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PGA Championship 2010 Live Blog: Round 2 Leaderboard, Results

Nathaniel UyFeatured ColumnistAugust 13, 2010

Greetings everyone!  Welcome to Day 2 of the 2010 PGA Championships at Whistling Straits!

The forecast for today is partly cloudy with the high expected to be at 88 degrees.

First let's recap what happened yesterday.  Fog delayed the start for over three hours and 78 players were still on the course when play was suspended because of darkness.

Leading the pack are lefty Bubba Watson from Florida and Italian Francesco Molinari with a -4, both completed their opening rounds. 

Also sharing the lead are Ernie Els and Matt Kuchar through 14 holes, as well as, Nick Watney through 11.

Tiger Woods finished the course one-under 72.  It was a reason to celebrate since Tiger finally broke a career-worst streak of seven straights starts without breaking par.

Other early favorites Phil Mickelson and youngster Rory McIlroy found themselves 1 under par when play was suspended for the day.   

Round 1 will resume at 5 a.m. PST, but blog coverage will begin at 6 a.m. PST when second round action begins.

Questions for Round 2:

Can Bubba or Franceso Molinari keep it up?

Bubba faltered after a strong start and ended the day 3-under and Molinari ended the day 4-under after only 5 holes.

Which Tiger Woods will show up?

Tiger showed his fighting spirit.  Only six holes of golf and Tiger was even par for the day.  Any other golfer no named Tiger Woods would be well over par.

While his long game failed him, it was his short game at its best.  He looked a lot better today than his horrific showing at Bridgestone.

How will Lefty deal with his injury?

He says he's alright.  Lefty shot 73 in the first round and came back with a 69 in the second round.

More importantly, is there going to be more fog?

Yes, play was delayed for 2 hours and 40 minutes.

5:45 PST:

Alright folks, I'm out.  Thanks for sticking it out!

Matt Kuchar is the leader at the end of the day (-8), Nick Watney (-7) at 2nd and a 7-way tie for 3rd place.  The group includes Rory McIlroy (-5) and Zach Johnson (-5).

5:42 PST:

Molinari started the day with bogey and ended it with a birdie.  Second round continues tomorrow.

5:36 PST:

It's wrapping up for the day.  Bubba Watson closes out the day with par on the 18th hole.

5:33 PST:

21-year-old Rickie Fowler started the second round even par.  Four birdies over 11 holes and he is back  in the competition with a 3-under.

Another par for Tiger on no. 6.

5:29 PST:

Bubba gets another bogey (his third) and is now +1 in the second round.  He has fallen to 3-under overall.

5:22 PST:

Tiger earns another tough par on no. 5.  He's working hard today.

5:10 PST:

Rain looks to be on its way.  Heavy rains are projected overnight.

5:07 PST:

Retief Goosen just chipped in a birdie while trying to get on the green.  Nice shot!  He's now 2-over, after two birdies in the first four holes.

5:04 PST:

Bubba gets his second bogey on no. 16 which cancels out his back-to-back birdies to star the second round.  He's back at 4-under.

4:56 PST:

Same story for Tiger on no. 4, four holes and four hard earned pars.  He remains at 1-under.

4:46 PST:

Overnight leader Francesco Molinari starts off the second round by immediately losing a stroke on no. 1 hole with a bogey.  He pars no. 2 and is 3-under.

4:36 PST:

Another bogey for Khan on the final hole.  What an unfortunate letdown on the last three holes with three bogeys.  He drops to 5-under.

4:32 PST:

Tiger tees off on no. 3 and once again cannot find the fairway.  He hits the ball into the grassy bunker area just left of the fairway. 

He is definitely in this competition but he's making it very, very challenging.

Tiger follows up his tee-off with a shot that gets on the green and he putts in for par.

4:24 PST:

Simon Khan had consecutive bogeys on the 16th and 17th holes, falling from his second place position to third.

At 6-under, with one hole left, Khan needs an eagle to tie Matt Kuchar or a birdie to tie Nick Watney.

4:18 PST:

On no. 2, Tiger finds himself with a shot 25 yards to the right of the fairway.  He asks spectators and photographers to move out of the way and he is able to land the ball about 25 yards to the side of the hole. 

On his next shot, Tiger nearly drops a birdie but settles for par.  He is still 1-under.

4:05 PST:

Phil's injury

Mickelson says he feels great and he showed today by coming back in the second round to end 2-under, after going 1-over in the opening round that that it hasn't bothered his game.  At least not today.

3:55 PST:

Nick Watney finishes one back behind the lead and ends the second day with a 68.

Bubba has a hard time dealing with the wind and goes from having a chance at a birdie to a bogey.  He falls back to 5-under.

3:41 PST:

Bubba Watson is rolling: back-to-back birdies in his first two holes.  He sits at 6-under.

3:37 PST:

Mickelson closes his second round with a par, and a score of 69.  He is 2-under and currently tied for
20th on the leaderboard with Erie Els and D.A. Points.

3:33 PST:

Simon Khan birdies no. 15 for a share of first-place.

3:20 PST:

Overnight leader, Bubba Watson, got off to a great start with a birdie on no. 10.  He is 5-under.

Phil Mickelson is battling back, now at 2-under with a birdie on no. 8.

3:18 PST:

Conditions are now extremely breezy at Whistling Straits.  It will be a battle for the second half of competitors with late tee times.

Back nine starters are hitting into the wind.

3:11 PST:

Steve Stricker ends his day at level par.

3:09 PST:

Nick Watney birdies no. 6 and fins himself tied with Simon Khan at 7-under.

Rory McIlroy gets a par on no. 18 and finishes the day at 5-under.

3:04 PST:

Tee time for Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and Y.E. Yang is 3:45 PST.

3:00 PST:

Simon Khan (-7) takes sole possession of 2nd place with a birdie on no. 13.

2:53 PST:

Rory McIlroy played no. 8 aggressively and takes back a stroke that he lost from the previous hole with a birdie.  With one more hole to go, the youngster is 5-under.

Nick Watney is 6-under with four holes left.

2:50 PST:

Dustin Johnson and Seung Yul Noh end their days at 5-under.

2:44 PST:

Chad Campbell finishes the day 4-under and 4 strokes behind the lead.

Ernie Els lost two strokes with a poor finish, getting a double bogey on no. 9.  He finished 2-under and 6 strokes behind Matt Kuchar.

2:34 PST:

A birdie for Phil at no. 5, he's one-under.  Rain and strong winds have taken over, which makes Whistling Straits an even tougher course.

2:27 PST:

Jason Dufner and Bryce Molder ended round 2 at 5-under, just three shots behind Kucher.  For the second round Dufner and Molder shot 66 and 67, respectively.

2:24 PST:

Rory McIlroy misses a chance for an eagle at no. 6 but makes his birdie putt, taking him to 5-under.

2:18 PST:

Matt Kuchar closed off his second round of golf with a 69.  His first round score of 67, which he completed this morning, is his best score in a major.

In his previous two PGA appearances, Kuchar did not make the cut.  His game was at its best today as he ended day 2 as the leader at 8-under.

2:12 PST:

Steve Stricker got back to level-par after a birdie on the no. 5.  While Phil Mickelson missed a par putt on no. 4 and is back to to even par.

2:00 PST:

The youngster from Korea continues to impress.  He just made a birdie on the 15th hole, which lifts him up to a three-way second-place tie with Bryce Molder and Dustin Johnson.

1:52 PST:

Phil just made another birdie on the third hole.  He's at 1-under and posturing for a dramatic finish to the second round of the tournament.

1:46 PST:

Mickelson gets a much needed birdie on the 2nd hole to bring him back to even par.  That's an important confidence boost.

1:33 PST:

Steve Stricker is 1-over thru 12 holes and trying to recover after a costly triple bogey on the 17th hole.

1:25 PST:

Ernie Els is 3-under.  With two birdies in his first four holes, Els started the second round well.  He now appears to have lost his momentum.  Els has one bogey and no birdies in his last nine holes.

1:14 PST:

Simon Khan (-6) just jumped to a second place tie with Molder after an incredible eagle on the 6th hole.

1:10 PST:

Bryce Molder takes sole possession of second place after a birdie on the 14th.  He is 6-under.

1:08 PST:

Kuchar continues to extend his lead, three straight birdies at the 11th, 12th and 13th holes put him 8-under.

1:05 PST:

Mickelson is having big trouble at the 18th hole, he ended with a double bogey, which drops him to 1-over par. 

1:01 PST:

D.A. Points and Jason Dufner switch places in the leaderboard.  Points is now tied for 2nd after gaining a stroke on a birdie at the 11th hole and Dufner is tied for 6th after falling behind by one stroke.

12:58 PST:

Rory McIlroy just nailed a long birdie putt on the first hole to take him 4-under and 3 behind Kuchar.

12:44 PST:

Kucher just nailed a birdie on the 12th, that's two in a row!  He extends his lead, 7-under.  Two strokes ahead of the rest.

12:42 PST:

So here's an update of the leaders:

Kuchar is at the top with 6-under. 

Bryce Molder, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson and Nick Watney tied for second at 5-under.

12:33 PST:

Kuchar just reclaimed the outright lead with a birdie on the 11th hole.  He's at 6-under.

12:25 PST:

Mickelson pars the 16th hole.  He remains 4 behind the lead at 1-under.

12:25 PST:

Good recovery for the kid, Noh.  He just gained a stroke after a birdie on the 9th, he's back to 4-under.

12:15 PST:

Noh is struggling after back-to-back bogeys on the 7th and 8th holes.  He is now 3-under.

12:10 PST:

Lefty nailed a spectator with his tee shot, then gave him a signed glove signed "Sorry!"  He battled back and finished the 15th with a par.

12:00 PST:

We've got Kuchar, Dustin Johnson and Bryce Molder all tied up at second with 5-under.  With Els and Noh falling one stroke behind at 4-under.

11:53 PST:

Kuchar closes the 9th with a par.  He finishes the front nine 5-under.

11:46 PST:

Here he comes.  Mickelson with his second straight birdie on the 14th hole,

11:40 PST:

Watney just broke the tie at the top with a birdie on the 13th hole, he is 6-under. 

While Watney takes sole position, Dustin Johnson makes his way into a second place tie with two straight birdies on the 15th and 16th holes.

11:35 PST: D.A. Points just joined the leaders in a crowded 5-way tie.  He birdied half of the first six holes.

11:32 PST: Mickelson just birdied the 13th hole and is back at level-parHe needs a few more birdies in the upcoming holes to find his way back.

11:27 PST: Early favorite Rory McIlroy is gaining momentum, he's now 3-under, after back-to-back birdies on the 13th and 14th holes.

11:22 PST: Four birdies after eight holes on the back nine for Jason Dufner.  He's moved up four strokes and only two behind the leaders.

11:19 PST: Make that four, Zach Johnson is also 5-under.

11:17 PST: Nick Watney, now has share of the lead, after back-to-back birdies on the 10th and 11th.  Teenager Seung Yul Noh is also a co-leader after a birdie on the 5th hole.

So we've got a three-way tie at the top: Watney, Noh and Kuchar.

11:12 PST: Leader Matt Kuchar just struggled with a bogey in the 6th hole and gave up a stroke (-5). 

11:10 PST: As of right now, we've got 8 different guys tied up for second place, including yesterday's leaders Bubba Watson and Francesco Molinari who will both tee-off in the afternoon.

11:00 PST: After 7 birdies, 19-year-old Seung Yul Noh, closed the first round with a 68.  He's parred the first four holes in the second round and to remain 4-under and two shots behind Kuchar.

10:56 PST: Chad Campbell is now 4-under and two strokes behind after back-to-back birdies in the 12th and 13th holes.

10:53 PST: Ernie Els bounces right back in the 13th with a birdie.  He's back to 5-under.

10:49 PST:

Mickelson, Oosthuizen and McDowell all par the hole.  Mickelson just misses a 12-foot birdie putt.

10:38 PST: Els with his first bogey of the tournament on the 12th, falls behind one stroke.  He's now 4-under.

10:30 PST: Mickelson tees off on the 10th hole after a quick turn around and hits the ball about 40 yards to the far right of the fairway.

10:20 PST: Ernie Els (-5) taps in a birdie at the par-5 11th hole.  He moves up one stroke and one shot behind Matt Kuchar.

10:16 PST: After the first five holes on the back nine Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano sits at 4-under.

10:05 PST: Leader Matt Kuchar continues to streak and picked up a birdie in the second hole.  He now has a two stroke lead on the rest of the pack 6-under.

10:00 PST:Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano started the second round on the back nine with two straight birdies in the 10th and 11th holes.  He is now at 4-under.

9:52 PST:

Mickelson gets a par and finishes the first round with a 73.  McDowell gets yet another bogey and ends up with a 76.  Oosthuizen's 71 is the best of the trio. 

Lefty is having a tough time in the opening round.  Back in 2004 at Whistling Straits, Mickelson started the first round with a 69.   

After a 30 minute break, second round action for the three will begin.  It's time for number 2 golfer in the world to step up.

9:40 PST:

Zach has a costly bogey in the 18th hole and closes the first round three under and two shots behind.

9:26 PST:

Watch out.  It's Zach Johnson again!  The 2007 Masters winner picks up a birdie on the 17th hole and is now just one shot behind the lead.

9:23 PST:

Oosthuizen and McDowell both par.  With McDowell lipping out a birdie putt, he's not having any luck.

9:20 PST:

Mickelson with a par on the 17th.  He just misses a near birdie with a shot on the right side of the green, he came within inches of the hole.

9:13 PST:

Ernie Els and Seung Yul Noh finish the first round just one shot behind leader Kuchar.

9:11 PST:

Mickelson (+1) bogeys the 16th hole, McDowell (+3) gets his second bogey of the day and Oosthuizen (-1) gets a birdie.

9:00 PST:

With birdies in the 5th, 6th and 8th holes.  South Korean Seung Yul Noh (-4) finds himself just one shot behind leader Matt Kuchar.

8:54 PST:

Matt Kuchar finishes the first round as the leader with a 67.

8:49 PST:

Zach Johnson is coming strong with a pair of birdies on the 13th and 15th holes.  He is now 3-under.

8:43 PST:

Mickelson and Oosthuizen miss their putts for a birdie and settle for par.  McDowell also saves par.

8:37 PST:

Nick Watney bogeys the 14th hole and falls to 3-under

8:31 PST:

Mickelson gets the longest drive (270 yards) on the 15th hole and hit the ball on the fairway.  McDowell is on the left side of the rough and Oosthuizen is on the right side of the fairway. 

Excellent approach shots from Mickelson and Oosthuizen, they'll have a chance for birdie.

8:25 PST:

Current leader Matt Kuchar (-5) is sitting pretty with only the 9th hole left. Behind him are Ernie Els (-4) with 2 holes to go and Nick Watney (-4) 5 holes to go.

8:22 PST:

After 14 holes, Oosthuizen (E) gets a par.  McDowell (+2) lips out a par-putt and ends with a bogey.  Lefty (E) also misses a putt and falls to even par.

8:18 PST:

Second round is set to begin at 9:10 PST.

8:05 PST:

Mickelson tees off on the 14th hole and misses the fairway left, could be trouble.

8:00 PST:

Graeme McDowell's sand wedge approach shot puts him within four feet of the hole and makes a putt for birdie.  Michelson and Oosthuizen finish the hole with par.

7:57 PST:

Matt Kuchar (-5) now takes over the top spot on the leaderboard after a birdie on the sixth hole.

7:53 PST:

Mickelson leads off the 402 yard 4-par 13th hole and hits his ball on the fairway.

7:49 PST:

Oosthuizen tees off third and just misses a bunker, then makes a putt for parMickelson and McDowell hit the green and both make two-putts for par to complete the 138 yard hole.

7:35 PST:

The marquee trio of Phil Mickelson (-1), Louis Oosthuizen (E)and Graeme McDowell (+2) are set to tee off on the par-3 12th hole.

7:20 PST:

Temperature is 75 degrees, humidity 91% and 6 mph winds are coming from the SERains are still in the forecast but might just carry over the northern part of Whistling Straits.

7:18 PST:

Just announced, the fog is gone and play will resume 7:40 PST.

7:15 PST:

Who is Francesco Molinari?

He's a 27-year-old from Italy and the younger brother of Edoardo Molinari, who finished the first round at 1-under par.

Francesco won the 2006 the Telecom Italia Open for his first and only win the European Tour.  He has also been a part of four Italian World Cup teams.

7:03 PST:

Who is Bubba Watson? 

He's a 31-year-old from the Florida panhandle who enjoys playing video games at night, after playing golf in the day.  Watson has seen a lot of personal hardships over the last year, with his father fighting cancer and his wife suffering from an enlarged pituitary gland, which they first thought was cancer.

His first PGA Tour win came on June 27, 2010 in the Travelers Championship.

He is also known for his long game.  Watson drove the ball yesterday an estimated 445 yards, which allowed him to birdie the 587-yard fifth hole.

6:50 PST:

Defending 2009 PGA champion Y.E. Yang finished the first round with a 72.

6:40 PST:

The last time the PGA Championships were at Whistling Straits in 2004 Vijay Singh, Justin Leonard and Chris DiMarco squared off in a three-way playoff, which Singh dominated. 

This time around DiMarco is not at the tournament and hasn't competed in a major tournament since the 2008 PGA.  While Singh and Leonard completed their opening round 1-over.

6:30 PST:

Here are some notable names that failed to impress in the first round yesterday: Sergio Garcia (+6), Stewart Cink (+5) and Retief Goosen (+4).

6:15 PST:

There's also appears to be a chance of rain with thunderstorms approaching the northeastern part of Whistling Straits.

6:12 PST:

Once this fog finally lifts, we're looking at a 30 minute warm up period and another 20 minutes of delay on top of it.  So that's there you have it, we'll be facing about a 50 minute wait the moment we know play will be resuming. 

5:45 PST:

So the answer to one of our first questions is — yes, there's more fog!  Round 1, which was supposed to resume at 5:00 PST has been indefinitely delayed due to the fog.  The way this is going, we might not be able to see the cut until Saturday.

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