St. Louis • Sirens blared throughout Bellerive, hanging the second one spherical of the PGA Championship on grasp and finishing a day of scoring hardly noticed in a primary.
Gary Woodland set the 36-hole record — for now, anyway — after a spherical the place his motive force wasn’t as dependable, he didn’t see many putts drop and he didn’t hit the ball reasonably in addition to the day earlier than.
“I can live with that,” he mentioned Friday after a Four-under 66.
That put him at 10-under 130, breaking by one the PGA Championship record and tying the 36-hole rating for all majors.
And it was once only excellent for a one-shot lead over Kevin Kisner.
There have been two rounds of 63, one 64 and 6 65s. And that was once only part of the 156-man box.
Still to be made up our minds was once whether or not Woodland’s rating even holds up because the lead. Storms arrived forcing a two-hour suspension, and the PGA of America declared the remainder of the day a wash when rain pounded the path. Rickie Fowler had simply birdied the 10th gap and was once at 7 beneath.
Tiger Woods had 3 birdies via seven holes as he attempted to get in vary.
“I felt I was headed in the right direction,” mentioned Woods, who was once at Three beneath. “Tomorrow is going to be a long day for a lot of us.”
The 2d spherical was once to renew at 7 a.m. native time. The vegetables can be reasonably smoother, the path reasonably longer, the means unchanged — see flag, purpose at flag.
Perhaps it was once simple for Woodland to not be overly inspired. He was once taking part in with Kisner, who shot 29 at the again 9 and was once in the midst of the 9th fairway — his ultimate gap — desiring a birdie to change into the primary participant to shoot 62 within the PGA Championship. He got here up wanting the fairway, chipped too sturdy and made bogey for a 64, leaving him one shot out of the lead Friday.
Right in entrance of them was once U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka, who had a 20-foot birdie putt he sought after to make for no different reason why than he loves to make birdies. This one ignored, and only later did Koepka are aware of it was once for 62. Instead, he was once the 15th participant to shoot 63 within the PGA Championship.
“My caddie said something walking off,” Koepka mentioned. “I didn’t even think of it. I’ve been so in the zone, you don’t know where you are.”
And then Charl Schwartzel made it 16 gamers along with his eight-birdie spherical of 63.
No one from the afternoon draw finished greater than 12 holes. The plan was once to complete the second one spherical, make the lower after which straight away get started the 3rd spherical in threesomes off each tees.
“I feel like we’re in a good spot,” Fowler mentioned. “But the nice thing about the delay and going back out tomorrow morning, we’ll get fresh greens.”
Bellerive in reality had no protection.
Woodland and Kisner performed in the similar team, and so they introduced a nice instance that Bellerive is accommodating to as regards to any recreation. Woodland is likely one of the maximum tough gamers in golfing. Kisner isn’t. He is based extra on a blank hit along with his irons and a nice brief recreation.
The path is so cushy — no longer such a lot from Tuesday’s rain, but the extraordinary warmth that calls for extra water at the turf — that each flag is out there supplied gamers in finding the plentiful fairways.
“Greens are receptive, so my 4-iron stops as quick as his 7-iron,” Kisner mentioned. “If they were firm, I don’t think I would have a chance with the way the greens are situated and the places they’re putting the flags. But being receptive, that’s my only hope.”
Woodland’s 36-hole rating broke the PGA record by one shot, maximum lately set by Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb at Baltusrol. It additionally tied the 36-hole record for all majors, matching Jordan Spieth at the 2015 Masters, Martin Kaymer at the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 and Brandt Snedeker (Royal Lytham & St. Annes in 2012) and Nick Faldo (Muirfield in 1992) at the British Open.
Koepka was once at Eight-under 132, two pictures at the back of.
Dustin Johnson, the arena’s No. 1 participant, had a 66 and joined Schwartzel and Thomas Pieters (66) at 133.
Spieth nonetheless has hope in his 2d take a look at at a occupation Grand Slam. Spieth didn’t get beneath par for the match till his 7th gap Friday — the par-Three 16th gap — and he controlled to do sufficient proper for a 66 to get inside of seven pictures of the lead.
Spieth has battled along with his recreation all 12 months, and his self assurance isn’t at its height. It’s the character of the path that makes him really feel he has a farther climb than the seven pictures that separate him from Woodland.
“A little frustrated at this place in general,” Spieth mentioned. “This course would be phenomenal — and probably is phenomenal — if it’s not playing soft. You get away with more. You don’t have to be as precise. … Personally, I would prefer more difficult and firmer, faster conditions on the greens. Having said that, I would have shot a much higher score yesterday.”
Defending champion Justin Thomas was once at 2 beneath via seven holes, whilst Rory McIlroy was once annoyed with all pars in his seven holes. On a day like this, that intended dropping flooring.
“It’s been 16 pars in a row from yesterday to today, so hopefully I can break that run in the morning,” McIlroy mentioned.
Midway during the afternoon spherical, the lower was once projected to be even par. Woodland, even with the bottom 36-hole rating in 60 years of stroke play at the PGA Championship, nonetheless had a lengthy approach to cross. In stipulations like Bellerive, no lead was once protected.
“I feel safe because I feel safe where my game is,” Woodland mentioned. “I’m not too worried with what anyone else is doing out there.”