PGA Championship 2013: Day 2 Leaderboard Analysis, Highlights and More

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 9, 2013

Day 2 of the 2013 PGA Championship has come and gone, and it fully belonged to Jason Dufner.

The 36-year-old was one putt away from being the first ever golfer to shoot a 62 at a major championship. His birdie putt on the 18th hole was just short, meaning Dufner would have to be content with a seven-under 63—only the 26th time anybody has shot a 63 at a major.

There's a good chance Dufner was pretty happy about it, despite missing that putt.

The PGA's Twitter account just about summed up what everybody was thinking:

Give Webb Simpson a lot of credit, too, as his six-under 64 was overshadowed by Dufner. Simpson had a piece of the course record for a few hours, before Dufner had to go and ruin it.

The soggy greens and fairways were only a boost for the golfers. The ball wasn't quite bouncing around as much, which will have been a great change of pace from the last major tournament at Muirfield for the 2013 Open Championship. You almost could have used the putter on par fours and just bounced the ball onto the green.

It was an enjoyable Day 2, and if the weekend can keep pace, this will be a fantastic PGA Championship. Here's a quick review of how Round 2 went down.

Round 2 Leaderboard

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1Jason Dufner-9
T2Matt Kuchar-7
T2Adam Scott-7
T2Jim Furyk-7
T5Justin Rose-6
T5Henrik Stenson-6
T7Robert Garrigus-5
T7Steve Stricker-5
T9Marcus Fraser-4
T9Martin Kaymer-4
T9Charley Hoffman-4
T9Roberto Castro-4
T9Webb Simpson-4

Notable Golfers Who Missed the Cut

T76Bubba Watson+4
T76Charl Schwartzel+4
T76Davis Love III+4
T87Luke Donald+5
T96Ernie Els+6
T96Stewart Cink+6
T127Tom Watson+10

Full leaderboard below.

Round 2 Storylines

Jason Dufner Almost Makes History

On one hand, it does have to be a bit frustrating to be that close to history and ending up just short. According to the TNT broadcast, Dufner has shot 63 five times in his career, so he's a bit familiar with putting it all together for 18 holes and having an unforgettable round.

Granted, shooting a 63 at a major is a totally different beast, and a fantastic achievement.

Dufner started the round with a huge eagle on the second hole. After that, he continued to be flawless, picking up five birdies and playing a bogey-free round.

GolfChannel.com's Jason Sobel wanted to dismiss any criticism that he overly benefited from the course conditions, leading to his great round.

Now the question is whether Dufner can keep it together over the final two rounds. It's one thing to have a great round, but it won't mean anywhere near as much if Dufner drops down the leaderboard over the weekend.

Tiger Watch

For Tiger Woods, a lot hinged on this second round. According to ESPN Stats & Info, he has yet to win a major when he doesn't break par on Day 2.

With so much on the line, Woods had a solid, yet unspectacular day, finishing with an even-par 70 to put him at one-over for the tournament.

Tiger bogeyed the second hole and it was pretty much downhill from that point on. He birdied Nos. 5 and 6 but got another bogey on No. 11. Every time he started to get some positive momentum, he took a step back.

Woods looked like he might have a nice push late in the round after he drove the green on No. 14. Instead, he ended up with a par, and Sobel points out it could very well be representative of Woods' tournament as a whole.

Given how far back he is from the leader, there's no way Woods will get any closer to Jack Nicklaus this weekend. Just getting a respectable showing should be the goal from here on out.

Who's Going on to Make a Push?

Thirteen golfers are within five strokes of Dufner. It's fair to say that Dufner won't be able to have a day like he did in the second round. So many tournaments devolve into which golfer(s) will collapse over the weekend. Majors turn into wars of attrition, with the leaders falling back and a group of guys surging forward.

Of course, there's every chance that Dufner will be able to hold onto his lead and win his first major tournament.

However, should he sputter a bit, you've got Adam Scott, Jim Furyk and Matt Kuchar, who are all at seven-under. Then you have Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson sitting at six-under. Maybe Webb Simpson can make a run after his six-under 64 in the second round.

There's plenty of opportunity for those golfers who are three or four strokes back to make a push as the course gets harder over the weekend. The question is, who's going to step up?

Round 2 Highlights

When Jason Dufner had this eagle on the No. 2, you got the feeling you were about to watch something special.

It must feel good knowing that you can drive the green on a par four. That's exactly what Tiger Woods did on the 14th hole.

K.J. Choi had a huge day, shooting a five-under 65. This great shot from the bunker gave Choi his third birdie on the front nine.

Sergio Garcia nearly felt heartbreak with this birdie putt on the eighth hole. The ball looked like it might just stay on the lip before eventually falling in.

You can catch the beginning of Round 3 action on TNT at 11 a.m ET Saturday.


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