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Robert Streb joins lead after a 63

In a major championship season of endless theater, the PGA Championship lived up to its end of the bargain Friday.

Robert Streb led the way, even if hardly anyone noticed.

As thousands of fans crammed into the closing holes at Baltusrol to see if Jason Day could finish off his amazing run and Phil Mickelson could make it to the weekend, Streb hit a 6-iron into 20 feet on his final hole at the par-3 ninth for a shot at 63.

He made the birdie putt during a TV commercial break, making him the 28th player to shoot 63 in a major, and the third in the last 16 days.

''It was pretty noisy for the 15 people that were out there,'' Streb said.

No matter where anyone was at Baltusrol, there was no shortage of entertainment.

Mickelson hit his opening tee shot off the property and onto a side street and made triple bogey, only to rally to make the cut. Rickie Fowler finished birdie-eagle to get back into the picture. Rory McIlroy only needed to birdie the par-5 18th, the easiest hole on the course, to make the cut. From the fairway, he made bogey and was headed home to figure out what was wrong with his putting.

A second round that began in rain with one group given the wrong hole location on No. 10 ended with Streb and Jimmy Walker sharing the lead and becoming the eighth and ninth players to match the 36-hole record in the PGA Championship at 131.

Walker had to settle for a 4-under 66, right when he had the 36-hole record for all majors (130) within his reach with two par 5s remaining. But he hit into the hospitality area well left of the 17th and scrambled for par, and then his tee shot narrowly missed its mark and found the water on the 18th, leading to bogey.

Even so, he was tied at the halfway point of a major.

''It's going to be a new experience, and it will be fun,'' Walker said. ''You still have to go perform. Doesn't matter what tournament it is.''

Day dropped to even par with a double bogey on No. 7, and that appeared to wake up the world's No. 1 player. Day went on a tear with seven birdies over his next eight holes, two of them from 18 feet, one of them from 35 feet. Suddenly, he was on the verge of a shot at 63 until he hooked his tee shot to the base of the hospitality area on the 17th, and pushed a driving iron into the right rough on the 18th. He settled for pars at both for a 65.

Day was right where he wanted to be, three shots behind going into the weekend, his name high on the leaderboard for everyone to see. At stake is a chance to join Tiger Woods as the only back-to-back PGA champions since the stroke-play era began in 1958.

Day was joined at 7-under 133 by Emiliano Grillo, the talented young Argentine who worked hard on his putting at Baltusrol and watched it pay off. Grillo got this afternoon of birdies going by making five of them in a seven-hole stretch on the back nine until he cooled on the front and had to settle for a 67.

This is new territory for him, too.

Just like Walker and Streb, he has never even contended in a major.

''I've never been in this situation, and I'm not afraid of it,'' Grillo said. ''I'm going to go out and enjoy it.''

By the end of the day, it was easy to overlook a familiar figure - Henrik Stenson, the British Open champion who made eagle on the 18th at the turn and polished off another 67. He was only four shots behind in his bid to match Ben Hogan as the only players to win two straight majors at age 40.

Mickelson made the cut, and that might have been the most entertaining of all.

He began his round with a tee shot so far left that it sailed off the property, bounced along Shunpike Road and caromed to the left down Baltusrol Way. Wherever it finished, it was out-of-bounds, and Mickelson had to scramble for a triple bogey. He spent the rest of the day battling to get back, and he delivered on the 18th with a birdie to post a 70.

''I think in the history of the PGA Championship, that's the worst start of any player's round. I'd have to look it up,'' Mickelson said.

No need to. Someone pointed out that Nicolas Colsaerts piped two over the fence and made 8.

''I'm having a difficult time right now managing my expectations, because I know how well I'm playing and I'm so result-oriented that I'm not playing very relaxed, free golf like I did at the British, like I did in the preparation here,'' Mickelson said.

Two weeks ago at Royal Troon, where Mickelson opened with a 63 and Stenson close with a 63, it was just those two players in a duel that ranked among the greatest.

At Baltusrol, a dozen players were separated by five shots going into the weekend, a group that included Martin Kaymer (69). Jordan Spieth was finally back in the mix, at least on the fringes, after a hot start that led to a 67. He was in the group six shots behind.

The biggest surprise was Streb, who became the fourth player with a 63 at Baltusrol. Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf each had 63 in the opening round of the 1980 U.S. Open, and Thomas Bjorn shot 63 in the third round in the 2005 PGA Championship.

Streb hasn't had a top 10 on the PGA Tour since he tied for 10th in the PGA Championship last year. He found something in his swing a few weeks ago, birdied the last four holes a week ago Friday in the Canadian Open just to make the cut, and grabbed a sliver of history at Baltusrol.

Emiliano Grillo embracing major opportunity

Argentinian Emiliano Grillo says he will embrace the opportunity as he enters the third round of the PGA Championship just two strokes off the lead.

"I want to be here. I wanted this my whole life. I want to win a major," Grillo told reporters on Friday after shooting three-under-par 67 at Baltusrol to tie for third with world number one and defending champion Jason Day.

"We want to see our names on the board. We want to win. We want to hold the trophy. That is what we're here for.

"I am going to feel the nerves tomorrow, that's for sure. Makes sense. But I'm going to enjoy it."

Grillo, 23, will be paired with Australian Day in the group ahead of American co-leaders Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb.

"I think I played very nice today, especially off the tee. Made some good putts on the front nine and I was able to hang on on the back nine," said Grillo, who made four birdies including a 40-footer before the turn, and then dropped one shot coming home.

Grillo said he takes confidence from his tie for 12th at the British Open and his season-opening victory in the Frys.com Open.

"A win is a win and it's hard to learn to win. Some people have it, some people don't," the PGA Tour rookie said.

"I think I've learned. First I have to be in the situation and that's what I was on these first two days. I have just have to manage to be in contention the last nine (holes).

"My game is right there. Going to be an interesting weekend. I've never been in this situation, and I'm not afraid of it. I'm going to go out and enjoy it."

Rory McIlroy disheartened after missing cut

Rory McIlroy ended a "disappointing" year at the majors by missing the cut at the PGA Championship for the first time in his career, undone by nagging putting woes.

McIlroy fired a one-under par 69 in the second round of the year's final major tournament at Baltusrol, but a birdie-less 74 Thursday proved too much to overcome and he finished one shot beyond the cut line.

"I've hit the ball really well this week and I'm walking away not playing the weekend," McIlroy said. "It's really disheartening. I need to go back to the drawing board and see where we go from here."

The 27-year-old from Northern Ireland has won four major titles, including the 2012 and 2014 PGA Championships, but has not won a major in two years. He also missed the cut at the US Open but shared fifth two weeks ago at the British Open and 10th at the Masters, the lone major title he needs to complete a career Grand Slam.

But McIlroy's mind is more on fixing his putter problems than checking past glory or future goals.

"Tee to green was good, but it was just pathetic when I got onto the green." said McIlroy. "I just need to do a lot of work."

His vacation plans before the season-ending PGA playoffs will have some alterations.

"I was planning on taking two weeks off and then practising the week before Barclays," he said. "I'll still take two weeks off from tournaments, but I'll have to see what practice schedule looks like. I need to do something.

"Tee to green is good, I just need to figure out what to do on the greens. I need to have a long hard think about that."

Fourth-ranked McIlroy closed with a bogey at the par-5 18th to miss the weekend, pushing for a birdie to be sure of the weekend with the cut line in flux.

"I thought I needed to make four, so that's what I was trying to do," McIlroy said. "I think if you had to given anyone else in this field my tee shots this week, they would have been up near the top of the leaderboard. It just shows you how bad I was around the greens."

Phil Mickelson, the British Open runner-up to Henrik Stenson two weeks ago, made the cut on the number despite troubles of his own. He saw McIlroy's woes and had faith they are only temporary.

"We all have periods where we have mental blocks on the greens," Mickelson said. "Right now he's just so tentative through impact. He's just not confident. You can just tell.

"You watch him with a driver and it's the sweetest thing you can imagine. It just goes through effortlessly with so much speed and power, and the ball just flies so long and true with such a tight flight pattern. He's just not striking his putts with the same confidence as he is his driver."

"It's not that he's not capable. He's just having a period where he's not feeling it. He will get it back."

Phil Mickelson makes cut despite horror start

Phil Mickelson made a "horrific" start to the second round of the PGA Championship on Friday but recovered to make the cut with nothing to spare, while Rory McIlroy's bogey at the last saw him miss out by one stroke.

Mickelson sliced his tee shot out-of-bounds at the par-four first, his ball landing on the adjacent Shunpike Road and bouncing onto another street.

"Just a total mental block on that first hole. It was just horrific," said Mickelson, who teed up again and in the end was fortunate to salvage a triple-bogey seven after almost hitting his approach shot out-of-bounds too.

"I think in the history of the PGA Championship, that's the worst start of any player's round. I'd have to look that up."

Mickelson looked stunned as he trudged to the second tee but settled down and had only one further blemish, a bogey at the 16th, before closing with a birdie at the par-five 18th to make the cut with nothing to spare.

"I was able to fight back and be patient, start to make a birdie here or there," the British Open runner-up said after shooting a 70 for one-over 141, 10 strokes behind leaders Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb.

"I actually hit a lot of good shots and missed on a lot good opportunities in the middle of the round."

McIlroy, who played with Mickelson, messed up the final hole to miss the cut for the first time in eight starts at the PGA Championship.

"I've hit the ball really well this week and I'm walking away not playing the weekend. It's really disheartening," said the world number four.

McIlroy, who continues to struggle on the greens, also missed the cut at the U.S. Open and tied for 10th at the Masters and for fifth at the British Open.

The Northern Irishman's last major win came at the 2014 PGA Championship in Kentucky.

"I just need to figure out what to do on the greens. I need to have a long hard think about that.

"I think if you had to give anyone else in this field my tee shots this week, they would have been up near the top of the leaderboard. It just shows you how bad I was around the greens."

Mickelson agreed.

"You watch him with a driver and it's the sweetest thing you can imagine," he said. "He's just so tentative through impact (with his putter). He's just not confident. You can just tell."

Henrik Stenson maintaining form

Henrik Stenson is showing no signs of letdown at the PGA Championship following his record-setting performance in winning the British Open two weeks ago and believes he can stay in the groove.

The big Swede, who shot a final-round 63 to outduel Phil Mickelson and win at Royal Troon with a record 20-under total for his first major, posted his second successive 67 at Baltusrol to finish three shots off the second-round lead.

"I think I'm a hard worker. I work a lot on my game, and I think when I get it in good order, I have been able to keep it going for quite some time and have some long stretches where I've been playing well," Stenson told reporters.

The Swedish world number five draws confidence from his brilliant finish to the 2013 season.

Stenson finished third or better in five of his last seven starts on the PGA Tour, including second in the British Open, third in the PGA and victories in the Deutsche Bank Championship and Tour Championship to claim the FedExCup before winning the European Tour's end-of-season Race to Dubai final.

"I played good for almost four months in 2013," Stenson said. "Of course I try and remind myself of that, and seeing that if I now started playing well here in the middle of the summer, I hope I can continue as long as I can.

"If you feel like you've got your game in good control and as long as you're not getting too run down, then I can carry on that momentum for quite some time."

Stenson said he was still feeling strong, but the hectic 2016 season rolls on and he looks forward to competing in the Olympics, the FedExCup and the Ryder Cup that follows.

"Maybe I'll run out of steam at some point, but up until then, I'll just keep trying my best," said Stenson.

"I expect to be tired at some point, whether it be after this week or after the Olympics.

"I know I'm going to sleep for a week after the Ryder Cup, there's no two ways about that."

Scores

T1 USA Robert Streb -9 18 -7 68 63 - - 131
T1 USA Jimmy Walker -9 18 -4 65 66 - - 131
T3 AUS Jason Day -7 18 -5 68 65 - - 133
T3 ARG Emiliano Grillo -7 18 -3 66 67 - - 133
5 SWE Henrik Stenson -6 18 -3 67 67 - - 134
T6 GER Martin Kaymer -5 18 -1 66 69 - - 135
T6 USA Brooks Koepka -5 18 -3 68 67 - - 135
T6 USA Patrick Reed -5 18 -5 70 65 - - 135
T9 WAL Jamie Donaldson -4 18 -3 69 67 - - 136
T9 USA Harris English -4 18 -1 67 69 - - 136
T9 USA Rickie Fowler -4 18 -2 68 68 - - 136
T9 JPN Hideki Matsuyama -4 18 -3 69 67 - - 136
T13 FRA Gregory Bourdy -3 18 -2 69 68 - - 137
T13 USA Billy Hurley III -3 18 -5 72 65 - - 137
T13 JPN Yuta Ikeda -3 18 -3 70 67 - - 137
T13 USA Zach Johnson -3 18 -4 71 66 - - 137
T13 USA William McGirt -3 18 -3 70 67 - - 137
T13 AUS Adam Scott -3 18 -3 70 67 - - 137
T13 USA Jordan Spieth -3 18 -3 70 67 - - 137
T13 USA Daniel Summerhays -3 18 -3 70 67 - - 137
T13 JPN Hideto Tanihara -3 18 -4 71 66 - - 137
T22 ENG Paul Casey -2 18 -1 69 69 - - 138
T22 KOR K.J. Choi -2 18 Par 68 70 - - 138
T22 USA Jon Curran -2 18 -1 69 69 - - 138
T22 RSA Branden Grace -2 18 -2 70 68 - - 138
T22 AUS Scott Hend -2 18 Par 68 70 - - 138
T22 SWE David Lingmerth -2 18 Par 68 70 - - 138
T22 USA Ryan Moore -2 18 -3 71 67 - - 138
T22 SWE Alexander Noren -2 18 -2 70 68 - - 138
T22 RSA Louis Oosthuizen -2 18 Par 68 70 - - 138
T22 AUS John Senden -2 18 Par 68 70 - - 138
T22 USA Webb Simpson -2 18 -1 69 69 - - 138
T22 ENG Andy Sullivan -2 18 1 67 71 - - 138
T34 RSA George Coetzee -1 18 -3 72 67 - - 139
T34 ENG Ross Fisher -1 18 3 66 73 - - 139
T34 AUS Marcus Fraser -1 18 -2 71 68 - - 139
T34 ENG Tyrrell Hatton -1 18 -2 71 68 - - 139
T34 ENG Andrew Johnston -1 18 -1 70 69 - - 139
T34 DNK Soren Kjeldsen -1 18 -1 70 69 - - 139
T34 NZL Danny Lee -1 18 Par 69 70 - - 139
T34 USA Kevin Na -1 18 -2 71 68 - - 139
T34 USA Brandt Snedeker -1 18 -4 73 66 - - 139
T34 KOR Youngh Han Song -1 18 -2 71 68 - - 139
T34 USA Steve Stricker -1 18 Par 69 70 - - 139
T34 USA Vaughn Taylor -1 18 1 68 71 - - 139
T34 VEN Jhonattan Vegas -1 18 1 68 71 - - 139
T34 ENG Lee Westwood -1 18 Par 69 70 - - 139
T48 AUS Aaron Baddeley Par 18 Par 70 70 - - 140
T48 USA Daniel Berger Par 18 -1 71 69 - - 140
T48 WAL Bradley Dredge Par 18 1 69 71 - - 140
T48 USA Bill Haas Par 18 Par 70 70 - - 140
T48 USA James Hahn Par 18 3 67 73 - - 140
T48 USA Russell Henley Par 18 2 68 72 - - 140
T48 USA Kevin Kisner Par 18 -1 71 69 - - 140
T48 SCO Russell Knox Par 18 Par 70 70 - - 140
T48 AUS Marc Leishman Par 18 -1 71 69 - - 140
T48 USA Kyle Reifers Par 18 Par 70 70 - - 140
T48 USA Brian Stuard Par 18 Par 70 70 - - 140
T48 USA Cameron Tringale Par 18 -2 72 68 - - 140
T48 USA Bubba Watson Par 18 -1 71 69 - - 140
T61 USA Rich Beem 1 18 2 69 72 - - 141
T61 USA Keegan Bradley 1 18 -2 73 68 - - 141
T61 USA Jim Furyk 1 18 -3 74 67 - - 141
T61 IRL Padraig Harrington 1 18 Par 71 70 - - 141
T61 USA Phil Mickelson 1 18 Par 71 70 - - 141
T61 ITA Francesco Molinari 1 18 Par 71 70 - - 141
T61 BEL Thomas Pieters 1 18 Par 71 70 - - 141
T61 USA Justin Thomas 1 18 2 69 72 - - 141
T61 ENG Danny Willett 1 18 Par 71 70 - - 141
T70 THA Kiradech Aphibarnrat 2 18 2 70 72 - - 142
T70 ESP Rafael Cabrera-Bello 2 18 Par 72 70 - - 142
T70 USA Roberto Castro 2 18 Par 72 70 - - 142
T70 USA Jason Dufner 2 18 1 71 71 - - 142
T70 RSA Ernie Els 2 18 -1 73 69 - - 142
T70 ENG Matthew Fitzpatrick 2 18 Par 72 70 - - 142
T70 USA Billy Horschel 2 18 Par 72 70 - - 142
T70 SWE Fredrik Jacobson 2 18 1 71 71 - - 142
T70 THA Thongchai Jaidee 2 18 Par 72 70 - - 142
T70 AUS Matt Jones 2 18 -2 74 68 - - 142
T70 USA Patton Kizzire 2 18 1 71 71 - - 142
T70 USA Colt Knost 2 18 3 69 73 - - 142
T70 USA Jason Kokrak 2 18 2 70 72 - - 142
T70 NED Joost Luiten 2 18 Par 72 70 - - 142
T70 USA Ryan Palmer 2 18 1 71 71 - - 142
T70 ENG Justin Rose 2 18 2 70 72 - - 142
T70 RSA Charl Schwartzel 2 18 -1 73 69 - - 142
CUT ENG Luke Donald 3 18 1 72 71 - - 143
CUT FRA Victor Dubuisson 3 18 4 69 74 - - 143
CUT USA Ryan Helminen 3 18 1 72 71 - - 143
CUT USA Smylie Kaufman 3 18 Par 73 70 - - 143
CUT USA Chris Kirk 3 18 -1 74 69 - - 143
CUT NIR Rory McIlroy 3 18 -1 74 69 - - 143
CUT USA Scott Piercy 3 18 1 72 71 - - 143
CUT ENG Chris Wood 3 18 4 69 74 - - 143
CUT KOR Y.E. Yang 3 18 1 72 71 - - 143
CUT KOR Byeong-Hun An 4 18 2 72 72 - - 144
CUT USA Zac Blair 4 18 1 73 71 - - 144
CUT USA J.B. Holmes 4 18 -1 75 69 - - 144
CUT SWE Rikard Karlberg 4 18 2 72 72 - - 144
CUT DNK Thorbjorn Olesen 4 18 4 70 74 - - 144
CUT USA Rod Perry 4 18 1 73 71 - - 144
CUT FJI Vijay Singh 4 18 Par 74 70 - - 144
CUT USA Brendan Steele 4 18 3 71 73 - - 144
CUT USA Harold Varner III 4 18 2 72 72 - - 144
CUT KOR Si Woo Kim 4 18 3 71 73 - - 144
CUT USA Jason Bohn 5 18 4 71 74 - - 145
CUT USA Kevin Chappell 5 18 3 72 73 - - 145
CUT NIR Darren Clarke 5 18 1 74 71 - - 145
CUT USA Matt Dobyns 5 18 2 73 72 - - 145
CUT ESP Sergio Garcia 5 18 4 71 74 - - 145
CUT USA Charley Hoffman 5 18 Par 75 70 - - 145
CUT IRL Shane Lowry 5 18 3 72 73 - - 145
CUT USA Bryce Molder 5 18 1 74 71 - - 145
CUT USA Ben Polland 5 18 3 72 73 - - 145
CUT USA Kevin Streelman 5 18 Par 75 70 - - 145
CUT USA Gary Woodland 5 18 2 73 72 - - 145
CUT USA Rich Berberian Jr 6 18 4 72 74 - - 146
CUT SWE Jonas Blixt 6 18 1 75 71 - - 146
CUT SWE Kristoffer Broberg 6 18 4 72 74 - - 146
CUT NZL Mark Brown 6 18 1 75 71 - - 146
CUT USA Matt Kuchar 6 18 2 74 72 - - 146
CUT IND Anirban Lahiri 6 18 3 73 73 - - 146
CUT USA Peter Malnati 6 18 3 73 73 - - 146
CUT AUT Bernd Wiesberger 6 18 1 75 71 - - 146
CUT USA John Daly 7 18 3 74 73 - - 147
CUT USA Tony Finau 7 18 Par 77 70 - - 147
CUT USA Brian Gaffney 7 18 3 74 73 - - 147
CUT USA Rob Labitz 7 18 6 71 76 - - 147
CUT KOR Soo-Min Lee 7 18 Par 77 70 - - 147
CUT USA Jamie Lovemark 7 18 6 71 76 - - 147
CUT USA David Muttitt 7 18 4 73 74 - - 147
CUT USA David Toms 7 18 3 74 73 - - 147
CUT USA Michael Block 8 18 6 72 76 - - 148
CUT AUS Greg Chalmers 8 18 6 72 76 - - 148
CUT BEL Nicolas Colsaerts 8 18 6 72 76 - - 148
CUT ARG Fabian Gomez 8 18 3 75 73 - - 148
CUT USA Jim Herman 8 18 1 77 71 - - 148
CUT KOR Kyung-tae Kim 8 18 1 77 71 - - 148
CUT USA Johan Kok 8 18 6 72 76 - - 148
CUT USA Josh Speight 8 18 1 77 71 - - 148
CUT KOR Jeung-hun Wang 8 18 5 73 75 - - 148
CUT USA Dustin Johnson 9 18 2 77 72 - - 149
CUT NIR Graeme McDowell 9 18 5 74 75 - - 149
CUT USA Rocco Mediate 9 18 3 76 73 - - 149
CUT USA Troy Merritt 9 18 2 77 72 - - 149
CUT USA Joe Summerhays 9 18 3 76 73 - - 149
CUT USA Mitch Lowe 10 18 6 74 76 - - 150
CUT USA Tommy Sharp 10 18 3 77 73 - - 150
CUT RSA Brandon Stone 10 18 1 79 71 - - 150
CUT USA Omar Uresti 10 18 8 72 78 - - 150
CUT USA Shaun Micheel 11 18 4 77 74 - - 151
CUT USA Brad Ott 11 18 2 79 72 - - 151
CUT USA Wyatt Worthington II 12 18 6 76 76 - - 152
CUT ENG James Morrison 14 18 6 78 76 - - 154
CUT USA Rick Schuller 14 18 6 78 76 - - 154
CUT USA Brad Lardon 17 18 4 83 74 - - 157

 





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