Brooks Koepka three off midway lead and Rory McIlroy 5 strokes again; Jon Rahm on 4 over as Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas make the lower on the quantity; Watch the PGA Championship reside on Saturday from 2pm on Sky Sports activities Golf
By Ali Stafford at Oak Hill
Final Up to date: 20/05/23 1:09am
Scottie Scheffler, Viktor Hovland and Corey Conners maintain a share of the midway lead on the PGA Championship, with Bryson DeChambeau heading the chasing pack at Oak Hill.
Scheffler adopted a blemish-free 67 on Thursday with a two-under 68 in hotter and windier circumstances at Oak Hill, because the world No 2 blended 4 birdies with two bogeys to move into the weekend on 5 beneath.
Conners matched Scheffler’s complete and Hovland made it a three-way tie on the high when he closed a second-round 67 with a birdie, with in a single day chief DeChambeau two off the tempo alongside Justin Suh.
4-time main champion Brooks Koepka is inside three of the lead alongside England’s Callum Tarren, whereas Rory McIlroy is 5 again on level-par and world No 1 Jon Rahm is thru to the weekend due to a second-round 68.
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Not one of the morning wave have been capable of get inside three strokes of in a single day clubhouse chief DeChambeau, with Taylor Pendrith and Justin Rose sitting the preliminary goal at one beneath after rounds of 69 and 70.
Scheffler started his day one behind however made the dream begin by firing his strategy to tap-in vary on the first and holing in a 10-foot birdie on the subsequent, taking him to 5 beneath, just for Conners – starting on the again 9 – to select up pictures on the thirteenth and fifteenth to take a share of the lead.
Conners was handed the outright benefit when Scheffler carded his first bogey of the week on the seventh, having didn’t rise up and down from a greenside bunker, with the Canadian making clutch saves on the seventeenth and 18th to achieve the flip one forward.
Keegan Bradley made birdies on the second and fourth to affix Scheffler on 4 beneath, whereas DeChambeau slipped 4 behind after following a three-putt bogey on the third by requiring two makes an attempt to get out of a greenside bunker and double-bogeying the sixth.
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Conners responded to a missed eight-foot birdie probability on the first to empty a 20-footer on the subsequent to double his lead, whereas Hovland began his again 9 with a birdie to maneuver alongside Scheffler on 4 beneath.
Scheffler made a 10-foot birdie on the 14th and fired his tee shot on the subsequent to tap-in vary, which gave him the solo benefit when Conners bogeyed the seventh, just for him to bogey the final and slip again to 5 beneath.
DeChambeau moved inside one of many lead with three birdies in a four-hole stretch from the eleventh, whereas Hovland signed off an excellent second-round 67 and made it a three-way tie on the high with a closing birdie.
Who’s within the chasing pack?
A final-hole bogey dropped DeChambeau two again alongside Justin Suh, whereas Koepka birdied 4 of his final seven holes to shut a second-round 66, with Rose on one beneath and simply 9 gamers in pink figures heading into the weekend.
Shane Lowry charged into rivalry with six birdies in an eight-hole stretch however bogeyed two of his final three holes to slide again to degree par, whereas McIlroy can be 5 again after an excellent back-nine fightback.
McIlroy had been two over for his spherical till he nailed a 45-foot birdie on the par-four ninth, with the previous world No 1 then signing off a bogey-free again 9 by making a 15-footer and shutting a one-under 69.
Membership professional Michael Block is inside 5 of the lead with back-to-back 70s, with Dustin Johnson faltering to a four-over 74 to slide six off the tempo alongside the likes of Collin Morikawa and Patrick Cantlay.
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Rahm was exterior the lower mark with six holes to play however birdied his subsequent three, with the Spaniard recovering from bogeying the sixteenth to shut out a second-round 68 and head into the weekend on 4 over.
Defending champion Justin Thomas scrambled a final-hole bogey to make the lower on the quantity, whereas Jordan Spieth obtained up and down from the sand to avoid wasting par and keep on 5 over to maintain his exterior Grand Slam hopes alive.
Phil Mickelson secured his a centesimal lower made in a serious and can be 10 again due to a two-over 72, whereas US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick and final week’s AT&T Byron Nelson winner Jason Day each missed the lower.
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