If the first round of the PGA Championship was any indication, we are in for a scintillating final major of the year.
The leaderboard after Thursday isn't always a great omen for who we'll be seeing on Sunday, but this time it feels different.
Already sitting in the top 10 we have former U.S. Open winner Jim Furyk, 2013 Masters winner Adam Scott, the ever-competitive Lee Westwood, the super-consistent Matt Kuchar and Jason Day, who has two top-three finishes at the majors this year.
We may already be looking at the guys who are around late on Sunday.
Let's take a look at everything you need to know to see Round 2 action.
Day 2 Schedule and Viewing Info
TV Coverage: TNT (1-7 p.m. ET)
Live Stream: PGATour.com
Players to Watch
Adam Scott and Jim Furyk
Adam Scott and Jim Furyk will begin Friday as the co-leaders after impressive five-under 65's, which were just one shot off the Oak Hill record, per the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson:
Of course, that's not necessarily an indication of tournament success. According to ESPN's Justin Ray, being an 18-hole leader has recently meant the opposite of what most might think:
Furyk is a seasoned veteran who has been here before, and Scott has established himself as a constant threat at majors—five top-10's in his last eight, zero cuts. It will be compelling to see if these two fantastic golfers keep up the odd recent trend of falling apart after top first-round performances.
Stop me if you've heard this before: Lee Westwood is in serious contention after Day 1.
The 40-year-old and former World No. 1 has made a knack over the years of putting himself in the running—in his last 18 majors, he has finished in the top 10 an amazing 11 times.
Finishing the job, however, has been a different story, as his 62 career major appearances and 16 top-10 finishes have netted him zero wins.
Will this finally be the time Westwood breaks through? Or will it just be another get-our-hopes-up-but-find-a-way-to-choke-in-the-end kind of performance?
Hopefully it's the former, because there a very few players who deserve a major win more than the established veteran.
It's been somewhat of a nightmarish season for Rory McIlroy, who entered the year with a World No. 1 ranking and expectations of taking a step towards becoming the "next Tiger."
Things haven't quite gone so swimmingly, however, and that's a gargantuan understatement.
McIlroy has been painfully inconsistent. He has failed to win any of the 12 events he has played, and in three majors, he has finished 25th, 41st and missed the cut. He has been closer to mediocre than elite.
If there's a tournament for him to turn it around, though, it will be at the PGA Championship.
The 24-year-old North Irishman won last year and has three top-three finishes in the last four years. On Thursday, he took a step towards repeating that success, shooting an encouraging one-under 69.
Or, you know, maybe he's the reverse Samson and his recent haircut has given him his power back.
Either way, this looks to be the tournament that finally wakes him up in 2013.
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!