PGA Championship 2011: Dissecting the Day 2 Leaderboard

Carlos TorresContributor IAugust 12, 2011

JOHNS CREEK, GA - AUGUST 12:  Volunteers watch play on the 18th hole in front of the leader board during the second round of the 93rd PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club on August 12, 2011 in Johns Creek, Georgia.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
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If you knew that after two rounds Jason Dufner and Keegan Bradley would be leading the 2011 PGA Championship, go out and play the lotto. You'd be an instant millionaire.

Dufner and Bradley lead the American contingent atop the leaderboard that features eight Americans in the top 10 positions. Australian John Senden, who is tied for third, and Denmark’s Anders Hansen, tied for seventh, are the only non-American players in that list.

Senden moved up two spots and shot two-under on Friday, while Hansen moved down two spots after shooting one-under.

Tied for third at four-under, along with Sender, are Americans D.A Points, Jim Furyk and Scott Verplank. Points moved up 10 slots today with his three-under, while Furyk moved up 33 spots with a five-under.

Then, tied for seventh with Hansen were Thursday's first-round leader Steve Stricker, Brendan Steele and Brandt Jobe. Stricker shot four-over, while falling six spots. Steele shot two-under, and moved up six spots, while Jobe shot one-under and slid down two spots.

There were also surprises below the four-over cut line. Tiger Woods headlines the list of big names who are heading home from Atlanta Athletic Club after finishing at 10-over.

Also on the list was recently crowned Open champion Darren Clarke. So are defending PGA champion Martin Kaymer and Dustin Johnson, who was the unfortunate loser at Whistling Straits last year and was runner-up to Clarke at Royal St. George's last month.

Former Major champions Stewart Cink and Ernie Els missed their third cut in a Major this season. Up-and-coming Australian star Jason Day, second at the Masters and U.S. Open, also missed the cut.

Among the other notables to miss the cut were two young promising stars. Anthony Kim missed it barely at five-over and Ryo Ishikawa, who rebounded from his horrible 15-over yesterday with a much better two-over today.

The best round of the day belonged to Bradley with a six-under. He started on the back nine Friday and had a remarkable bogey-free round with six birdies, three of which came on the back nine and three on the front. He was even on Thursday.

Dufner, along with Furyk, had the second-best round of the day at five-under, and it helped him jump 22 positions. The highlight of his round came with an eagle at the par-5 fifth. He also made five birdies and two bogeys.

Furyk also had a bogey-free round. He started on the front nine and birdied four holes there. He didn’t have another birdie until the long, par-3 17th to finish at five-under.

Adam Scott, who is tied for 11th place, was lurking atop the leaderboard earlier today. He had a four-under after a birdie at the 12th, but then he had a bogey at the 14th and a double-bogey at the monstrous 18th. He stands at two-under.

Lee Westwood, ranked second in the world, made a stealth move up the leaderboard. He moved up 22 spots thanks to a two-under round. After a bogey at 11th, he then birdied the next two holes to get to two-under for the day. Could this be the first Major for Lee?

Another player who shot two-under today and also moved up 22 spots was American Scott Piercy. He started in the front nine and was at three-under for the day after consecutive birdies on 12th and 13th. He then bogeyed 14 and went even the rest of the way.

Westwood and Piercy are tied for 14th.

Also tied for 14th is Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III. He is still in the red, even after a one-over par today. He went as low as four-under after seven holes, but played three-over the rest of the way.

Farther below, tied for 26th at one-over, is the world’s top player Luke Donald, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia and Nick Watney.

At two-over and tied for 39th place are Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, American Matt Kuchar and Italian's young, rising star Matteo Manassero.

Also tied for 39th place are Ian Poulter and Bubba Watson—both shot two-under today—and Padraig Harrington who shot one-under.

Finally, tied for 53rd place, are two very good friends and young rising stars, a U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler.

- Carlos Torres