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Day Two in Atlanta

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It was hot enough to melt titanium, and the scoreboard, ablaze in red, was as warm as the air. Did we somehow detour to the Bob Hope?
 
A 63 for OMeara, 64 for Furyk and 65 for David Toms.
 
Truth is, theyd have to go to 7,500 yards and hickory shafts to keep these snipers from going deep because everywhere you look players are better than ever.
 
Theyre harder working, stronger, better conditioned and better trained. Combine those factors with modern weaponry, including a golf ball many feel is simply flying too far, and courses as soft and windless as this one just dont stand a chance.
 
Par loving purists may not like it, but a birdie fest may well boost the entertainment value.
 
This PGA Championship has certainly given us ample and compelling storylines, starting with Shingo Cowboy Katayama, whos threatening to take baseballs Ichiro off the front pages in Japan.
 
Katayama grew up at his dads driving range north of Tokyo. He carries a 3-, 4-, 7- and 9-wood, with his lowest iron a 5. And now he boasts the most talked about lid since Jesper flipped the bill of his cap.
 
Why the Japanese emergence in the U.S.?
 
Purses in Japan have actually dipped with a sagging economy over the last eight years, while in the same time span theyve nearly tripled on The PGA Tour. So Japanese players, as well as those from all parts of the globe, have chased the golden golfing grail to the land of milk, honey and very nice courtesy cars.
 
Of course, Tigers had much to do with the swelling purses. And just when it looked as though hed fail to collect a check for the first time since 1997, Woods reminded us that he is as good a grinder as he is a pure talent.
 
Once again, Phil Mickelson looms heading to the weekend. His swings more compact and thus his mistakes fewer over the first two days. As a result, he has the chance to erase all those lost major championship weekends. And if not here, on a golf course so well suited to his game, then where? And when?
 
As for the tournament within the tournament ' the chase to make The Ryder Cup team ' Curtis Strange could be faced with some tough decisions. Tom Lehman missed the cut, while other hopefuls like Azinger, DiMarco, Toms and Faxon continue to play very well.
 
Ultimately, the next two days could absolutely sizzle. Itll be a good idea to wear a hat. Just ask Katayama.