Overnight rains left the course at Baltusrol primed and ready for plummeting scores. And plummet they did. The field came into today looking up at day-one leader Jimmy Walker, who followed up his opening round -5 (65) with a day two score of -4 (66), giving him a share of the clubhouse lead at -9. The surprise of the day came from Robert Streb, who shot a -7 (63), tying him not only for the lead in the tournament but also the records books with the lowest round shot in a major. That is something that Phil Mickelson did just 14 days ago at Royal Troon.
Records were being tied all over the course today. As Streb tied for the lowest round, he and Walker tied for the lowest score (131) after 36-holes of tournament play.
Robert Streb tied the major championship scoring record of 63 doing things like this… https://t.co/5gj40AZeKK
— PGA Championship (@PGAChampionship) July 30, 2016
Jimmy Walker (-9) has tied the PGA Championship’s 36-hole scoring record of 131!
— Golf Lovers (@golflovers11) July 30, 2016
There was a lot of movement on the leaderboard this afternoon. Jason Day, Patrick Reed, and Robert Hurley III all shot -5 (65), and crawled their way up the leaderboard. Day is within two shots of the leaders, Reed is four back, and Hurley III is six back.
Popular pick for the week Dustin Johnson and former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy both struggled this week and missed the +2 cut. Phil Mickelson got off to a horrid start, triple-bogeying on the par-4 1st (see below), but clawed back to shoot even on his day, barely making the cut at +1.
"In the history of the PGA Championship, that's the worst start of any player's round."
-Phil Mickelson on his 7 https://t.co/ARCgS5eKRg
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 29, 2016
NOTABLES TO MISS THE CUT (+2)
- Rory McIlroy (+3)
- Sergio Garcia (+5)
- Matt Kuchar (+6)
- Dustin Johnson (+9)
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