Is it possible for Rory McIlroy to make a move Saturday?
It’s moving day at the PGA Championship as the survivors of the cut do whatever they can to get into position to win a major title late Sunday afternoon.
But Saturday is also the day when the heat really gets turned up on the players.
They know there are only 36 holes left, and they have to start making things happen in a very stressful environment.
Mistakes are made, as are great shots as players move up and down the leaderboard.
Sunday is always the day that features high drama, but for great theatre, nothing beats Saturday afternoon at a major.
Here are six questions to ponder going into moving day.
Oak Hill Country Club will be a tougher test tomorrow.
The morning wave in Friday’s round of the PGA Championship played in occasionally heavy rain.
The afternoon group actually saw the sun with relatively little wind.
It will be a different course when the players start their third rounds. The forecast for the weekend is almost perfect.
It won’t be firm and fast, but it won’t be like it’s been the first two days.
Who will make the correct adjustments?
It wasn't all sunshine and rainbows, but Adam Scott played well Friday.
The current Masters champion has played great golf over the first 36 holes, shooting rounds of 65 and 68.
Not that Adam Scott needs to validate that green jacket that hangs in his closet, but two majors on your resume somehow looks so much more impressive than one.
He seems to be swinging the club as well as he did in Augusta in April, and if he can coax a few more birdies out of that long putter, he could be tough to handle over the next two days.
Jason Dufner was spectacular in shooting 63 on Friday.
After a breakout season in 2012 in which he won twice and won $4.8 million, much was expected of Jason Dufner this year.
And to this point, he’s delivered very little.
His never-changing demeanor makes it hard to tell how things are going on the golf course, but his statistics show he’s had a ho-hum season that falls short of those expectations.
He’s put himself in a great position to turn that around this weekend with two really good rounds Thursday and Friday.
Tiger Woods just didn't make enough putts on Friday.
Once again the difference between Tiger Woods playing in a major and Tiger Woods playing at one of his “home courses” was brought into clear focus in the first two rounds of the PGA Championship.
Woods once again tore up Firestone Country Club last weekend in the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
Thursday and Friday, the best he could do was rounds of 71 and 70 as he hovered around even par.
The bad news for him is that in his five years of major championship frustration, Woods has struggled on the weekend.
He'll need to be very good Saturday and get close to the leaders, because he's never won a major coming from behind.
Matt Kuchar is always smiling, even more when he's playing well.
He’s had a great year by all accounts, winning twice, finishing second twice and winning just short of $5 million.
But he’s still looking for that first major, and he’s obviously playing well, going 67 and 66 in the first two rounds.
He’s obviously putting well, and his game is tailor-made for the long, soft fairways and dartboard-like greens.
His flat swing has shown signs of nervousness in the past when the heat is turned up, but obviously winning a WGC event (match play) and the Memorial Tournament put those concerns to rest.
Can he cast out the demons and play well on the weekend?
Rory McIlroy played well enough on Friday for a few fist pumps.
The former No. 1 player in the world shot 69 and 71 in the first two rounds, playing similarly to the Rory McIlroy who won last year’s PGA Championship at Kiawah Island by eight shots.
At even par, McIlroy is a long way from the top of the leaderboard, but the last major of the year might be more about momentum for 2014 and beyond for him.
A good round Saturday could move him up into the land of contenders, but the psyche of the Northern Irishman might be the biggest beneficiary.