SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – Twenty years after Steve Elkington became the last Australian to win the PGA Championship, it was only fitting on Friday that two Aussies found themselves tied atop the leaderboard at Whistling Straits.
Jason Day scorched the Straits Course Friday afternoon, making birdie on three of his first six holes and was at 9 under par when play was halted due to an approaching storm at 6:28 p.m. ET.
Matt Jones was even better on Day 2, playing 12 bogey-free holes in 5 under to move into a share of the lead.
Both players will have to return to the Straits Course at 8 a.m. ET to complete the second round.
Day, the highest-ranked Australian, has come close at the PGA before, first in 2010 when the event was also played at Whistling Straits when he finished tied for 10th place; and again in 2013 when he tied for eighth.
“It was tough to kind of judge the distance, especially with wedges where you needed to land it. It was hard to read putts out there,” Day said. “I just somehow got through it, which is fantastic, so I have a putt on 15 to get to 10 [under]. We'll see how it goes tomorrow.”
Jones has not been nearly as prolific in major championships as Day, with his best finish a tie for 30th at last month’s Open Championship, but he has been playing solid golf this season and tied for third at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.
“I've had a few more chances to make birdies that I missed out on, which would have been nice, but it's been a good round so far and I got a few tough holes left to finish tomorrow morning,” Jones said. “It's good to see other Aussies out there.”