PGA Championship 2018: Gary Woodland Leads After Play Suspended on Friday

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 10, 2018

ST LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 10:  Gary Woodland of the United States acknowledges the crowd after making a par on the ninth green during the second round of the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club on August 10, 2018 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
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First-round leader Gary Woodland fired a four-under 66 during the early wave of Round 2 to maintain his lead in the 2018 PGA Championship before rain led to a suspension of play Friday at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis.

Woodland stands at 10 under in the season's final major tournament. That gives him a one-shot lead over Kevin Kisner atop the leaderboard with the sizable portion of the second round set to get completed starting at 8 a.m. ET Saturday morning.

Brooks Koepka sits in third place at eight under, while Dustin Johnson, Charl Schwartzel and Thomas Pieters also finished their rounds and are tied for fourth at seven under. Rickie Fowler, who completed 10 holes before the rain, is the leader among golfers still on the course as part of that group at seven under.

The cancellation of play is a double whammy for players part of the afternoon wave.

Not only are they now forced to play extra golf Saturday—some competitors still have 14 holes left in the second round—but they missed out on the prime scoring conditions Friday morning that allowed several players to make a surge.

Koepka and Charl Schwartzel each carded a seven-under 63 to post the day's best score and match the tournament record for low score.

"I just was trying to make the thing and I really thought I made it," Koepka told reporters about his putt for a potential 62. "My caddie [Ricky Elliott] said something walking off on 18. I didn't even think of it. I've been so in the zone you don't know where you are or where you're at."

Meanwhile, it was another strong showing for Woodland, who tallied an eagle, four birdies and two bogeys in the second round. His iron play continued to drive the success as he hit 83.3 percent of the greens in regulation to give himself a bunch of birdie looks.

Tiger Woods was among the players still on the course who were making a move before the horn blew.

The 14-time major champion is three under through seven holes despite hitting just 33.3 percent of the early fairways. He'll need to hope his strong putting performance carries overnight in order to keep moving up the leaderboard.

Here's a look at some of the second round highlights from Friday:

The cut line currently sits at even par with 74 players above that mark. The top 70 and ties will advance to the final two rounds, so it's possible the cut line could move before the conclusion of the second round depending on the conditions Saturday morning.

In addition, the PGA Championship announced the third round will now be played in threesomes rather than the usual two-golfer pairs on the weekend in an effort to make up for lost time. It projects Round 3 tee times to kick off around 12:15 p.m. ET and continue through 2:15 p.m. ET.

That should leave enough time to complete both rounds Saturday to set up a normal Sunday barring any further weather delays in St. Louis.

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