PGA Championship tracker: Day 2 at Whistling Straits

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 14, 2015, 11:45 am

The 97th PGA Championship takes place this week at Whistling Straits Golf Course in Sheboygan, Wis. is tracking the men's final major of the season through on-site reporting and social media. For additional coverage, click here for full-field scores and click here for our Tiger Tracker. And check out our Day 1 blog here. All-times for the PGA tracker are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

7:15PM: We leave you with a final look at the leaderboard. Join us bright and early for continued updates on Rd. 2 of the PGA Championship.

7:09PM: And in case you're curious about the third round:

7:02PM: Live look at the beautiful Whistling Straits.

6:54PM: And that does it. Play will resume tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. ET.

6:51PM: Wind whipping in the 50s. Lightning coming down. Sounds bad.

6:45PM: Is this bad?

6:37PM: On the bright side we're still well ahead of the time elapsed during the last weather delay we had in a major. Not naming any names, Open Championship.

6:28PM: Jason Day with a beauty into the 15th green ... and the horn blows. Weather is looking nasty. Could be a while, or not. We'll see.

6:28PM: Jason Day with a beauty into the 15th green ... and the horn blows. Weather is looking nasty. Could be a while, or not. We'll see.

6:26PM: Obligatory Tiger update. Good news is the cut line has moved to 2 over.

6:12PM: When it rains Australians playing well ... it pours.

6:03PM: DJ makes bogey at No. 13 to drop back to 6 under, while playing partner Jason Day makes birdie and moves into the solo lead at 9 under.

5:58PM: This guy will be playing the weekend. Tiger Woods? Probably not.

5:55PM: Eeeep!

5:50PM: Jason Day is now a co-leader alongside fellow Aussie (no, not Adam Scott) Matt Jones at 8 under, after a birdie at the par-3 12th. Just who is this Matt Jones guy?

5:37PM: Stay with us, here ... Matt Jones is now your solo leader at 8 under. DJ just made bogey and is 7 under. Jason Day just made birdie and is now 7 under as well.

5:34PM: Tiger 3 off the projected cut line.

5:24PM: Word on the ground is that black clouds are quickly approaching. Storms looming at Whistling Straights.

5:16PM: We have a solo leader! After back-to-back birdies, DJ is out front by one. He's 8 under with eight holes to play in his second round.

5:01PM: After a bogey for DJ at No. 8 to drop out of the lead, he made birdie at No. 9 to get right back to 7 under and co-leads the PGA Championship.

4:57PM: A closer look at how Hiroshi Iwata shot that ho-hum (yeah right!) 63 on Friday at Whistling Straits.

4:54PM: The only PGA club professional under par is Brian Gaffney, thanks in large part to shots like this:

4:53PM: We know a guy who knows a guy who knows Tiger Tracker's real identity. Sooooo, for the right price...

4:49PM: Everyone loves Chubby Chandler ... even Niall Horan! (Yeah, something like that.)

4:44PM: PGA Tour rookie Tony Finau is off to a hot start, 1 off the lead.

4:37PM: ICYMI, here's DJ at the par-3 seventh that set him up for birdie and got him into a tie for the lead.

4:35PM: And for those of you wondering what Tiger Woods is doing...

4:33PM: We think they deserve some Golf Channel PGA Championship Tracker love, too.

4:31PM: Count 'em boys and girls:

4:27PM: Add Russell Henley to the list of co-leaders at 7 under after a birdie at No. 1 (his 10th hole of the day). Meanwhile, DJ did tap in for birdie on No. 7 and is also tied for the lead.

4:22PM: DJ nearly makes ace on the par-3 7th, but will have about a foot for birdie and to tie the lead.

4:17PM: Move over fellow Aussie Matt Jones! Jason Day makes birdie at the par-4 sixth and is now tied for the lead at 7 under.

4:16PM: Spot the differences between the No. 1 and No. 2 players in the world through two rounds at Whistling Straits:

4:12PM: Golf is so mainstream ... even GQ Magazine is tweeting about the PGA Championship.

4:08PM: We have another co-leader in case you missed it. Matt Jones is off to a hot start in Round 2.

4:00PM: Dustin Johnson survives some poor course management at the par-5 fifth. After taking it over the lake on the right and failing to reach the fairway for the second straight day, he hacked out from a bad lie, ran his second shot through the fairway, and found the hazard. Dropped and got up and down for par, but that's not a good par.

3:50PM: Tiger Woods gives back those two birdies with a double bogey at No. 4 after playing from one greenside bunker to another. Back to even today, 3 over for the week and outside the cut line.

3:42PM: Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy are separated by four strokes and exactly the same number of failed up-and-downs and misses from inside 10 feet.

3:35PM: Back-to-back birdies for Tiger Woods, who is 2 under through three holes. Stuffed his approach at the par-3 third to inside four feet.

3:28PM: Daly's club has been recovered by a young fan on a boat. They called in a diver to get Rory's 3-iron at Doral.

3:20PM: Tiger with a birdie at the par-5 second to get to 1 under for the day and right on the 2-over cut line.

3:17PM: John Daly just chucked his club into his Lake Michigan after hitting three balls into it at the par-3 seventh en route to a 10.

3:10PM: Tracker is floating in a most peculiar way. Will Tiger's game look any different today? One off the plus-2 cut at the moment.

3:07PM: Unlikely either of these two guys needs much Golf Fix-ing.

3:00PM: We hear he's big in Wisconsin.

2:55PM: 1 ... 2 ... 3...

2:47PM: Jordan Spieth on his relationship with Rory McIlroy: "We hate each other. It's very challenging to talk to him."

2:40PM: The rapper or the Dutch graphic artist?

2:37PM: A non-plussed Rory McIlroy sums up his second consecutive round of 1-under 71, saying he's "just not as sharp with the short game as I'd like to be." An eagle, two birdies, a bogey and a double bogey for the world No. 1 in Round 2.

2:30PM: Now on the tee, please welcome the 1999, 2000, 2006 and 2007 PGA Champion - Tiger Woods! And he blows it left, into the rough.

2:20PM: Day, DJ and Rickie are off. Ten to Tiger.

2:18PM: Jordan Spieth came up an inch short in his bid to join Lingmerth at 7 under. Taps in for a par at No. 9 and 5-under 67. A look at the board as DJ prepares to retake the course and the lead.

2:15PM: He has a way with words. Must have started drinking early today.

2:10PM: We have a new leader. David Lingmerth just jarred a 35-footer on 18 to shoot 2-under 70 and move to 7 under through two rounds.

2:05PM: Perspective.

2:00PM: Exactly 30 minutes to Big Cat. Will this be the last time we see him this season?

1:54PM: This will soon be somewhere in the Whistling clubhouse.

His card from Thursday won't be:

1:50PM: Hiroshi Iwata is the latest name to join the 63 club. Iwata missed the green at 18 and got up and down tie the record for the lowest round in major championship history and set the course record at Whistling Straits.

1:37PM: Look out Johnny Miller! Hiroshi Iwata is 9 under through 17. A birdie on 18 would give him the first round of 62 in major championship history.

1:35PM: Henrik Stenson makes his first bogey of the day after playing his first 15 holes with eight birdies and without a dropped shot.

1:25PM: McIlroy and Spieth birdie the short par-4 6th. Spieth (6 under) is tied for the lead with Lingmerth (who bogeyed 15) and DJ, while McIlroy (-3) is three back.

1:18PM: Stenson is on fire. He is now 8 under on the day after birdies on 5 and 6, three off the lead, and still has three holes left.

1:08PM: Three birdies in a row for Lingmerth. He's back to 7 under and leads by one over DJ.

1:05PM: Heck of a round from Coetzee ...

12:49PM: Lingmerth is back. He's rebounded with birdies on 12 and 13 for a share of the lead with DJ and Coetzee.

12:48PM: Billy Horschel birdies 10 and 11 to reach 5 under. He's one off the lead.

12:41PM: Holy smokes, George Coetzee! He's tied for the lead after an eagle on 16 and a birdie on 17. He's 8 under for the day.

12:33PM: Spieth birdies par-3 3rd to move one stroke off the lead held by DJ at 6 under. Piercy bogeys par-4 8th to drop out of a share of the lead.

12:17PM: McIlroy chips in on par-5 2nd and he's back in the mix at 2 under par, four off the lead.

12:02PM: Spieth birdies No. 1 and moves to 4 under. He's only two behind Piercy and DJ.

11:53AM: Lingmerth closes out his front nine double bogey-bogey-bogey. He's 4 under, two off the lead.

11:51AM: Here is Spieth holing out of a bunker on 18 ...

11:45AM: Justin Thomas is now 5 under on the day and only one off the lead. So is 2009 PGA champion Y.E. Yang after birdies on Nos. 11 and 12.

11:41AM: Wow! Spieth holes bunker shot on 18 and makes the turn at 3 under, now three off the lead. McIlroy makes a double to drop back to even par.

11:31AM: Lingmerth's slide continues. After a double on 7, he bogeys 8 to drop to 5 under. Piercy birdies 5 and shares the lead at 6 under with DJ.

11:23AM: Here comes Henrik ...

11:14AM: Three pars for Friday's Big 3. Spieth and McIlroy remain at 2 under. Z. Johnson stays at even.

11:09AM: Disaster for Lingmerth. He makes double bogey at the par-3 seventh to drop back to 6 under. He's now tied with Dustin Johnson, while Spieth and McIlroy are just four back.

11AM: Spieth and McIlroy both make birdie at the par-5 16th. They get to 2 under, six off the lead. Z. Johnson makes par and remains at even par.

10:52AM: A handful of players are 4 under for the day, but it's currently Koumei Oda who has the best round. He's 6 under through 12 holes. Unfortunately, he opened in 79 so he's only 1 over for the tournament.

10:40AM: Six holes, six pars for Rory. Spieth also pars the 15th. But not Zach. Johnson makes his fourth birdie of the day to reach even par for the tournament.

10:35AM: Who is David Lingmerth? In a nutshell:

10:25AM: Rory and Jordan par the 14th, while Zach makes his first bogey of the round.

10:23AM: Lingmerth birdies the par-5 fifth. He's now two clear of the field at 8 under.

10:20AM: Only one of the 20 club pros in this week's field is currently inside the cut line: Brian Gaffney at 1 under.

10:15AM: How important is having the 36-hole lead? Using recent majors as an indicator, very.

10:06AM: Three pars for the marquee group at No. 13 McIlroy and Spieth are at 1 under; Z. Johnson is at even.

10:03AM: Here's a look at how Lingmerth passed Dustin Johnson for the solo lead:

9:55AM: Lingmerth is the outright leader. He birdies the par-3 third to reach 7 under.

9:53AM: Dropped shot for Spieth at No. 12. But it's another birdie for Z. Johnson. He's back to even par after a trio of birdies to start his round. Par for McIlroy.

9:46AM: A look at Spieth's birdie putt at the par-5 11th:

9:44AM: In case you're wondering how Mickelson could make double bogey at 10 ...

9:39AM: Spieth birdies the par-5 11th to get to 2 under. McIlroy makes par to stay at 1 under, while Z. Johnson starts birdie-birdie to reach 1 over.

9:30AM: Oh, Phil. Mickelson makes double on his opening hole. Drops to 2 over for the tournament.

9:27AM: Friday's weather forecast calls a high of 90 degrees with a 20-percent chance of rain throughout the day. Winds should be steady between 8-10 miles per hour.

9:20AM: Z. Johnson birdies the 10th, his first hole, to get to 2 over par. McIlroy and Spieth both make pars to remain at 1 under.

9:17AM: David Lingmerth birdies the first and ties for the lead at 6 under.

9:15AM: Phil Mickelson is on the 10th tee, ready to begin his second round after an opening, even-par 72.

9:05AM: Spieth, McIlroy and Johnson are off and running in Round 2. Three good tee shots to begin.

8:57AM: Spieth will again have some familiar faces in the gallery - and he better perform.

8:52AM: Well, fun while it lasted: Stricker bogeys the third to drop back to 2 under for the tournament. Justin Thomas, meanwhile, eagled the par-5 11th and is 2 under for the event.

8:40AM: Watch out now! Cheesehead Steve Stricker is 2 under through two on the day, 3 under for the event.

8:25AM: Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Zach Johnson go out at 9:05 a.m. ET. David Lingmerth, who opened in 67, is out at 8:55.

8:15AM: A little bit of early news on Day 2:

8AM: Here's a look at hole locations for the second round at Whistling Straits:

7:45AM: We're live in Round 2 of the 97th PGA Championship!

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Ortiz takes Tour clubhouse lead in Bahamas

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:19 am

Former Tour Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 Monday to take the clubhouse lead in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.

Four other players - Lee McCoy, Brandon Matthews, Sung Jae Im and Mark Anderson - were still on the course and tied with Ortiz at 6-under 210 when third-round play was suspended by darkness at 5:32 p.m. local time. It is scheduled to resume at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Ortiz, a 26-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico, is in search of his fourth Tour victory. In 2014, the former University of North Texas standout earned a three-win promotion on his way to being voted Tour Player of the Year.

McCoy, a 23-year-old from Dunedin, Fla., is looking to become the first player to earn medalist honors at Q-School and then win the opening event of the season.

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Randall's Rant: Can we please have some rivalries?

By Randall MellJanuary 16, 2018, 12:00 am

Memo to the golf gods:

If you haven’t finalized the fates of today’s stars for the new year, could we get you to deliver what the game has lacked for so long?

Can we get a real, honest-to-goodness rivalry?

It’s been more than two decades since the sport has been witness to one.

With world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week, an early-season showdown would percolate hope that this year might be all about rivalries.

It seems as if the stars are finally aligned to make up for our long drought of rivalries, of the recurring clashes you have so sparingly granted through the game’s history.

We’re blessed in a new era of plenty, with so many young stars blossoming, and with Tiger Woods offering hope he may be poised for a comeback. With Johnson, McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler among today’s dynamic cast, the possibility these titans will time their runs together on the back nine of Sundays in majors excites.

We haven’t seen a real rivalry since Greg Norman and Nick Faldo sparred in the late '80s and early '90s.

Woods vs. Phil Mickelson didn’t really count. While Lefty will be remembered for carving out a Hall of Fame career in the Tiger era, with 33 victories, 16 of them with Tiger in the field, five of them major championships, we get that Tiger had no rival, not in the most historic sense.

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Phil never reached No. 1, was never named PGA Tour Player of the Year, never won a money title and never dueled with Woods on Sunday on the back nine of a major with the title on the line.  Still, it doesn’t diminish his standing as the best player not named Tiger Woods over the last 20 years. It’s a feat so noteworthy it makes him one of the game’s all-time greats.

We’ve been waiting for an honest-to-goodness rivalry since Faldo and Norman took turns ruling at world No. 1 and dueling in big events, including the back nine of multiple majors. 

In the '70s, we had Nicklaus-Watson. In the '60s, it was Nicklaus-Palmer. In the '40s and '50s, it was Hogan, Snead and Nelson in a triumvirate mix, and in the '20s and '30s we had Hagen and Sarazen.

While dominance is the magic ingredient that can break a sport out of its niche, a dynamic rivalry is the next best elixir.

Dustin Johnson looks capable of dominating today’s game, but there’s so much proven major championship talent on his heels. It’s hard to imagine him consistently fending off all these challengers, but it’s the fending that would captivate us.

Johnson vs. McIlroy would be a fireworks show. So would Johnson vs. Thomas, or Thomas vs. Day or McIlroy vs. Rahm or Fowler vs. Koepka ... or any of those combinations.

Spieth is a wild card that intrigues.

While he’s not a short hitter, he isn’t the power player these other guys are, but his iron game, short game, putter and moxie combine to make him the most compelling challenger of all. His resolve, resilience and resourcefulness in the final round of his British Open victory at Royal Birkdale make him the most interesting amalgam of skill since Lee Trevino.

Woods vs. any of them? Well, if we get that, we promise never to ask for anything more.

So, if that cosmic calendar up there isn’t filled, how about it? How about a year of rivalries to remember?

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McIlroy: 2018 may be my busiest season ever

By Will GrayJanuary 15, 2018, 6:28 pm

With his return to competition just days away, Rory McIlroy believes that the 2018 season may be the most action packed of his pro career.

The 28-year-old has not teed it up since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in early October, a hiatus he will end at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. It will be the start of a busy spring for the Ulsterman, who will also play next week in Dubai before a run of six PGA Tour events leading up to the Masters.

Speaking to the U.K.'s Telegraph, McIlroy confirmed that he will also make a return trip to the British Masters in October and plans to remain busy over the next 12 months.

"I might play more times this year than any before. I played 28 times in 2008 and I'm on track to beat that," McIlroy said. "I could get to 30 (events), depending on where I'm placed in the Race to Dubai. But I'll see."

McIlroy's ambitious plan comes in the wake of a frustrating 2017 campaign, when he injured his ribs in his first start and twice missed chunks of time in an effort to recover. He failed to win a worldwide event and finished the year ranked outside the top 10, both of which had not happened since 2008.

But having had more than three months to get his body and swing in shape, McIlroy is optimistic heading into the first of what he hopes will be eight starts in the 12 weeks before he drives down Magnolia Lane.

"I've worked hard on my short game and I'm probably feeling better with the putter than I ever have," McIlroy said. "I've had a lot of time to concentrate on everything and it all feels very good and a long way down the road."

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What's in the Bag: Sony Open winner Kizzire

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 15, 2018, 6:05 pm

Patton Kizzire earned his second PGA Tour victory by winning a six-hole playoff at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Take a look inside his bag.

Driver: Titleist 917D3 (10.5 degrees), with Fujikura Atmos Black 6 X shaft

Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Blue 95 TX shaft

Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees), with UST Mamiya AXIV Core 100 Hybrid shaft

Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), 718 CB (5-6), 718 MB (7-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Wedges: Titleist SM7 prototype (47, 52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour prototype

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x