Aug 11th, 2018

Gary Woodland breaks USPGA 36 hole record

And which two players nearly shot 62?

Thunder and lightning halted play at Bellerive last night but not before big-hitting Gary Woodland set a new lowest 36-hole score at the US PGA Championship.

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Woodland, 34, shot a four-under 66 to reach -10 and become the fifth man to card 130 at the halfway stage of a major.

He is one clear of Kevin Kisner, who shot a six-under 64.

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Half of the 156-man field had not completed their rounds when play was called off at 23:35 BST. They will restart at 13:00 today, with the third round beginning 30 minutes after the second round fin ishes.

Groups will be made up of three players rather than two in order to catch up.

Players who did finish included Rickie Fowler who got it to -7 after 10 holes. He was the highest placed player yet to finish.

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Late starters included Tiger  (-3), Justin Thomas (-2) and Rory McIlroy (Even). They will resume on the par 5 eighth hole.

The biggest disappointments befell US Open champion Brooks Koepka and Charl Schwartzel who both missed putts on the last for 62s that would have equalled the lowest round in a major.

American Koepka moved to eight under for the tournament with seven birdies in his bogey-free 63, missing a 20-foot putt on the ninth to match Branden Grace's 62 set at the 2017 Open.

The last and only other time that two players shot 63 on the same day at a major, was when Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf went low at the 1980 US Open at Baltusrol.

World number one Dustin Johnson and Belgium's Thomas Pieters are level with Schwartzel at -7 after carding 66s.

Open Championship runner-up Kevin Kisner holed six birdies as he played his first nine holes in 29 shots to move into the lead on nine under, while Woodland avenged a bogey on the 14th with an eagle three on the par-five 17th.

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That left Woodland a shot behind Kisner going into the front nine - where the pair continued to exchange the lead in a thrilling battle.

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Back to back birdies for Woodland on the second and third moved him back into the lead at -10, a bogey on the fourth saw him level with Kisner, wh then birdied the seventh to move clear at 10 under but Woodland picked up a shot on the next to join him before Kisner bogeyed the ninth.

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