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Rochester, USA, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 20th May, 2023 ) :Second-ranked Scottie Scheffler and Norway’s Viktor Hovland made a birdie-birdie start to leapfrog the leaderboard as Bryson DeChambeau teed off in Friday’s second round of the PGA Championship…
Scheffler, last year’s Masters winner, missed his approach from the hole at the first and sank a nine-foot birdie putt at the second to take the lead at Oak Hill at five under par after four holes.
American DeChambeau, the 2020 US Open champion who has taken the break to the Saudi-backed LIV golf course, shot a four-under-par 66 in Thursday’s opening round to take the 18-hole lead but was among the last to start his second round at the formidable the layout in windy and rainy conditions.
World No. 11 Hovland, looking for his first major title, birdied putts from just outside 10 feet at the first and just inside 20 feet at the second to match DeChambeau at four under before falling back with a bogey at the third.
Canada’s Corey Conners was also at three under, one stroke ahead of 2011 PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley with England’s Justin Rose and Canada’s Taylor Pendrith in the clubhouse at one under 139 for 36 holes.
“Best putting day I’ve had in a long time,” Pendrith said of shooting 69. “If I had an average or bad putting day, it could have been ugly. Definitely held me back.” Rose, the 2013 US Open champion, sank a 15-foot birdie putt at the 10th, sank a 26-footer for birdie at the 12th and made another from just outside 20 feet at 16 to start his second round.
But the 2016 Rio Olympic champion stumbled with bogeys at 18, six and seven to shoot 70.
Rose, a winner in February at Pebble Beach for his first triumph since 2019, has 11 top-10 major finishes since capturing his only major title a decade ago at Merion.
“I think it went pretty well,” Rose said. “The golf course was tough today. This is just going to be four days to make the most of each day.” World number one Jon Rahm, the reigning Masters champion from Spain who opened with a 76, made a six-foot birdie putt at the second to reach five-over, right on the projected cut line.
Reigning US Open champion Matthew Fitzpatrick of England, who also opened at 76, was just above the expected cut.
Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy, chasing his first major win since 2014, shot a first-round 71 and began his second round with three pars.
Jordan Spieth, a three-time major winner trying to complete a career Grand Slam by winning this week, made a 4-foot birdie putt at the second to go two over for the tournament. The American is battling a left wrist injury.
Cameron Smith, the reigning British Open champion, shot a 72 Thursday and sank a 20-foot birdie putt at the second to be one-over overall.