US PGA Championship R2

English trio play themselves into contention

August 06-09
TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, California
$11,000,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


US PGA Championship R2 - English trio play themselves into contention
Tommy Fleetwood on the seventh hole. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu


Tommy Fleetwood fired a brilliant second round of 64 to lead a three-pronged bid for an extremely rare English success in the US PGA Championship in San Francisco.


China’s Li Haotong held the halfway lead at Harding Park on eight under par, with Fleetwood sharing second place with compatriot Justin Rose, defending champion Brooks Koepka, Jason Day, Daniel Berger and France’s Mike Lorenzo-Vera.

Fleetwood’s fellow Englishman and Ryder Cup team-mate Paul Casey was a shot further back on five under, while Rory McIlroy lies seven shots off the pace after a frustrating 69, a stroke ahead of playing partner Tiger Woods.



Jim Barnes (1916 and 1919) is the only Englishman to have lifted the Wanamaker Trophy, but Fleetwood, Rose and Casey will have high hopes of ending the 101-year wait for an English winner on Sunday.

“Yesterday I had a decent score going and had a bad couple of holes on 12 and 13 which halted progress,” Fleetwood said. “Level par wasn’t a bad score and today I feel like my game is improving day by day since I’ve come back.


“Today I hit a lot of fairways and that clearly makes it easier from there round this golf course.”

Fleetwood is seeking his first major title after finishing runner-up to Koepka in the 2018 US Open at Shinnecock Hills and second in last year’s Open Championship at Royal Portrush.

“I’m the same person. I’ve got a little bit more experience,” Fleetwood added.

“If you look at it, was I playing better at Shinnecock? Maybe. But that might only be because I’ve only played two weeks since coming back.

“I feel the same, I guess, with a few more majors under my belt of experience. Hopefully they stand me in good stead over the weekend. Any time you’re in contention for a major, it’s an experience, and I feel like I’ve done it a few times, so every time you learn.

“Every time these weeks come about you just hope – you prepare for it to be your week, and today was a great day. Got a weekend of golf left. We’ll see.”

US PGA Championship R2 - English trio play themselves into contention
Paul Casey with his caddie John McLaren on the fourth hole. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)


Casey has a best finish of 32nd from four starts since the PGA Tour returned to action and admitted he had struggled to adapt to playing without fans.

“I’ve really missed it, plain and simple,” Casey said. “I’ve felt I’ve not been able to sort of just get the excitement going. I felt very flat.

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“Life away from the golf course here is also quite flat. You’d go out and have dinners and hang out with people and none of that exists now as we know it, so I’ve not really enjoyed being out playing golf.”

Li, who finished third in the 2017 Open Championship after a closing 63 at Royal Birkdale, admitted his performance had come as a surprise after missing the cut in the Memorial Tournament and finishing 75th in the 78-man field in WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational since returning to action.

“I’ve got no expectation actually because of staying at home doing nothing. I just want to go out there and have fun,” the 25-year-old said.

“I didn’t even think I could play like this this week, especially, like you said, got no confidence. Probably it helped me clear my mind a little bit this week.”



Koepka, who is seeking an historic hat-trick of victories in the event, is ominously poised on the leaderboard, although the four-time major winner needed treatment on the course for a problem during his 68.

The four-time major winner has struggled with a left knee injury this season but said: “It was my hip. Nothing to do with my knee. It’s fine.

“I woke up this morning, it was tight, and I worked out and it got even tighter and then we loosened it up. It was a little tight when I was hitting balls on the range but it’s nothing to be worried about. We’ll loosen it up again and it will be a lot better.

“My TFL (tensor fascia latae) is usually pretty tight on the side. It just kind of moved to the front and tightened up the front and kind of the inside and groin. It will be fine. It’s something I’m not worried about.”

Four birdies in a row from the seventh briefly got McIlroy within five of the lead before a deflating triple bogey on the 12th, while Woods failed to hole a putt of any significance in a 72 which left him on level par.

Open champion Shane Lowry is on the same score after also struggling to a 72 and was so frustrated that he snapped a club over his knee on the 13th.


Rickie Fowler missed his first cut in a major for four years after suffering an embarrassing mishap in the second round.

He was left with a six-inch putt for a bogey on the sixth, his 15th hole of the day, but stubbed his putter into the ground before it made contact with the ball.

The ball barely moved but the stroke counted and Fowler tapped in for a double-bogey six before dropping another shot on the eighth to add a 69 to his opening 73.

The 31-year-old American then faced a lengthy wait to see if his total of two over par would be enough to make the weekend, but the cut fell at one over.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Haotong Li
-8
67
65
132
T2
Daniel Berger
-6
67
67
134
T2
Jason Day
-6
65
69
134
T2
Tommy Fleetwood
-6
70
64
134
T2
Brooks Koepka
-6
66
68
134
T2
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
-6
66
68
134
T2
Justin Rose
-6
66
68
134
T8
Paul Casey
-5
68
67
135
T8
Cameron Champ
-5
71
64
135
T8
Brendon Todd
-5
65
70
135
T11
Lanto Griffin
-4
68
68
136
T11
Dustin Johnson
-4
69
67
136
T11
Alex Noren
-4
67
69
136
T11
Xander Schauffele
-4
66
70
136
T11
Bernd Wiesberger
-4
68
68
136
T15
Bud Cauley
-3
66
71
137
T15
Joel Dahmen
-3
69
68
137
T15
Tony Finau
-3
67
70
137
T15
Dylan Frittelli
-3
70
67
137
T15
Si Woo Kim
-3
69
68
137
T15
Hideki Matsuyama
-3
70
67
137
T15
Scottie Scheffler
-3
66
71
137
T15
Brendan Steele
-3
66
71
137
T15
Matthew Wolff
-3
69
68
137
T24
Bryson DeChambeau
-2
68
70
138
T24
Collin Morikawa
-2
69
69
138
T24
Patrick Reed
-2
68
70
138
T24
Adam Scott
-2
68
70
138
T24
Brandt Snedeker
-2
72
66
138
T24
Harold Varner III
-2
72
66
138
T30
Abraham Ancer
-1
69
70
139
T30
Adam Hadwin
-1
68
71
139
T30
Brian Harman
-1
68
71
139
T30
Viktor Hovland
-1
68
71
139
T30
Nate Lashley
-1
69
70
139
T30
Joost Luiten
-1
71
68
139
T30
Denny McCarthy
-1
70
69
139
T30
Rory McIlroy
-1
70
69
139
T30
Victor Perez
-1
70
69
139
T30
Jon Rahm
-1
70
69
139
T30
Webb Simpson
-1
71
68
139
T30
Kevin Streelman
-1
69
70
139
T30
Gary Woodland
-1
67
72
139
T43
Harris English
E
69
71
140
T43
Emiliano Grillo
E
70
70
140
T43
Jim Herman
E
71
69
140
T43
Tom Hoge
E
72
68
140
T43
Billy Horschel
E
69
71
140
T43
Kevin Kisner
E
67
73
140
T43
Kurt Kitayama
E
68
72
140
T43
Danny Lee
E
69
71
140
T43
Shane Lowry
E
68
72
140
T43
Robert MacIntyre
E
73
67
140
T43
Keith Mitchell
E
68
72
140
T43
Ryan Palmer
E
74
66
140
T43
Doc Redman
E
73
67
140
T43
Cameron Smith
E
71
69
140
T43
Tiger Woods
E
68
72
140
44
Russell Henley
E
71
69
140
T58
Byeong Hun An
1
72
69
141
T58
Patrick Cantlay
1
73
68
141
T58
Mark Hubbard
1
70
71
141
T58
Mackenzie Hughes
1
73
68
141
T58
Sung Kang
1
70
71
141
T58
Luke List
1
72
69
141
T58
Adam Long
1
73
68
141
T58
Phil Mickelson
1
72
69
141
T58
Louis Oosthuizen
1
70
71
141
T58
J.T. Poston
1
67
74
141
T58
Ian Poulter
1
73
68
141
T58
Chez Reavie
1
71
70
141
T58
Rory Sabbatini
1
71
70
141
T58
Charl Schwartzel
1
73
68
141
T58
Jordan Spieth
1
73
68
141
T58
Sepp Straka
1
70
71
141
T58
Justin Thomas
1
71
70
141
T58
Matt Wallace
1
71
70
141
T58
Bubba Watson
1
70
71
141
T58
Erik van Rooyen
1
71
70
141
CUT
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
2
72
70
142
CUT
Jason Dufner
2
70
72
142
CUT
Rickie Fowler
2
73
69
142
CUT
Jim Furyk
2
71
71
142
CUT
Talor Gooch
2
71
71
142
CUT
Ryo Ishikawa
2
72
70
142
CUT
Zach Johnson
2
66
76
142
CUT
Chan Kim
2
72
70
142
CUT
Marc Leishman
2
70
72
142
CUT
Shaun Norris
2
69
73
142
CUT
Carlos Ortiz
2
72
70
142
CUT
Henrik Stenson
2
70
72
142
CUT
Lucas Glover
3
71
72
143
CUT
Tyrrell Hatton
3
72
71
143
CUT
Lucas Herbert
3
73
70
143
CUT
Jason Kokrak
3
69
74
143
CUT
Matt Kuchar
3
71
72
143
CUT
Andrew Landry
3
74
69
143
CUT
Tom Lewis
3
67
76
143
CUT
Sebastián Muñoz
3
71
72
143
CUT
Kevin Na
3
70
73
143
CUT
Steve Stricker
3
72
71
143
CUT
Michael Thompson
3
71
72
143
CUT
Richy Werenski
3
71
72
143
CUT
Xinjun Zhang
3
72
71
143
CUT
Alex Beach
4
73
71
144
CUT
Wyndham Clark
4
71
73
144
CUT
Matthew Fitzpatrick
4
74
70
144
CUT
Sungjae Im
4
73
71
144
CUT
Joaquin Niemann
4
75
69
144
CUT
Cheng Tsung Pan
4
72
72
144
CUT
Scott Piercy
4
70
74
144
CUT
Keegan Bradley
5
73
72
145
CUT
Corey Conners
5
69
76
145
CUT
Tyler Duncan
5
74
71
145
CUT
Max Homa
5
74
71
145
CUT
Jazz Janewattananond
5
74
71
145
CUT
Matt Jones
5
70
75
145
CUT
Troy Merritt
5
73
72
145
CUT
Matthias Schwab
5
69
76
145
CUT
Brian Stuard
5
72
73
145
CUT
Ben Cook
6
71
75
146
CUT
Sergio Garcia
6
73
73
146
CUT
Benjamin Hebert
6
75
71
146
CUT
Graeme McDowell
6
72
74
146
CUT
Andrew Putnam
6
73
73
146
CUT
Bob Sowards
6
71
75
146
CUT
Joohyung Kim
7
70
77
147
CUT
Rob Labritz
7
71
76
147
CUT
David Muttitt
7
72
75
147
CUT
Jimmy Walker
7
73
74
147
CUT
Danny Willett
7
75
72
147
CUT
Rafa Cabrera Bello
8
72
76
148
CUT
Jason Caron
8
76
72
148
CUT
Martin Kaymer
8
66
82
148
CUT
John O’leary
8
75
73
148
CUT
Mike Auterson
9
75
74
149
CUT
Davis Love III
9
73
76
149
CUT
Shaun Micheel
9
72
77
149
CUT
J.R. Roth
9
74
75
149
CUT
Nick Taylor
9
76
73
149
CUT
Daniel Balin
10
74
76
150
CUT
Richard Berberian Jr.
10
76
74
150
CUT
Marty Jertson
10
74
76
150
CUT
Ryan Vermeer
10
79
71
150
CUT
Marcus Kinhult
11
74
77
151
CUT
Ken Tanigawa
11
78
73
151
CUT
Shawn Warren
11
78
73
151
CUT
Justin Bertsch
13
78
75
153
CUT
Jorge Campillo
14
74
80
154
CUT
Jeff Hart
14
77
77
154
CUT
Rich Beem
15
80
75
155
CUT
Rod Perry
16
75
81
156
CUT
Alex Knoll
17
77
80
157
CUT
Judd Gibb
21
77
84
161
CUT
Zach J. Johnson
21
82
79
161