PGA Championship Headlines, after an action packed Day 1, Day 2 required some more patience. The fans were there in droves, impressive galleries all around the course enduring some patches of tough weather. Oak Hill proved itself to be a tough test, while there are a lot of big names at the top of the leaderboard there just as many stars below the cut line.
Michael Block (E)
Block qualified for this event by finishing T-2 at the PGA Professional’s Championship and he has seized the opportunity…
Always fun to watch an underdog achieve at the highest level. Michael Block may be the biggest PGA Championship Headline of the weekend even if he doesn’t end up like Francis Ouimet but it’s a great story and obviously it means a lot to him…
"I don't know why that makes me emotional but it does."— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) May 19, 2023
Michael Block was brought to tears when he was told he is out in front of Masters champion Jon Rahm.
On a trying Oak Hill course, he shot 70-70 and will make the cut @PGAChampionship. pic.twitter.com/FbDV0GHEVd
Justin Rose (-1)
Another early PGA Championship Headline on Friday was owned by Justin Rose, he shot a 33 on the front while the rest of field was struggling.
The back nine did not go as well. Rose struggled off the tee, when he finished his round he ranked 110th in strokes gained off the tee. If he can’t figure out his drives he doesn’t stand a chance. However at the time he finished his round he was 2nd in strokes gained around the green ranking 1st in birdies for the tournament with 10. So with just a slight improvement off the tee Rose could find himself in contention.
Jon Rahm (+4)
Not the tournament we were all expecting from The Masters champ but understandable given the challenge of Oak Hill. Even still Rahm shot 2-under to keep himself in the mix for the weekend, he’s a long shot, +11000… gotta be worth a few bucks? Better odds on that than your local lottery ticket. Safe to say he’s not happy with the course…
Rahm’s thoughts on the 11th?— Sean Zak (@Sean_Zak) May 19, 2023
“Great hole, PGA. Great f—king hole.” pic.twitter.com/EMo2ZqWnmi
Brooks Koepka (-2)
Watch out for Brooks Koepka, he shot a 31 on the back 9 gaining momentum for moving day. He’s 3 shots off the lead and trending in the right direction. Could he find himself in the final paring coming Sunday? I could see that.
Bryson DeChambeau (-3)
Lots of eyeballs were on Bryson today and not the performance he was looking for. Plus 3 on the front, with 3 birdies on the back, but a bogey on 18. Not surprisingly he’s 1st in strokes gained off the tee, also not surprising he’s 106th and 69th on strokes gained around the green and putting. That being said, he’s right there.
Corey Conners (-5)
The Canadian finds himself T-1 after 36 holes, he held a solo lead momentarily today. He’s just playing solid golf and making birdies when he needs to. Strokes gained off the tee he’s 34th, strokes gained around the green he’s 40th, but approach, putting, and tee-to-green he’s top 10in all of them. Limiting mistakes and playing boring golf but he’s in contention and could take it home. Don’t sleep on him hoosers!
Scottie Scheffler (-5)
It’s a major golf tournament, it’s Scottie’s world and we’re just living in it.
Not sure what we’re all expecting at this point but Scottie Scheffler just delivers when it comes to pressure golf.
Sam Burns – +10 on the day and +14 on the tournament. Tough two days for Sammy.
Cameron Young – +5 in round 2 putting him at +9. Woof
Tom Kim – Hoping the mud-man could make a run but he was +5 today and +8 total. Love the effort though bud
Gary Woodland – Not the tournament Gary had envisioned but how about this up and down?
Russell Henley – The local favorite here at Birdie Birdie Bogey. Do we have any ties to Macon, GA or the University of Georgia? No. We are unofficially the Russell Henley fan-group, you’ll never know why. Tough tourney but get em next time Russ!
Again this looks like it’s shaping up to be Scottie Schefflers tournament (+140🤮) but if you want to throw down some WAM (walking around money) then here’s a few…
Brooks Koepka +1000
Justin Rose +3500
Patrick Cantlay +3500
Dustin Johnson +5000
Callum Tarren +9000 *I’ll roll the dice*
We’re into weekend play on a major, can’t beat the excitement. Enjoy…