SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Steve DiMeglio discusses the possible head-to-head showdown that Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are currently planning.
Tiger Woods is back on the course Friday for the second round of the 100th PGA Championship, golf’s final major of the season.
98 of the top 100 players in the world are at Bellerive Country Club this week, making this week’s tournament one of the most competitive events of the season. Patrick Reed (Masters), Brooks Koepka (U.S. Open) and Francisco Molinari (Open Championship) are all eyeing their second major titles of the year, while Jordan Spieth looks to finally complete his career grand slam.
After shooting even par Thursday, Woods tees off at 2:48 p.m. ET alongside defending champion Justin Thomas and two-time champion Rory McIlroy. Follow Woods’ second round shot-by-shot.
Hole 18 – Par 4
Tiger’s driver goes right on No. 18 into the gallery, but he got a break. He’s got a decent look at the green, but it’s guarded by two bunkers and the pin is tucked away. This could be fun. Or, not so fun. This one’s on the green safely but he’s got some work to do with his putter. From 87 feet he rolls this one to within a few feet and taps in for par. 4-under 66.
Hole 17 – Par 5
Tiger cuts this one down the middle of the fairway with driver, and he might be able to go for this in two. He gets aggressive here and climbs up onto the green setting up an eagle putt. This was left the entire way, but he keeps it close and taps in for birdie. 4-under thru 17 (4-under for the tournament).
Elsewhere on the course, Tony Finau made history with one wild scorecard.
Hole 16 – Par 3
Tiger finds the green about 20-plus feet from the cup. Nothing much to say here other than two-putt par. 3-under thru 15 (3-under for the tournament).
Hole 15 – Par 4
Driver here for TW and this one is striped down the fairway. He’s confident off the tee so far, will be interesting to see how he plays off the tee later this afternoon. Another iron safely on the green but nowhere near the hole. His birdie putt is okay, coming up short and a little left. Another par. 3-under thru 15 (3-under for the tournament).
Hole 14 – Par 4
Low-flying stinger iron here for Tiger and it’s in the fairway. He finds the green and it sticks where it lands, around 20 feet from the cup. Right idea but not enough speed for his line. Two-putt par. 3-under thru 14 (3-under for the tournament).
Hole 13 – Par 3
Tiger his this one just about perfect, landing about 10-12 feet above the hole, but it catches a slope and trickles further away from the cup. Bad break there. Great effort as Tiger is forced to play uphill-downhill with the putt, but he keeps it close to the hole for a par. 3-under thru 13 (3-under for the tournament).
Hole 12 – Par 4
Big stick here for TW. He tried to avoid the bunkers down the left side, but went too far right and is in the rough. Depending on his lie this could be tough, hitting out of thick, wet grass. He may need to really muscle this one out. Not bad. He gets this out and finds the front of the green, but with a back in placement, he’s got a long way to go for birdie. Most likely a two-putt par if he can lag this one close. From 101 feet away, Tiger hits this one pretty well, coming to rest about 5 feet past the cup. Yikes. He leaves this one outside the cup and has to tap in for bogey again. His first three-putt of the week. Back to 3-under thru 12 (3-under for the tournament).
Hole 11 – Par 4
Iron off the tee on the 298-yard par 4. Players were going for it yesterday but with the conditions not as favorable, laying up is the smart play here. He’s feeling good with a wedge in his hand today. This one lands a few feet behind the cup, takes a little hop forward but spins back nice and cozy near the hole. Tiger gets the stroke back with birdie here. 4-under thru 11 (4-under for the tournament).
Hole 10 – Par 4
First driver of the day and he smoked this one. Center of the fairway. His approach hangs on to the fringe on the front of the green, avoiding a bunker and leaving a good chance to get up-and-down for par. Not bad here, about 5 feet from the cup, but he blows the par putt and taps in for bogey. In true 2018 Tiger fashion, a solid front nine takes a step back in an unforced error on the back. 3-under thru 10 (3-under for the tournament).
Thoughts at the turn
Here. We. Go. For how bad his start was on Thursday, that’s how good he was on Friday. And then the rains came. You’d think that might throw someone off, but not Tiger. He came out dialed in Saturday morning with his first two shots, carding an early birdie to continue and climb the leaderboard. Having to play 28 holes today will be a good test of his health and game, but if he can keep it rolling, we could see Tiger near the top of the leaderboard again at a major.
Hole 9 – Par 4
Iron off the tee on No. 9 and this is perfect down the right side of the fairway. His approach finds the green safely on the front half, but he’s almost 50-feet from the cup. He gave this one a wack and it gets close, but doesn’t have enough juice. That’ll be par. 4-under thru 9 (4-under for the tournament).
Hole 8 – Par 5
We’re back! Tiger’s drive found the fairway and he went on to lay up from there. His first shot early Saturday is just about perfect. He lands this one just below the green and runs it 6 feet past the hole. He drops the putt and despite the 16-hour delay, Tiger stays hot. 4-under thru 8 (4-under for the tournament).
They’re done for the day at Bellerive. Play will continue at 8:00 a.m. ET tomorrow morning, with the third round beginning later in the morning/early afternoon.
Hole 8 – Par 5
Driver on No. 8 and this one was hugging left side of the fairway the entire way, but winds up in the rough just off the fairway. He has to lay up from here and plays it to the fairway.
Hole 7 – Par 4
Iron here for Tiger and this one goes down the right side of the fairway, takes a massive bounce and rolls right into the center of a fairway bunker. His approach comes up just short of the green, and his chip from there bounces in and out of the cup! Golf is a cruel game. Par. 3-under thru 7 (3-under for the tournament).
Hole 6 – Par 3
His worst shot so far today as this one finds the green-side bunker on the par 3. Tiger flops this one out of the bunker, landing it on the fringe and just trickling onto the green. He’s got a lengthy par putt left. No matter. Tiger dropped this like it was a tap-in. Par. 3-under thru 6 (3-under for the tournament).
Leaderboard update: Gary Woodland set the 36 hole PGA Championship record at 10-under par and holds the lead. Kevin Kisner shot a 64 to move to 9-under, followed by Brooks Koepka at 8-under after his Friday 63.
Hole 5 – Par 4
BOOM. Tiger bombs this drive down the right side of the fairway. He’s out there. Way, way out there. This group is First Team All-Fun. Justin Thomas didn’t hit the fairway but he smoked his driver as well. Rory McIlroy followed suit. Tiger’s approach sets up yet another birdie chance, coming to rest about 10 feet from the hole. “I’ll have another!” says TW, dropping the putt for his third birdie in four holes. 3-under thru 5 (3-under for the tournament).
Elsewhere on the course: Tony Finau is having himself a day. His round, so far: Birdie, birdie, birdie, birdie, birdie, TRIPLE BOGEY, birdie, birdie. You can’t make this up.
Hole 4 – Par 4
Tiger pulls driver here for the first time today and much like yesterday, it misses to the right. His approach is aggressive and finds the green on the front edge but slips back onto the fringe. Wedge here for his third shot and he just burns the edge. He was getting ready to fist-pump but instead taps in for par. 2-under thru 4 (2-under for the tournament).
Hole 3 – Par 3
Tiger’s tee shot on the short 132-yard third hole nestles just feet from the pin. He drains the putt and marches to the fourth tee with his second consecutive birdie to get him to 2-under thru 3 (2-under for the tournament).
Hole 2 – Par 4
Another iron on No. 2 for TW and this is beautiful down the middle of the fairway. Tiger stuck his approach within 10 feet of the cup and sets up a solid birdie chance. He didn’t have a lot of opportunities early yesterday, and he looks a lot more confident with his stroke today. Chirp-chirp-chirp! He buries the birdie putt and drops to 1-under thru 2 (1-under for the tournament).
Hole 1 – Par 4
Driving iron off the tee and this one flirts with some bunkers down the left side, but he’s fine and in the fairway. Not a great effort on the approach, about 30 feet right of the pin. Nothing much to say about this. Two-putt par. Even thru 1 (Even for the tournament).