PGA Championship 2013 Standings: Day 2 Highlights, Cut Line Updates and More
Jason Dufner is the two-round leader at the 2013 PGA Championship.
The 36-year-old might be the inspiration behind "Dufnering," but he had nothing to slouch about after shooting a seven-under 63 and grabbing the two-day lead at the final major of the 2013 PGA Tour season. For the tournament, he will take a score of nine under into the weekend.
As noted by Ron Green Jr., Dufner set a course record at Oak Hill on Friday. Webb Simpson had tied Ben Hogan and Curtis Strange's previous record of 64 early in the day:
Webb Simpson had a share of the Oak Hill course record for about 5 hours today...now it's Jason Dufner's 63.... 26th 63 in a major— RonGreenJr (@RonGreenJr) August 9, 2013
Shots like this, as shown by the PGA.com's official Twitter account, were falling left and right for Dufner during the second round:
Behind Dufner, Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar and Jim Furyk are all two shots off the pace at seven under. Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson are currently six under, while Steve Stricker and Simpson highlight a group of golfers hovering around contention.
Lee Westwood (-1), Rory McIlroy (E) and Tiger Woods (+1) all failed to vault themselves up the leaderboard on Friday but did manage to make the cut. Phil Mickelson (+2) had trouble adjusting to Oak Hill for the second straight day.
The field is littered with former major championship winners all vying for their next big victory, but one such member of golf's elusive club won't be around to compete this weekend.
As noted by Dave Shedloski of Golf World Magazine, two-time major championship winner Angel Cabrera was forced to withdraw from Oak Hill on Friday due to a wrist injury:
Angel Cabrera is WD with a left wrist injury.— Dave Shedloski (@DaveShedloski) August 9, 2013
While we've grown accustomed to seeing Cabrera in the mix at majors, there was enough drama in New York on Friday to more than make up for his absence.
Starting with Webb Simpson, records came crashing down. Dufner didn't let the paint dry on that record before taking it down with an impressive low score of his own, coming just one stroke shy of breaking a PGA Tour low-round record at a major championship.
Elsewhere, Round 1 co-leaders Scott and Furyk both finished two under on Friday and are now tied with Kuchar for second-place bragging rights. The 2013 Masters winner played in the same group with Rose, who just missed a course record on the front nine by hitting six birdies and no bogeys.
The PGA Championship's Twitter account had this Scott quote about Rose after the second round:
So far, Oak Hill is lending itself to low scores.
Rewarding golfers willing to be aggressive yet cautious with respect to the fairway, the East Course has been the most exciting out of the four courses used for majors this year. Granted, Augusta produced a winner (Scott) at nine under, but Oak Hill could venture into the 15-under region if scores like Friday's keep coming in.
One player who has not adjusted to Oak Hill well is Woods. As noted by ESPN's Justin Ray, his odds to win the tournament are faulty at best:
Woods currently T-39th. Worst 36-hole pos. ever by any major winner is T-35th. Tiger 0 major wins when outside T-5 thru 36.— Justin Ray (@JRayESPNGolf) August 9, 2013
Expected to contend for—if not win going away—his 15th career major championship this week, the putting and driver struggles we've seen plague Woods all season are back at the PGA Championship.
Each time he takes a step forward, he takes two steps back.
That was extremely evident on the final four holes of his afternoon, where he went birdie-bogey-birdie-bogey to close out the second round. It was also evident at No. 14, where Woods hit the green with his driver but three-putted his way to a par on a crucial hole.
The bogey on No. 18 was simply demoralizing—Woods needs a miracle to make up for the 10 strokes he currently lacks behind Dufner.
Back at the top of the board, there's a good mix of golfers searching for major championship No. 1 coupled with those who have already tasted the sweet nectar of that victory.
As it always is heading into the weekend at majors, it's still anyone's tournament.
Cut Line Projection
With Dufner setting the pace at nine under, the cut was very unforgiving at the final major of the 2013 season.
Per the PGATour.com leaderboard, those who finished lower than three over will not be participating through the weekend at Oak Hill.
Just hovering inside that mark is a talented list of golfers.
Brandt Snedeker, Harris English, Dustin Johnson and Rafael Cabrera Bello all finished at three over through two rounds of action, but as of right now, all would appear to be in the mix to make a miraculous comeback—or at the very least move up the leaderboard on Saturday and Sunday.
Of course, with every golfer that just squeezes by the cut, five more are sent home.
Notable Projected Cuts
Nicolas Colsaerts (+4)
Bubba Watson (+4)
Davis Love III (+4)
Luke Donald (+5)
Ernie Els (+6)
Padraig Harrington (+7)
Tom Watson (+10)
Round 2 Highlights
For those in love with the visual side of the game, Round 2 was full of impressive highlights.
Dufner's eagle on No. 2 was one such moment:
Looking back, the shot really set the day for the new record-holder at Oak Hill. Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good, but the way Dufner played on Friday, it's hard to say that he didn't put the ball on the green exactly where he wanted it.
Elsewhere, Adam Scott was making birdies left and right during the second round. Here's one of his strongest putts of the afternoon:
Speaking of Scott, a young fan almost got a souvenir tied to the Australian star during the round. When Scott hit a shot into the rough, a young fan was well on his way to pocketing the ball before quickly realizing the golfer might need it to finish the hole:
Flying under the radar for most of the round, Kuchar was on point. Here's a look at one of his five birdie putts from the second round:
It wouldn't be a highlight section without at least one mention of Woods. Just missing a birdie putt on No. 9, Tiger flirted with disaster when he casually went to tap in his par putt:
In a similar situation, Sergio Garcia got the benefit of a kind roll on the green. Putts that hang around the rim of the cup are always breathtaking to golf fans, so here's a look at a Garcia birdie that just found the bottom:
And finally, we'll take a look at young Kiradech Aphibarnrat. Hitting out of the sand, he found the bottom of the cup of No. 16 as part of his one-over finish on Friday.
It might not carry the tradition of the Masters, prestige of the U.S. Open or sheer majesty of the British Open, but the PGA Championship goes down as a major victory just like its three brethren.
Keeping that in mind and coupled with some of the highlights we saw on Friday, you won't want to miss the final two days of action at Oak Hill.
The Wanamaker Trophy is on the line.
*All GIFs courtesy Bleacher Report's PGA Championship Day 2 live stream.
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