2017 PGA Championship Round 2 Recap–Birdies and Bogeys

By Joe Hines — Making the Cut

There hasn’t been such excitement surrounding a rain delay since game 7 of the 2016 World Series.  It started to storm Friday afternoon in Charlotte, North Carolina, and like magic, birdies and all manner of hilarity resumed at the 99th PGA Championship.

Greens softened, and golfers were seen hitting shots out of order to beat the horn signaling the end of play for the day, thus saving a couple of groups the trouble of having to wake early Saturday morning to finish the suspended 2nd round.

Quail Hollow played most of the 2nd round like your angry step mother who was angry at you staying out late. Hard, crusty greens that didn’t have enough grain to them to stop even the shortest putts near the hole, because not many of them went in. There were a couple of good rounds of golf played Friday, swarthy Italian Francesco Molinari matched the low round of the tournament with a 6 under par 65, until there were a pair of 64’s fashioned later in the day. Hideki Matsuyama, a favorite here this year, fired one of those 64’s and is tied for the lead with American Kevin Kisner at 8 under par.

But then the rains came and took the fire out of the greens, and the PGA became the John Deere classic for a few holes until night fell. You can be sure that after an overnight to get the golf course suitably challenging for the best in the world, the players will once again be playing defense on Saturday.

Here we go with Birdies and Bogeys from the 2nd round.

Birdie–Matsuyama. The Japanese youngster is good, a consistent presence on major leader boards. He announced he was ready for this championship by firing a 61 in the final round of last weeks World Golf Classic to win. His 2nd round 64 ties him for the lead heading into the weekend. He’s gonna get one soon, it might be this week.

Bogey–Phil Mickelson. He missed the cut. And continued being a turd. Other than that, nothing noteworthy.

Birdie–Jason Day. He got himself back into the tournament, finishing in the dark at -6 for the contest. The 2015 champ is in position, he is one the young studs able to overwhelm a long, difficult golf course.

Bogey–Mother Nature. C’mon, give us hackers some hope. If you keep raining and softening the course, it won’t be any fun for those of us that cannot play this confounded game. The only fun we have is watching coddled millionaires struggle at a game they usually dominate. Please stop raining.

Birdie–TNT. If you haven’t checked in, their broadcast paired with CBS is such a sigh of relief after the cartoonish efforts from NBC and FOX on earlier major broadcasts. Ernie Johnson is excellent. My only beef? Quit trying to infuse the NBA. I don’t care if Andre Iguodala plays golf. Stick to golf, please.

I’ll see you tonight for a 3rd round rehash, enjoy moving day.

Long and straight. Peace.

 

 

 

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