At the start of the week, pundits branded the PGA Championship a major that anyone could win. Now, two rounds in, the same story applies.
Jimmy Walker is currently leading the charge on nine under par after he added a 66 to his opening-day 65 on Friday, while Robert Streb sits alongside his countryman thanks to an impressive seven-under-par 63 on Day 2.
But the American duo are in very good company at the top of the tree, as some of the world’s best players are looking to chase them down on Saturday and win the final major of the season.
Follow the leaderboard below for updates from Baltusrol Golf Club:
Although Walker and Streb lead the PGA Championship heading into Round 3, the big question on everyone’s lips is whether they can stay there.
Well, they certainly look capable of being at the business end of the proceedings come Sunday evening.
Walker has looked in imperious form since Day 1, playing some excellent golf tee to green and limiting his mistakes.
In fact, he’s had just two bogies all week and has scrambled brilliantly around the greens. Former PGA Tour caddy Michael Collins labelled the American "solid":
His putting hasn’t been bad, either. Walker holed some monster putts on his way to a four-under-par 66 on Friday, including a 35-foot effort on the 13th, as the European Tour’s video shows:
If the American continues to be lethal with the flat stick and accurate off the tee, then he’ll undoubtedly be in with a chance of lifting the Wanamaker Trophy.
Streb, meanwhile, shot an emphatic seven-under-par 63 on Friday to tie the major tournament record and surge to the top of the leaderboard.
Like Walker, Streb’s putter has been incredibly hot, and this effort on the ninth sums up how well he’s been performing on the greens, via PGA Championship:
Streb hasn’t been in fantastic form this season, but he’s proving he’s more than capable of producing the goods on the biggest stage of them all. You’d be brave to bet against him being there or thereabouts on Sunday evening.
However, it’s the pack chasing the two leaders that’ll get most of the attention on Saturday. The likes of Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Martin Kaymer and Rickie Fowler are all hoping to surge up the leaderboard on Day 3, and it’s safe to say they’re all good enough to do exactly that.
Day, in particular, heads into the weekend with high hopes after he put together as astonishing run of birdies in the middle of Round 2 to boost his chances of defending his PGA Championship crown.
The Aussie was sitting on one over par for the tournament on the eighth tee, but seven birdies in his next eight holes took him right in contention for glory. His final birdie of the streak, on the 14th, was the pick of the bunch, via Sky Sports Golf:
When Day gets going, nothing can stop him, and if he picks up from where he left off on Saturday, Walker and Streb will be quaking in their boots.
Birdies are certainly out there at Baltusrol, which means we could well see someone emerge from the shadows and make a charge for the Wanamaker Trophy.
Walker and Streb currently hold all the cards, but they need to keep up their astonishing form if they’re to shake off the hugely talented chasing pack, which is easier said than done.