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Jason Day shares lead in PGA's suspended Round 2

Jason Day has a share of the lead when the second round is suspended late in the day.
Jason Day has a share of the lead when the second round is suspended late in the day.
Published Aug. 15, 2015

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — The second round of the PGA Championship offered a little bit of everything Friday.

Except a conclusion.

Jordan Spieth piled up enough birdies to momentarily tie for the lead at Whistling Straits. Japan's Hiroshi Iwata ran off five birdies and an eagle, and tied the major championship record with 63.

First-round leader Dustin Johnson lost ground in the rough and in the bunkers, and fell out of the lead with three bogeys in a four-hole stretch. John Daly lost his cool and then lost a 6-iron when he heaved it in Lake Michigan.

And that was before a wicked storm arrived that packed wind up to 48 mph and forced the round to be suspended with players on the course.

Jason Day ran off three straight birdies and was tied for the lead with Matt Jones at 9 under when players were taken off the course around 6:30 p.m. Eastern time. The storm was severe enough to topple the main scoreboard at the entrance and rip flags off the poles atop some of the grandstands.

The round was scheduled to resume at 7 this morning, with the third to begin about 30 minutes after its conclusion.

Justin Rose pulled within one shot of the lead with back-to-back birdies. He headed to the 18th tee feeling good about being able to finish.

"I opened my big mouth to the boys playing with us," Rose said. "I said, 'The end is in sight.' And 30 seconds later, they blew the horn. So my name is mud all over here."

Tiger Woods, for all his struggles in the majors this year, can at least say he made it to the weekend in three of them. He made the cut at the Masters. He missed the cut Saturday after the second round of the wind-delayed British Open. He still had hope at the PGA Championship, though he was 4 over with five holes to play, two shots from the projected cut.

Seven players had at least a share of the lead at some point as a strong breeze in the morning gave way to steamy sunshine and virtually no wind until the storm moved in. When players were evacuated from the course, 11 players were separated by three shots.

David Lingmerth made only four pars in his wild round of 2-under 70 and was the clubhouse leader at 7-under 137. One shot behind in the clubhouse was a group that included Spieth (67), the Masters and U.S. Open champion who is very much in the picture to join Woods and Ben Hogan as the only players to win three majors in one year.

Rory McIlroy had hopes of being a little closer to the lead. Coming off an ankle injury that has kept him out since the U.S. Open, he world's No. 1 player went cold with the putter and had to settle for another round of 71 that put him at 2-under 142.

"You're going to have to have more of a short game to be able to salvage par sometimes," he said. "I wasn't quite able to do that (Friday) at points. But there's still enough good stuff to give me encouragement and make me feel that I can shoot a low one (today) and get myself back into it."

Day was through 14 holes. Jones, a fellow Australian, was through 12 holes and on the front nine.

Day shared the 54-hole lead at the U.S. Open while coping with vertigo symptoms. He missed by one turn of the ball a birdie on the 18th at St. Andrews that would have put him in a playoff at the British Open.

He was thrilled to stop play, especially as the storm clouds turned dark and he had trouble with depth perception on some of his wedges.

"We'll see how it goes (today)," Day said. "We've got some scoring holes and some tough ones to finish on. But I'm real happy to be done."

Daly's tournament effectively ended on the seventh hole when he hit 4-iron into the lake and then followed with two more tee shots with his 6-iron into the lake. After a fourth attempt found the green, Daly heaved his 6-iron into the lake and made 10. He shot 82 and will miss the cut at 11 over.

PGA Championship leaderboard

Name Par Thru

Jason Day -9 14

Matt Jones -9 12

Justin Rose -8 17

David Lingmerth -7 F

Harris English -7 15

Tony Finau -7 13

Jordan Spieth -6 F

Scott Piercy -6 F

Brendan Steele -6 F

Russell Henley -6 17

J.B. Holmes -6 14


Dustin Johnson -5 14

Rory McIlroy -2 F

Rickie Fowler E 14

Phil Mickelson +1 F

Tiger Woods +4 14