Woodland maintains PGA Championship lead as storm disrupts play

Woodland maintains PGA Championship lead as storm disrupts play

So coming into the 100th PGA Championship, he wasn't exactly burning up the prognosticators picks to win and, in the process, complete the career Grand Slam.

Mickelson had qualified automatically for the US team stretching back to his debut in 1995, making 11 consecutive appearances in the biennial event.

Mickelson shot 71 in the second round, which was completed Saturday morning, and finished 4-over, missing the cut by four strokes.

Woods, ranked 51st, won his most recent major title at the 2008 US Open and has not won any event since the 2013 WGC Bridgestone Invitational but showed solid form last month by leading on the back nine Sunday at last month's British Open.

The four-time US PGA champion is 10 under on the front nine for the tournament, but two over on the back nine this week. The 2005 victor of the PGA at Baltusrol had made 21 consecutive cuts prior to that going back to 1995.

Finau is No. 13 in the standings and gets two more rounds, though he certainly left an impression on Furyk, who played alongside him. US captain Jim Furyk will then make two captains picks on September 4 and another two on September 10.

"It's going to be a long day", Fowler said. Woods already has been named an assistant captain.

Thunderstorms then forced play to be suspended in mid-afternoon and later abandoned for the day, with the second round set to resume at 7am local time on Saturday.

Mickelson entered the week 10th in the standings and needed roughly a top-20 finish to give himself a chance. But what he did to make the 36-hole cut will be remembered - and probably improved his chances of being picked for the USA team in the Ryder Cup.

Tiger Woods has brief practice, recovering physically before PGA Championship
But after a series of back surgeries, he is back swinging fully and even finished sixth at the Open at Carnoustie last month. Open record this year with a 63 in the final round, but that wasn't enough to undo the damage of a 78 on Saturday.

The total purse for the PGA Championship has increased to $11 million, matching the Masters and The Players Championship for the second-biggest on the PGA Tour this year. Kevin Kisner will tee off with him as he is -9 while Brooks Kopeka and Fowler are -8.

He came up short of the green, chipped too strong and made bogey for a 64, leaving him one shot out of the lead Friday.

Tiger Woods, who birdied the second and third holes after an opening par, joined Rory McIlroy and defending champion Justin Thomas in the top afternoon group on a course offering near-record scores.

"I wish my score was closer to the lead but not many guys are up there. I know he's a little frustrated on the back nine with not making a some of those putts, but made a few on the front nine, and it all evens out". The outcome's going to be the outcome.

"Emotional roller coaster - five birdies in a row to start my round then a triple in there". I felt like I was putting for birdie pretty much every hole. "For sure, it was the craziest round I think he's ever seen".

Johnson also missed a 10-footer for birdie at the sixth.

Said Kisner: "Got to listen to all of the KU/Missouri banter all day with Gary, I didn't know that was such a rivalry". So maybe it kind of woke me up.

"After this week I could just retire, it's been so incredible".

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