would possibly 16, 2019; Bethpage, NY, USA; Brooks Koepka performs his shot from the 10th tee all over the primary spherical of the PGA Championship golfing event at Bethpage State Park – Black Direction. Obligatory Credit score: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports activities
Koepka, in the hunt for to turn out to be the primary participant to win back-to-back PGA Championships and U.S. Opens, confirmed from the very get started that he was once now not going to desert his attacking philosophy at Bethpage Black.
Profiting from the moderately simple early stretch, he plundered birdies at 3 of the primary 4 holes, ahead of parring to the flip to be 10 below par for the event and bogey-free thru 27 holes.
The American was once 5 photographs transparent of Englishman Tommy Fleetwood, who had finished 12 holes, and Texan Jordan Spieth, the clubhouse chief after carding a four-under-par 66 within the morning.
Woods, in the meantime, was once languishing down the leaderboard regardless that a long-overdue birdie on the par-four 9th gave his enthusiasts within the boisterous gallery one thing to cheer about.
He was once two over after 9 holes, now not but positive of advancing to the weekend because the reduce looms at 3 over par, or 4 over at maximum.
Enjoying in the similar crew as Koepka, 43-year-old Woods was once merely outplayed and the Masters champion regarded a faded shadow of the person who memorably grabbed a 15th main name at Augusta ultimate month.
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Spieth, who would entire the profession grand slam with a win this week, overcame some errant tee photographs and seemed like his outdated self at the vegetables as he putted with self assurance.
The 3-times main champion, who arrived at Bethpage Black with simply two top-25 finishes all 12 months, started the second one spherical at the again 9 and made his 6th birdie of the day at his penultimate hollow with a 39-foot putt.
“I made a couple of just right par-saving putts and took good thing about the straightforward holes,” stated Spieth.
“This golfing direction you’ll be able to’t (pressure it). It calls for extra persistence which feeds into what I’m seeking to do.”
International primary Dustin Johnson (66) was once joined on four-under by means of fellow American Daniel Berger (66).
New Zealander Danny Lee, one shot at the back of Koepka in a single day, fell again with consecutive double-bogeys however steadied the send and eked out a 74 for two-under 138.
“I had one heck of a battle at the again 9, made numerous just right putts, numerous birdies,” stated Lee.
“And I believe I wanted that to have a just right momentum carryover for the next day to come.”
Rory McIlroy birdied 4 of his ultimate 5 holes to verify he would make the reduce with a three-over 143 rating, regardless that he’s going to want a miracle to reel in Koepka and the opposite frontrunners.
Reporting by means of Andrew Each; Writing by means of Frank Pingue in Toronto; Modifying by means of Toby Davis