Aussies top PGA Championship leader board thru 36 at Whistling Straits

PGA97thWeekend Preview – PGA of America – 97th PGA Championship – Whistling Straits – Kohler, Wisconsin –

The 97th PGA Championship – hosted at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin – reaches the weekend with Aussie Matt Jones and Jason Day in the final pairing.

The field finished up round two Saturday morning at Whistling Straits after a weather delay derailed the end of Friday’s competition. The cut-line came at 2-over par.

Jones shot 7-under-65 to reach 11-under overall and a two-shot cushion over Day through two rounds. Justin Rose, who was 2-over through four holes to start the tournament, rallied back Thursday and then posted 67 in round two. Rose is alone in third at 8-under and three behind the leader.

At 7-under and T-4 hovers David Lingmerth alongside Tony Finau and Ainbarn Lahiri, who a two-time winner this season on the European Tour.

Jordan Spieth rallied Friday, playing in the early wave, shooting 67 to climb the leader board. He is T-7 at 6-under overall heading into the weekend.

For the 35-year-old Jones, he is a one-time champion on the PGA Tour winning the Shell Houston Open in 2014. Ranked 72nd in the Official World Golf Ranking, Jones came into the week as a 200-to-1 long shot at to capture the season’s final major.

Finau (200-1) and Lahiri (250-1) were also super long selections. With 36 holes to play, look for several long-shot hopefuls to fade quickly on Saturday under the pressure of a major.

Dustin Johnson, the first-round leader after a 66, shot 73 in round two. He slipped outside the Top 10 but could still re-enter the picture with a low round on Moving Day at Whistling Straits.

Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson made the cut and are expected to make weekend moves up the leader board.

Other Golf news:

  • Notables to miss the cut included Tiger Woods (75-73), who failed to earn a weekend tee time at a major for the third straight time. Open champion Zach Johnson, Shane Lowry and Jimmy Walker also missed the cut.
  • Japan’s Hiroshi Iwata, ranked 102nd in the world, became just the 27th player to fire a 63 at a major championship. His back-nine 29 helped him recover from an opening-round 77. He jumped from a potential missed cut to T-15 through 36 holes.
  • George Coetzee and Henrik Stenson also moved up the leader board with low rounds. Coetzee shot 65 and Stenson posted 66 in round two.
  • Several high profile players expected to contend this week are 1-under through two rounds including Garcia, Louis Oosthuizen, Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk and Rickie Fowler.