PGA Championship: Olympic gold medalist Schauffele leads survivors as several Major winners miss the cut at Valhalla

Jon Rahm, Wyndham Clark, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods were among the stars packing their golf bags and leaving the famed Kentucky course after a testing second round on Friday

By Reuters

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Xander Schauffele tees off on the eighth hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports
Xander Schauffele tees off on the eighth hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

Published: Sat 18 May 2024, 10:22 AM

It wasn't quite a 62 like he fired the day before, but Xander Schauffele was happy with another solid round at the PGA Championship on Friday at a rainy and soggy Valhalla Golf Club.

Schauffele had four birdies and a bogey for a 3-under-par 68 and a one-shot lead at 12-under 130 after two rounds. His 62 on Thursday set a new course and PGA Championship record.


Widely considered the best player to have never won a major championship, Schauffele is halfway home.

"Hey, guys, it's just been two rounds," he said with a wide smile. "It's just 36 holes. It's a really good start to a tournament. I'm playing some really nice golf. That's kind of it."


Second placed Collin Morikawa of the United States plays his shot from the 12th tee. - AFP
Second placed Collin Morikawa of the United States plays his shot from the 12th tee. - AFP

The second round was not completed before darkness because of the 80-minute delay to start the morning following a fatal accident that shut down the road leading into the course. Play was suspended at 8:41 p.m.

Eighteen golfers will have to finish the second round on Saturday morning at 7:15 a.m. The field will then be repaired and the second round is scheduled to begin around 8 a.m.

Schauffele has a one-shot lead over Collin Morikawa, who had a string of five straight birdies on his final nine en route to a 6-under 65 and an 11-under two-day total. Sahith Theegala followed up a 65 with a second-round 67 and is alone in third at 10 under.

World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler is in a four-way tie at 9 under. Scheffler fired a 66 on Friday following his early-morning arrest outside the property.

Theegala Sahith, who was in sole third place, reads his putt on the third green during the second round. - USA TODAY Sports
Theegala Sahith, who was in sole third place, reads his putt on the third green during the second round. - USA TODAY Sports

Thomas Detry of Belgium (67), Mark Hubbard (68) and Bryson DeChambeau, who tied Morikawa for the low round of the day with a 65, also stand at 9 under heading into the weekend.

Viktor Hovland of Norway (66), Austin Eckroat (67) and Tony Finau (69) are four off the lead at 8 under.

After nine birdies and no bogeys on Thursday, Schauffele rolled in four more birdies in his first 10 holes to move to 13 under. He made his first bogey of the tournament at the par-3 11th hole before parring his final seven holes.

"Definitely didn't have the finish I wanted," Schauffele said. "I felt like I was hitting some really good shots in there, a couple unlucky breaks in the fairway, but that start was nice. Definitely settled me in.

"Making that long putt on the third hole was definitely a nice snag to make me feel a little bit more comfortable."

Tiger Woods waves to the crowd during a round off 77. -USA TODAY Sports
Tiger Woods waves to the crowd during a round off 77. -USA TODAY Sports

It took a while for anyone to catch Schauffele to start the second round, but Morikawa finally did it with the run of birdies late in his round. He made birdie at Nos. 4-8 to go to 12 under before his bogey at No. 9.

It was the longest birdie streak of his major championship career.

"I've been putting great so far since Augusta, so it's nice to just kind of keep that trend going," Morikawa said. "And was able to hit a few good close shots, didn't really make any big errors, other than the last hole, just that approach shot."

Morikawa had four straight top-25s heading into this week. The two-time major champion (2020 PGA Championship, 2021 Open Championship) has himself in contention for a third.

Scheffler was booked on four charges, including assault of a police officer, before he was able to return to Valhalla to make his delayed tee time. He opened birdie-bogey-birdie before recording four more birdies on the day.

"I did spend some time stretching in a jail cell. That was a first for me," Scheffler deadpanned after his round. "That was part of my warmup. I was just sitting there waiting and I started going through my warmup, I tried to get my heart rate down as much as I could, but like I said, I still feel like my head is spinning a little bit. But I was fortunate to be able to make it back out and play some golf today."

The cut is expected to be 1 under par, which at this point would put 79 golfers into the weekend. It would mark just the third major to ever have a cut line that was under par, joining the 1990 Open Championship at St Andrews and the 2006 Open at Royal Liverpool.

Notable players expected to miss the cut include Spaniard Jon Rahm (even par), Adam Scott of Australia (3 over), Wyndham Clark (4 over), Phil Mickelson (4 over) and Tiger Woods (7 over).

Championship scores

(Second round, 17 players to finish round Saturday):

130 - Xander Schauffele (USA) 62-68

131 - Collin Morikawa (USA) 66-65

132 - Sahith Theegala (USA) 65-67

133 - Bryson DeChambeau (USA) 68-65, Mark Hubbard (USA) 65-68, Scottie Scheffler (USA) 67-66, Thomas Detry (BEL) 66-67

134 - Viktor Hovland (NOR) 68-66, Tony Finau (USA) 65-69, Austin Eckroat (USA) 67-67

135 - Harris English (USA) 68-67, Brooks Koepka (USA) 67-68, Hideki Matsuyama (JPN) 70-65, Matt Wallace (ENG) 70-65, Robert MacIntyre (SCO) 66-69

136 - Aaron Rai (ENG) 68-68, Lucas Herbert (AUS) 69-67, Justin Thomas (USA) 69-67, Keegan Bradley (USA) 69-67, Lee Hodges (USA) 71-65

137 - Doug Ghim (USA) 69-68, Alejandro Tosti (ARG) 68-69, Alexander Norén (SWE) 67-70, Kim Joo-hyung (KOR) 66-71, Justin Rose (ENG) 70-67, Rory McIlroy (NIR) 66-71


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