Aug 14th, 2015
Video: US PGA Championship Second Round Recap
Day and Jones lead at -9
Words: Conor Froud Photography: Getty Images
It was what Jim Ross would call a "slobber knocker" of a day at Whistling Straights as birdies were banged in left, right and centre. It was a battle royal for the top spot, fought for ferociously, with the lead changing from one moment to the next. Rain delayed and with over a third of the field still to finish their second round after a storm came in with 48MPH gusts of wind, 11 players are within three strokes of the lead.
Russel Henley's amazing putt Day 2
Australian Jason Day and the American Matt Jones lead at the abrupt end of the rain delayed second round. Day has looked set on winning a major for many years and has been so close in all four of them. He is bombing it this week and his 313 yard driving distance average was four ahead of second placed Dustin Johnson. After winning the Canadian Open only a few weeks ago Jason has a positive vibe flowing through his veins and surely this will finally be the tournament where he breaks through in a major championship. Matt Jones is currently playing a beautiful round where he is yet to drop a shot mixing that with five birdies on his way to leading at eight under par.
Highlights from Day 2
2013 US Open Champion Justin Rose is the leading Brit and is now looking to kick on and win his second major on American soil. He attacked the leaders and five under par through 17 holes. His putter has been hot and cold but after eight birdies in 17 holes Justin is looking in red hot form going into the weekend..
Jordan Speith put together a spellbinding round of 67 to be -6 for the tournament. At the moment he is coming out on top of his duel with Rory McIlroy, his round igniting after a birdie on the 18th where he holed out from the bunker! Speith's form in majors this year has been second to none and it's going to be difficult to stop him from claiming his third major of 2015 as he lurks ominously just three shots off the lead.
Dustin Johnson tied the lead at one point during his round after back to back birdies at nine and ten. However after dropping shots at the 11th, 13th and the 14th the weekend implosion he usually suffers from seems to have come early this week. He currently sits at five under for the tournament through 14 holes.
Rory McIlroy had a frustrating day as he shot a one under par 71. He admitted he was hitting the ball 'pretty well' from tee to green however the World number 1 said "I'm probably just not as sharp with the short game as I want to be" which proved to be his undoing as he struggled to convert the many good chances he gave himself for birdie on the course today.
With over 36 holes still to play this tournament is still totally up for grabs. While Day looks in imperious form can he go all the way and finally get the job done?