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Right, I'm going to call it a night. Another intriguing day, I just wish this ruddy fog would go away, we're just not getting any 'closure' at the end of each day. So, Matt Kuchar leads, and the willowy American with the small man's swing is looking pretty solid. Euro-wise, young McIlroy's looking pretty handy, too, and guess what? I've backed both of them. Night! -8 Kuchar -7 Watney -5 Dufner, Molder, D Johnson, Noh, McIlroy, Z Johnson, Khan
Harrington's carded four birdies in six holes and is three under for his round and back to level overall. Woods with a rotten-looking shot at seven but he's gouged that out to within a few feet. The Molinaris have had a falling out and gone their separate ways - Francesco with birdie at five to move to four under, Edoardo with bogey at 15 to fall to two under. Monster eagle for Vijay at six - he moves to three under for his round and two under overall. Defending champion Yang is in for birdie to move to one under overall but it's no dice for Tiger - bit greedy from four feet and his ball horseshoes out. And that's that for the day - looks like they'll let them finish their holes, but after that we'll have no more play. -8 Kuchar -7 Watney -5 Dufner, Molder, D Johnson, Noh, McIlroy, Z Johnson, Khan
Woods cosies his birdie effort up to the hole at five and taps in for par. Casey with a four-footer for par at seven and that hasn't even touched the hole and raced four feet by. Tiger with a choppy looking swing at six, he's struggling to hold things together here... -8 Kuchar -7 Watney -5 Dufner, Molder, D Johnson, Noh, McIlroy, Z Johnson, Khan
The Trials and Tribulations of Tiger Woods - don't think he took a drop but he's shanked his second, straight into some more cabbage a few yards ahead. He's now got a brute of a shot out of ankle-deep rough, over a collar of water, and onto the green... misses just right, but that's pretty good from there. Molinari and Molinari both at three under - Edoardo with birdies at 12 and 13, Francesco with bogey at one followed by three straight pars. -8 Kuchar -7 Watney -5 Dufner, Molder, D Johnson, Noh, McIlroy, Z Johnson, Khan
While Tiger decides what to do next on the fifth - another wild tee shot, tryign to cut off the corner, and he's taking a drop - I'll give you some of Justin Leonard's tips. Best way to look like a Texan: Old jeans, old boots, old white button-down shirt. Biggest giveaway you're a tourist: New cowboy hat, new boots, new jeans. -8 Kuchar -7 Watney -5 Dufner, Molder, D Johnson, Noh, McIlroy, Z Johnson, Khan
Justin Leonard, Open champion in 1997 and edged out of the USPGA title in a three-way play-off at Whistling Straits in 2004, is three under through nine today and two under overall. That boy can putt, meaning he could be hanging around the top of the leaderboard at the weekend. Goosen's chipped in for the third time this week! His long game's been pretty rancid, but that birdie at four takes him two over and just outside the projected cut.-8 Kuchar -7 Watney -5 Dufner, Molder, D Johnson, Noh, McIlroy, Z Johnson, Khan
Here's Bubba's fourth at the par-five 16th and it's pretty ordinary. Poulter doesn't hit his birdie putt at two, and you want to make sure you're nailing everything when you're daring to wear strides like that. Shot gone for Bubba, he tumbles back to -4. Villegas punished for that poor tee shot at three, he's back to two under. -8 Kuchar -7 Watney -5 Dufner, Molder, D Johnson, Noh, McIlroy, Z Johnson, Khan
Woods with a storming up-and-down at four and he's safely in for par. Looks like he's got that short game back, love to know where it's been. Anyone out there? Hello? Steve? I forgive you! Martin Laird races his birdie putt by at 16, he's got a tester coming back for par. He writes a blog for us, and
it's a smashing read
. -8 Kuchar -7 Watney -5 Dufner, Molder, D Johnson, Noh, McIlroy, Z Johnson, Khan, Watson
Villegas at the par-three third and he's shoved that right, onto the bank. Poulter's stiffed his tee shot to eight feet. Shaun Micheel, the 2003 champion, went three under for his second round and is two under, but Bubba's not finding things so simple - wild off the tee and his second out of the sand has hit the lip and dribbled forward all of 10 feet. Birdie two for Furyk at seven, he's three under. -8 Kuchar -7 Watney -5 Dufner, Molder, D Johnson, Noh, McIlroy, Z Johnson, Khan, Watson
Ryan Palmer of the United States moves to three under with birdies at 11 and 13 as Woods clatters his tee shot down the middle at four. Furyk's nicked a shot back at the par-four sixth and he's given himself another birdie chance with a wonderful tee shot at seven. -8 Kuchar -7 Watney -5 Dufner, Molder, D Johnson, Noh, McIlroy, Z Johnson, Khan, Watson
Colombia's Camilo Villegas sinks another biggun at the second and is now three under. Woods with an eight-footer for par... that's vintage Tiger, straight down the middle. Edoardo Molinari edges closer to his younger brother with a birdie at the short 12th - he's two under. Ian Poulter of England sets off with two pars, he's level. -8 Kuchar -7 Watney -5 Dufner, Molder, D Johnson, Noh, McIlroy, Z Johnson, Khan, Watson
Here's what it says about Rickie Fowler on Rickie Fowler's website: "Edgy, non-traditional, yet completely low-key and approachable, Rickie is already well on his way in the world of professional golf. With his larger than life performances - and belt-buckles - Rickie Fowler is definitely someone to catch
if you can." Gem of a recovery from Woods at three and here's Simon Khan of Chingford from range for par - misses right, he's in with three straight bogeys, a round of 70 and five under overall. -8 Kuchar -7 Watney -5 Dufner, Molder, D Johnson, Noh, McIlroy, Z Johnson, Khan, Watson
Rickie Fowler moves to two under with birdie at seven, he's three under for the day. Khan's tugged his approach at the 18th, Bubba's wild off the tee at 15. He actually made par at 14, which suggests it wasn't a double-hit at all. Casey for par at the fourth, but his 15-footer stays low. Horrendous tee shot from Tiger at three, dunno about a wedge club, he may need a scythe from there... -8 Kuchar -7 Watney -6 Khan -5 Dufner, Molder, D Johnson, Noh, McIlroy, Z Johnson, Watson
We believe Bubba's just called a double-hit on himself - putting from the fringe at 14, it looked like it bobbled up and back into his blade. Sorry, I've made a bit of a mess at the last few mini leaderboards - Khan is six under, all those other chaps are five under. Francesco Molinari did drop a shot on the first, the Italian's back to three under. -8 Kuchar -7 Watney -6 Khan -5 Dufner, Molder, D Johnson, Noh, McIlroy, Z Johnson, Watson
Simon Dyson pars the last for a round of 71 and two under for the week. Vijay's got a shot back at the second, his ball wriggling and writhing before agreeing to drop. Yang follows him in for par, as does Woods. Here's Padraig for birdie at the third, from fully 20 feet, and it's straight down the pipe to get back to +1. -8 Kuchar -7 Watney -6 Khan -5 Dufner, Molder, D Johnson, Noh, McIlroy, Z Johnson, Watson
What's the pub fact everyone should know about Lake Michigan? It's the only Great Lake exclusively within the United States. Furyk's bogeyed four to drop back to -1. Woods with some deft touch around the green at two, he should save par. Villegas now at the first and he squeezes in a 15-footer to move to two under par. -8 Kuchar -7 Watney -6 Khan -5 Dufner, Molder, D Johnson, Noh, McIlroy, Z Johnson, Watson
Francesco Molinari in trouble at the first - pulled approach but he manages to dig it out of the bunker. Woods with three wood at two, and he's requesting the gallery up on the hill kneel down - playing off the path, this looks very dangerous... what a shot, he's come up just short and right and could make five. Simon Khan off a hillock at 17 and he's duffed it well short. The par putt is all of 25 feet and comes up short, another shot gone... -8 Kuchar -7 Watney -6 Khan -5 Dufner, Molder, D Johnson, Noh, McIlroy, Z Johnson, Watson
Woods awry off the tee at two and he's shoved his bunker escape well right. Here's Casey with a beautifully-judged long-range putt at three, he should pop that in for par. Martin Kaymer of Germany carded a first-round 72 and he's still level after two straight pars. -8 Kuchar -7 Watney, Khan -5 Dufner, Molder, D Johnson, Noh, McIlroy, Z Johnson, Watson
Jim Furyk always has his backers and he's out of the traps this afternoon with three straight pars to remain two under. The projected cut is two over at the moment, but that could drop to three over if the wind continues to gust. Ross McGowan, once of Basildon, now of Cheam, has put a pretty solid second round together - level par for one over overall. His fellow Cheamite Ross Fisher won't be around this weekend - second-round 74 to add to a first-round 78 for +8 overall. -8 Kuchar -7 Watney, Khan -5 Dufner, Molder, D Johnson, Noh, McIlroy, Z Johnson, Watson
Woods drains that settler at the first to stay in the red and Yang follows him in to stay level. Here's Harrington from 15 feet at the second and he's made it disappear, back up to +2 he goes. -8 Kuchar -7 Watney, Khan -5 Dufner, Molder, D Johnson, Noh, McIlroy, Z Johnson, Watson
Paul Casey is on course and he's kicked off with birdie-bogey to stay two under. Woods comes up short with his birdie attempt at one and will have a testy four-footer for par. Harrington needs a score today and that's a pearler into the second. Defending champion Yang also comes up shy with his birdie attempt at the first. Scotland's Martin Laird adds birdie at 13 to birdie at 10 and he's now four under. -8 Kuchar -7 Watney, Khan -5 Dufner, Molder, D Johnson, Noh, McIlroy, Z Johnson, Watson
Tiger trying to bring his second in on the wind at the first but that's 40 feet short. Bubba with another birdie chance at 12 but the wind's got hold of that and chucked it six feet past. Missed it coming back, he's back to five under... shot gone for Khan at 16, he's back to seven under alongside Watney. I spent most of my break trying to work out which one of my ex-girlfriend from university's mates would be seeing a man who reads blow-by-blow golf on a Friday night. They never struck me as that sort of a crowd... -8 Kuchar -7 Watney, Khan -5 Dufner, Molder, D Johnson, Noh, McIlroy, Z Johnson, Watson
YE Yang drills his tee shot down the first and is followed down by Vijay Singh. Four-time PGA champion Tiger Woods is the third member of this group and he opts for three wood... twirl of the club, straight down the middle... Garcia stands over his birdie putt at the first - not the seventh, no idea what I was thinking - for an age but drains it, he's back to +5. -8 Kuchar, Khan -7 Watney -6 Watson -5 Dufner, Molder, D Johnson, Noh, McIlroy, Z Johnson
Thanks for that Ash - how about Simon Khan? Didn't think it would be him keeping the English end up. Simon Dyson's not doing bad either and here he is with his tee shot at seven - decent effort, he's two under through 15. And what a shot that is from Sergio at the first, that'll put a smile on his face. Bubba's off to a flyer - birdies at 10 and 11 and he's six under through two.
Anon, via text:
"Re 2306, surely you mean McIlroy was near horizontal, vertical and he would be standing upright?"Fair enquiry but as it reads, it's the bank that's almost vertical. You getting me? Nice to see you're paying attention though. I've already been pulled up for a mis-type for my earlier description of the lake as the sea.
Simon Khan plays a corker out of the semi-rough to within four feet of the pin on the lengthy par four 15th. Brilliant. Just looking at a birds-eye view of the course - anybody know how many bunkers there are? It looks like a massive beach with the odd bit of grass thrown in. Zack Johnson finishes up with a 70 to add to his 69 and he's tied for sixth at the mo on five under. -8 Kuchar -7 Watney, Khan -5 Dufner, Molder, D Johnson, Noh, Z Johnson, McIlroy
Big bad beautiful Bubba starts with a cracking sink on the 10th. Mickelson puts down a bloomin' monster to get to two under after 17 holes. Big shrieks from the galleries. Rory McIlroy steps up to the mic: "I finished with two really good putts. I felt those putts gave me a very good chance going into the weekend."
Flying the English flag for a quick second, Simon Khan bangs in his second birdie in three with a three on the 13th. That gets him to seven under and just one from Kuchar. Tiger Woods is 25 minutes from kicking off his second round. And the mighty Bubba Watson is out.
Sticking with McIlroy, he sinks a beauty to par and end with a splendid 68. He's on five under and just three off the pace. Cracking effort. Five birdies, one bogey. Not a bad day at the office.
McIlroy pulls a cracker out of his locker. He's stuck on a bank that is a few inches away from being vertical (I kid you not) - watch your ankles Rory - no bother, he wraps his arms round that one and pitches a sweet one within 10 feet of the ninth hole - his final one of the day.
2302: Tiger alert2258:
. Just to let you know, the man is prowling the opening tee. More on him in a sec. Plenty of 'white horses' in the sea, as my old man used to call them. It's blowy out there basically and the wet stuff is coming down.
Evening. A handful of hours after watching Andy Murray brush Nalbandian aside, it's time to put the tennis racquet down and pick up some golf clubs. The tissues are also ready for Ben's crying outbreak but I've given him some tough love and he'll be back a much stronger and better man in a small while. I'll keep you posted. Back to the soggy fairways.
Good comeback from McIlroy, bending in a left-to-righter at eight to rejoin the boys on five under... here's Mark Ashenden for a while, just while I go for a cry... -8 Kuchar -6 Watney, Khan -5 Dufner, Molder, D Johnson, Noh, Z Johnson, McIlroy
Watney has three-putted from the edge of the green at the par-five fifth and stays six under - big chance gone. Noh is in with a 71 - put that with his first-round 68 and that makes five under overall. That's right Anon
(see below), set me up with the hook before delivering the knockout blow. Reveal yourself, Anon, reveal yourself! That's the problem with relationship history, it's largely written by ex-girlfriend's mates... -8 Kuchar -6 Watney, Khan -5 Dufner, Molder, D Johnson, Noh, Z Johnson
Anon via text:
"Always thought Ben Dirs was a pseudonym until the girlfriend looked over my shoulder and said: 'Ben Dirs? He wasn't very nice to Sian at Exeter'"
Dustin Johnson's birdie putt at 18 looks in all the way but has second thoughts and passes by. Zach Johnson tugs his birdie attempt from 10 feet left to stay five under, and meanwhile Els has made a right nause-up of the 18th, carding a double-bogey six to finish with a pretty disappointing 74 for two under. -8 Kuchar -6 Watney, Khan -5 Dufner, Molder, D Johnson, Noh, Z Johnson
England's Simon Khan showing some sizable jaffers out there, ramming home a lengthy birdie putt at 11 to join Nick Watney in a tie for second. Noh lets a shot go at 17 to drop back into the group on five under, and McIlroy's stay among that exalted company was brief, he's missed a short one at seven after a cheeky little recovery. -8 Kuchar -6 Watney, Khan -5 Dufner, Molder, D Johnson, Noh, Z Johnson
McIlroy is five under par as he tees off at seven, and he tugs his tee shot left. Dustin J for birdie at eight after nothing more than a drive and a wedge - misses right, he stays five under. Els also misses, he's one shot back in a four-way tie for 10th. Here's Oosthuizen with shoes off, strides rolled up and going for a paddle - he flips it on but that's probably another shot gone at the fifth. He very nearly nails his par putt coming back, but he's now +4, I think, and in grave danger of missing the cut... -8 Kuchar -6 Noh, Watney -5 Dufner, Molder, D Johnson, Z Johnson, Khan
Much as I like Shane Lowry, any chance of anyone sending in a text about someone or something else? Anything really, just to keep the loneliness at bay. Zach Johnson's back in the gaggle at five over with a birdie at five. Mickelson fizzes his second across the water at five, having dropped a shot at four... McIlroy made the dancefloor with his drive at six - eagle putt comes up short, he should pop in for birdie to get to five under. -8 Kuchar -6 Noh, Watney -5 Dufner, Molder, D Johnson, Z Johnson, Khan
Dustin Johnson lets a shot go at seven, his par putt horseshoeing out. Kuchar's long-range birdie effort at 18 runs out of puff but that's a majestic round of 69 - he's in the clubhouse on eight under, and for the late boys it's gonna be wet and wild. Dufner's in with a six-under 66, the lowest round of the week so far, and he's five under overall. -8 Kuchar -6 Noh -5 Dufner, Molder, D Johnson, Watney, Khan
News of Robert Karlsson of Sweden - he was one under for his first round, with one bogey, and is one under through 11 today, with no bogeys. Flinty. Darren Clarke showing tremendous 'dog' after that early wobble - he dropped five shots in the final five holes of his first round but is three under for his second for -1 overall. Molder managed to get up and down and is in with a 67 and the clubhouse lead on five under. -8 Kuchar -6 Noh, D Johnson -5 Molder, Dufner, Watney, Khan
McIlroy was actually on a slither of beach in front of the bank and was able to flip it onto the green. However, he's got a lengthy one for par and he misses it to drop back to three under and five off the lead. Dustin escaped with a par at six before he and Els both find the green at the par-three seventh. Molder making a right dog's dinner of the 18th - he scuffs his sand escape onto some fluffy stuff before flopping on. Shot gone, maybe two... -8 Kuchar -6 Molder, Noh, D Johnson -5 Dufner, Watney, Khan
McIlroy at five and he's come up short - coming across water, that might be in. 'Kuchar for birdie', it should be on his grave - this time he's got a long one across the 17th but it comes up a couple of feet short. Els pushes his birdie putt right at six, he stays -4. Rory's been lucky I think, he's got a wedge out which suggests he's stuck on the bank... -8 Kuchar -6 Molder, Noh, D Johnson -5 Dufner, Watney, Khan
Good par for Khan at nine and he's out in 34. Ten and 11 are good birdie chances, the Englishman will have chances to challenge the lead. Pretty average second from Els at six, he's left himself a longun for birdie. White horses galloping across the lakes inland from Michigan, Michigan itself has herds of them racing across it. Noh to six under! The young Korean rattles on in from 20 feet at 15. -8 Kuchar -6 Molder, Noh, D Johnson -5 Dufner, Watney, Khan
Rory McIlroy from range at four and he taps in for par to stay four off the lead. Els has a rummage about in his top drawer and in among the old batteries and phone chargers he finds an absolute plum of a pitch across the fifth green and pops in for birdie. Eagle for Dustin J at five, he's back to six under. Touch of a blacksmith at six, he's just flown the green - 355 yards. I'm fast falling out with this bloke... Lefty stiffs one to a couple of feet at two and taps in for birdie - he's back in the red. -8 Kuchar -6 Molder, D Johnson -5 Dufner, Noh, Watney, Khan
Lots of pundits picking Steve Stricker this week but it's been a bit of an ordinary day for the local hero, he made triple at the par-three 17th and is +1. In case you're wondering, the second half of the field aren't due out until 2225 BST because the whole course is currently covered. Simon Khan lets a shot leak at eight, that putt was from no more than three feet. Dustin Johnson let a shot go at four but has absolutely marmalised his drive down the 598-yard fifth, leaving himself a wedge. Sickening, it really is... -8 Kuchar -6 Molder -5 Dufner, Noh, Watney, Khan
McIlroy's 15-foot birdie attempt at three hasn't got the legs but he makes a safe par. Watney taking the road less travelled at the first but he gets back on course with a super second. Kuchar for birdie at 15... shaves the hole left, but he's giving himself chances at every hole. Some long game he's got. Here's Bristol's Chris Wood chipping across the fifth... bump and run and it disappears - eagle-three, he's back to +3. -8 Kuchar -6 Molder, Khan -5 Dufner, D Johnson, Noh, Points, Watney
Simon Khan very nearly gets to seven under at seven but the Chingford man's effort skips across the cellophane bridge. Kuchar is glowing hot - his second into the 518-yard 15th is bang on the money. You guessed it, another birdie chance... -8 Kuchar -6 Molder, Khan -5 Dufner, D Johnson, Noh, Points, Watney
Jason Dufner is putting some round together, the man from Cleveland, Ohio, playing in only his second USPGA, has made six birdies and no bogeys through 14 and is five under. Shot gone for Dustin Johnson at the fourth, he falls to four under. Ernie with another saver at 13 to stay three under. -8 Kuchar -6 Molder, Khan -5 Dufner, D Johnson, Noh, Points, Watney
Sorry, just realised I sounded a little bit laconic about that Khan effort - what I should have said was SIMON KHAN'S JUST STUCK ONE IN FOR EAGLE AT SIX TO GRAB SECOND! Every time you look up Kuchar's standing over a birdie putt, but this one stays left at 14 and he stays eight under. Noh of Korea is five under after a birdie at 12. Only 19, is Noh, and he's the second youngest winner on the European Tour - Malaysian Open 2010. -8 Kuchar -6 Molder, Khan -5 Watney, D Johnson, DA Points
Dustin Johnson from range at three, but it slides by and he stays five under. Mickelson is now nine behind leader Kuchar after a double at 13. Simon Khan is the top Englishman, and he's just eagled the sixth courtesy of a colossal putt from the front edge to grab outright second. Strike that, Molder's joined him after birdie at 14. -8 Kuchar -6 Molder, Khan -5 Watney, D Johnson, DA Points
Matt Kuchar opens his legs and shows his class - three shot lead now after a birdie at 13. McIlroy, like an 800m runner hugging the leader's shoulder round the bend, curls in a 20-footer at the second to get to four under. Mickelson looks like he's going to blow a couple at 18 after another wild and windy drive... -8 Kuchar -5 Watney, Molder, D Johnson, DA Points
Molder stays five under through 13 with a five-foot saver. Zach Johnson's left his par putt left at two. Before we get any more texts in about Shane Lowry, yes, I know he's Irish, it's just that I took a 15-minute fag break last night and the bloke filling in decided to announce he was the "highest-placed UK player", which was nice. He did, of course, win the Irish Open last year, as an amateur, and is the son of 1982 All-Ireland winner Brendan Lowry. STOP PRESS: Mickelson's topped one! Altogether now: "HEAD UP!" Kuchar all over the flag with his second at 13. -7 Kuchar -5 Watney, Molder, D Johnson
Ross Fisher is having a real torrid time out there - double at 18, bogeys at one and two, he's nine over overall. And plenty of people were tipping him this week. Matty 'Eight top-10 finishes this season which is why I've got a fiver each-way on him' Kuchar has carved himself out a two-stroke lead with birdie at 12. Els lets one slip at one, he looked imperious yesterday, it's as if someone's put the wrong gas in him today. -7 Kuchar -5 Watney, Molder, Z Johnson, D Johnson
Simon Khan of Chingford had a quick turnaround this morning but made birdie at three and is -4 through four. News of our Open champion Louis Oosthuizen - he's one over today through seven, level overall. Graeme McDowell is having a bit of a shocker, he's just bogeyed 15 and 16 and is +5. Great recovery from McIlroy at 18, he stays three under. -6 Kuchar -5 Watney, Molder, Z Johnson, D Johnson
The leaderboard is about as USPGA as you can get at the moment, plenty of American players the passing golf fan might never have heard of. And Matt Kuchar is atop it after making that birdie putt at 11. Zach Johnson back to -5 after birdie at the par-three 17th, as McIlroy, who had been swinging it like treacle this morning, duffs his second into 18. -6 Kuchar -5 Watney, Molder, Z Johnson, D Johnson
SHANE LOWRY PITCHING IN FOR TWO AT SIX! I ruddy love that Irishman. Or is he? Kuchar missed the green with his second at the monster 11th but that's a delicate little chip and he'll have a five-footer to regain the outright lead. Johnny O'G
(see below) - I used to go out with a girl from Runcorn. She said I had a heart of ice. You know her? -5 Molder, Kuchar, D Johnson, Watney
Anon, Virginia, via text:
"Re: 1854, could you put my name in the draw with the other 97,564 texters who sent a message in to point out that Shane Lowry is not Irish?"
Watney missed that par putt and two shots now separate the top 18, which is just how we like it. McIlroy for a 20-footer to get to within one of the lead... misses just right. Noh steadies the ship at nine after a dreamy second with a 15-footer for birdie - stops the rot, back to four under. -5 Watney, Molder, Kuchar, D Johnson
Johnny O'G, Sutton, via text:
"Hey Dirsy, I'm stuck in Runcorn for the weekend with the future in-laws. If my juicy bet on Kuchar pays out then I'll be financed for the wedding and this weekend will be a wasted journey."
Els for par at 18 and that's a smart up-and-down to stay four under, and Dustin Johnson follows him in to stay five under. Watney's left himself a seven-footer for par at 15, Zach Johnson stays four under through seven with a five-foot saver. -6 Watney -5 Molder, Kuchar, D Johnson
Justin Rose gets to level with three straight birdies between 11 and 13... and then drops one at 14. Clarkey nicks a shot back at 17 and is back at evens. Big save by Mickelson at 15 as McIlroy finds the heart again at 17, he's giving himself plenty of chances. The willowy Nick Watney comes up short with his second at the par-five 15th, and you know the winds up when that's happening. -6 Watney -5 Molder, Kuchar, D Johnson
Bryce Molder joins the gang on five under with another birdie at 10 - he's had six already in his second round. Bogey for Chad Campbell at 18, he slips back to three under. McIlroy with a chance of a four at 16 after a solid third. Mickelson in full-on Houdini mould today - he somehow digs out a ball stuck right in the face to within a few feet at 15. Another one gone for Noh at eight and he tumbles into the pack at -3. Kuchar's birdie putt looks in all the way at 10 but suddenly has second thoughts and decides against dropping. McIlroy's birdie effort slide by at 16... -6 Watney -5 Molder, Kuchar, D Johnson
Our leader Nick Watney into the 14th but he catches it heavy and the wind drags it down short. What's Nick Watney's favourite drink? Chocolate milk. Best advice? "Stay true to yourself." Shot gone for Zach Johnson at 15 - unusual that, he's usually lethal from within 10 feet. Great saver from Ernie at 17, curling in a left-to-right from the fringe to stay four under. Lovely touch - one of his fans gets a signed glove with "sorry" scrawled across it after an errant drive at 15. That fan should get his address, if he ends up winning this, he'll have played his part, that hit him flush. Mickelson doesn't take advantage, however, leaving his three iron short.
Not conditions for wig-wearers, it's really kicking up out there now. Shot gone for Noh at six, he drops back to four under, as Mickelson squeezes in another birdie at 14 to get back in the red. Lefty's looking punchy. Unheralded American DA Points lets a shot go at seven to drop out of the tie for second - aged 33, but it's his first USPGA. -6 Watney -5 D Johnson, Kuchar, Z Johnson
Kuchar with a birdie putt from 10 feet to get back to six under... misses by the width of a Rizla. Ernie with his third shot at the par-five 16th and that's a pretty good effort from where he was, the ball about waist-high up a slope. Cracking long-range birdie effort, he should stay four under. Darren Clarke for par at 15 after a fine bunker escape... can't make it disappear, he falls to one over. McIlroy's second into 15... right into the guts. Nicky Watney with a curly one from 12 feet at 13... drained it, he's now outright leader on six under. Dustin Johnson fills the vacancy at five under, rolling in a birdie at 16, his fourth in seven in his second round.
Angel Cabrera with wedge off the tee at the short 12th and he's got a three-footer for two birdie on the spin and to get back to -2. El Pato may be inconsistent, but two majors says he glows rather than shrivels when things get hot. McIlroy slipping through the gears, he's just added birdie at 14 to get to three under.
Mickelson makes that birdie at 13 to get to even par, and he's only five off the lead. Zach Johnson putting from the apron at 14 but it lips out - he remains five under. Noh for the outright lead at six... stays fractionally left. Poor swing from Ernie at 16, his ball just got messy.
Dustin Johnson moves to -4 with a monster birdie putt at 15 as Kuchar shows plenty of mongrel with a clutch par putt at seven. Els with a right-to-lefter for birdie at 15 but it breaks too soon and he stays -4. Mickelson needs to get something going and that could be the spark, a peach of a second into 13. McIlroy chiselling his way into the leaderboard courtesy of a birdie at the 404-yard 13th.
Shot gone for Fernandez-Castano - nicknamed Gonzo by his buddies in the European locker rooms - at 18. Well struck putt from range, missed just left. Kuchar rather unravelling, every time I look up he's shin deep in trouble - however, that is a sweet, sweet recovery at seven, he should make par. Here's McIlroy with his second at 14 - ball into the heart and it curls towards the hole. Former Masters champion Zach Johnson gets to five under and into a four-way a share of the lead with an eight-foot birdie putt at 13. That wind really tugging at the flags now, pity those poor late starters... -5 Kuchar, Noh, Watney, Z Johnson
Kuchar's par putt lacks a bit of puff but it's a decent effort and he taps in for bogey - one shot gone, but with his length it will feel more like two. Bryce Molder makes it four birdies in five between three and seven, he's now three under. Three at 13 from local lad Stricker, he's now just three off the lead.
Shot gone for Ernie Els at 14, he drops back to -4. Kuchar drops onto a slope and his ball rolls back onto the path a couple of times before sticking in some fluff. He flops on and he'll have a 25-footer to save par. The greenkeepers are out, recutting a new pin position on the ninth, the same way they've done it since the dawn of golf. Seung Yul Noh has gone four straight pars in his second round to stay four under.
Looks like a drop for Kuchar rather than a reload, he's in a lateral water hazard. Yesterday Mickelson looked like one of those chaps who spray-paints himself gold and stands around at Covent Garden expecting people to give him money, from the waist down anyway, today he's gone with canary and beige. His birdie attempt comes up short at 11, he stays +1. England's Simon Khan, winner of this year's, BMW PGA Championship, finishes with a bogey for a first round of 69, three under par.
"Oh, jeepers Matty," goes the cry as Kuchar tugs his tee shot into jungle at six. Short par four, players being tempted - and some regretting it. The burly Carl Pettersson of Sweden is about to join the group on three under, he left his eagle attempt just left at six. Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano - currently four under - with a dreamy tee shot at the par-three 17th - sawn-off follow-through, but it got results.
Many thanks Pranav, he's done my by-line and everything. And before I start, I'd just like to say - I KNOW SHANE LOWRY'S NOT IRISH! I WAS ON A BREAK! Els gets to within one of Kuchar with a birdie at 13, the South African now five under. Here's McIlroy at 12 and he's all over the flag with his tee shot. American Chad Campbell has birdied 12 and 13 in his second round to move to -4 and a tie for third. He only just missed by a whisker with his birdie putt at 14. Nick Watney bends in a left-to-righter at the first, he's back to -4.
Right, my time in the text commentator's chair has come to an end, it's time to hand over to Ben Dirs, who will see you through until the end of day two. It's looking gloomy at Whistling Straits, but fingers crossed those threatening clouds keep well away.
Simon Khan, who seems to be on a never-ending first round, moves up one place to four under with a birdie on the par-three seventh. Looking good for the PGA Championship winner right now.
Mixed start for big Ern as he bogeys the 12th hole minutes after carding a birdie on the 11th, so it's back to four under for the South African. Meanwhile, American
is going bonkers with three birdies in five holes on the back nine, moving the 33-year-old into the two under group alongside Jim Furyk and Scotland's Martin Laird.
Blimey, almost three hours on the job and I haven't even mentioned Tiger Woods. The world number one is out at 2345 BST. Craig
in Liverpool writes: "I got 18/1 the other day, even with one arm cut off I'd have him closer to 10/1." Tiger's once again out with defending champion Yang Yong-eun and Fijian Vijay Singh.
From Al, East Lothian via text 81111:
"Once saw the bizarre combination of Adam Scott and Thomas Bjorn singing Karaoke, long story but not good."
Tim Thelen is enjoying a promising start to his second round, carding two bogeys from five holes starting at the 10th. Thelen, 49, doesn't have a Wikipedia page - does that officially make him a nobody? Up on the 10th, Phil "Lefty" Mickelson, clad in a banana yellow shirt complemented by white chinos - like an accountant on holiday - launches a shocking tee shot which flies out of bounds and into the spectators. Ouch.
From RussianSpy on 606:
"Not much chatter about Matt Kuchar, 8 top 10 finishes this year and loves a good links course. Got in at 55/1 yesterday. Looking good this afternoon."
Ernie Els and Noh Seung-yul, both on four under, are out for their second rounds.
Matt Kuchar opens up a two-shot lead from the quintet of players on four under following a birdie on the par-five second. Phil
in Motherwell is asking what's happened to Justin Rose? Well, the Englishman is two over after a first-round 74, so quite literally nothing to write home about.
Teeing off alongside Ian Poulter this afternoon/evening will be Corey Pavin, the USA's Ryder Cup captain. Ooh the intrigue! Can you imagine what the conversation between those two would be about? Tiger? Monty? Sergio? Lefty? Clarke? Rory? Or would they be tight-lipped all the way around the course? Camilo Villegas, who makes up the second-round trio, should keep his ears peeled for some solid-gold nuggets.
Bubba and his almighty drives will be out on the course at 2305 BST, although expect that time to be put back if another weather interruption delays play again. Meanwhile, Matt Kuchar is back out on the course barely an hour after completing his first round and the tournament leader pars the first hole to maintain his position at the top.
From Hooded Man via text 81111:
"I'm still getting over Bubba hitting a drive 445 yards yesterday and only needing a lob wedge to get on a 580-yard hole.....even downwind, amazing power."
Blistering second-round start from Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, who birdies the second to move to four under.
Anon via text 81111:
"As for Noh Seung-yul he may not be any good a Karaoke but he did become the second youngest winner in European Tour history to win the Malaysian Open this year-bet he had a good singing voice after that Karaoke or not!"
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano is one of the first golfers out for round two - and the Spaniard cards an opening birdie on the first to move up to three under. Still plenty of golfers yet to finish their first rounds including Englishman Simon Khan, Angel Cabrera and the 2010 champions' triumvirate of Louis Oosthuizen, Graeme MacDowell and Phil Mickelson. And with rain forecast for the early afternoon, the playing order is likely to become even more convoluted as the day progresses.
Ian Poulter on Twitter:
"English tee time for my UK fans and friends is 12.05 at night so I guess you will be going to bed or coming in from your night out."
I'm giggling like a schoolchild whose just slipped a whoopee cushion under his teacher's seat after reading Simon's text below. Regain professional demeanour, regain professional integrity... His name should be Noh Seung-yul, his family name first followed by his two given names as is the South Korean way. Anyways, Noh finishes off with a par at the ninth and is one shot off Kuchar's lead alongside the likes of Ernie Els, Bubba Watson and Francesco Molinari.
Simon via text 81111:
"Do you reckon the South Korean, Seung Yul-Noh, is any good at Karaoke?"
Darren Clarke is probably wishing he had stayed in bed this morning. After starting the day on three under, the Northern Irishman is two over following a double bogey at the par-three 17th, which means he has dropped five shots in four holes - ouch. Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy, who double-bogeyed the 15th, picks up a shot on the 17th with a birdie to move to one under.
Unbelievably, Noh Seung-yul birdies the par-four eighth and is now four under with one hole to play. Another South Korean on song at the USPGA - another birdie and Kuchar has company at the top of the leaderboard.
Another to sneak up the leaderboard is South Korea's Noh Seung-yul, who has birdied the last three of his four holes on the front nine to slot into the eight-strong group at three under.
US Open champion Graeme McDowell makes a par-saving putt on the 15th, keeping him pegged at +2. His playing partners, Open winner Louis Oosthuizen and Masters champion Phil Mickelson, both stay on level par overall. Kuchar pars the ninth to finish off his first round with 67. Ernie Els, currently four under and on the 17th, is possibly the only man who can feasibly challenge that lead right now.
Just when I big up Rory McIlroy and his ability to inflate budgetary needs for 40th birthday parties, the 21-year-old slips back to level par after a double bogey on the 15th.
Evra and Park Rush Hour 3 on 606:
"Just after seeing Garcia's outburst there....Sergio's head is not with him right now and he must be having personal problems in his life right now!"
Thanks to Mike
in London, who texted to remind me that Kuchar birdied the 16th yesterday and can't play the same hole twice, no matter how much he loves it. Kuchar birdied the par-four sixth as he is playing the front nine last. The Floridian pars the eighth and, barring no major errors on the ninth and final hole, he will be the clubhouse leader.
Last year's Masters champion Angel Cabrera joins the three under coterie with a birdie at the par-five 11th but Clarke's promising start is turning sour as he cards his second successive bogey, this time on the 15th. I'm very much in the mixer for an invite to Joe's missus's 40th shindig. Judging by the way Rory is playing at the moment, Joe will have to remortgage himself up to his eyeballs to pay for one almighty shindig.
Joe, Billingshurst via text 81111:
"On a train back from a meeting in London. Was looking forward to reading about McIlroy's birdies early on day 2. If he wins this weekend, the budget for the Mrs's 40th next week will definitely be revised."
Apologies for the lack of updates on the action, we have no live pictures until 1830 BST. However, American Matt Kuchar has picked up birdie at the par-four 6th and is now the outright leader at five under. Bad news for Darren Clarke, who drops a shot at the 14th and slips to two under alongside compatriot Rory McIlroy, who birdies the same hole.
pahammer on 606:
"So all the people who are on the course to finish their first round are also the people supposed to be first up for the second round? Will they tinker with the starting order or will the course gradually empty in the middle of the day as the first round finishes before the second round gets underway? Oh my head hurts."
Talking of storms, BBC golf correspondent Iain Carter has just tweeted a rather
alarming forecast of the Green Bay area,
with large amounts of yellow flanked by little bits of green. I'm no meteorologist, but I would say that large splurge indicates rain, as predicted by Tim below. Play is under way, but don't expect a whole heap of scintillating golf any time soon.
Tim Wooly via text +44 7786200666:
"I am over working in Indiana and have seen only sun and lightning for the last 7 weeks. Once the fog lifts prepare for the storms. At least the delay means I can watch until late evening US."
Poor old Sergio Garcia, that two-month break can't come soon enough. As if Colin Montgomerie's proclamation that the only way the Spaniard will make the Ryder Cup squad is if he wins at Whistling Straits was bad enough, he then throws a hissy fit of diva-like qualities during his round of six-over 78 on Thursday. If you haven't seen his petulant tantrum, it's worth a scan of the t'internet and TV outlets because it's spectacular, whacking the sand about five times after botching a bunker shot.
Afternoon team Wisconsin, while Sam attempts an audacious round of paper, stones and scissors (rock? Wassheplayin'at?) with the bosses, I'll be your guide through to about 1800 BST or so before the nuts and bolts of day two kicks off with Benjamin Dirs. Right now my fingers are caked in salt from the beastly number of dried edamame beans I have just consumed. Anyone else typing with the residue of their lunch still lingering on the tips of their digits? Oh yes, I wholeheartedly encourage you to refresh your web browser
so you can see who is writing this drivel.
Dan from Taunton via text:
"Hurry up and lift, fog! I got all my important work done this morning so I could watch the golf from my desk this avo - now I keep tinkering with my fantasy football teams instead and I'm probably only making them worse!"
Golfer Ian Poulter on Twitter:
"Just woke up and still another delay - I don't think I will actually tee-off at this rate. Aaaahhhhhh could be here until Monday!"
Anon, Winchester via text:
"RE: 1448. I hope the golf starts soon otherwise these idle ramblings could go on anon anon..."
1500: RESUMPTION ALERT:
Officials have decided that we will go for a 0940 local time (1540 BST) restart. Wahey! Should we get back under way then, we will have lost almost six hours in two days. Here's sending our best wishes to the tournament organisers...!
thenewvillaheroes on 606:
"I would say the cut is probably going to be about two- or three-over because apparently the wind is supposed to be a bit stronger today."
getting a lot of exposure today isn't he/she/it? Don't forget to leave your names on your texts people.
Anon via text:
"Or we could go really old school and just have a rope from tee to pin! And a foghorn for when people have finished the hole. 'Don't let go Monty or I'll lose you!'"
And for a first-hand look at preparing for a major, why not cast your eye over
Scottish golfer Martin Laird's blog?
"There is so much at stake when trying to win a major. Not only do you get to put your name in the history books and reach the absolute pinnacle of your sport, there is also a five-year tour exemption that comes with it. Not to mention all the sponsorship doors that will open once you make that breakthrough."
Anon via text:
"I think the concept of orange balls is genius! Give them each a miner's hat and the second round would be under way. As for the caddies, give them some of those children's shoes that flash when you walk and we'd be under starters orders! Where's the sense of a initiative from the USPGA?!"
Anon via text:
"In rock paper scissors, 56% of people go for rock first. Those paper choosers seem to have done their research..."
essjay71 on 606:
"I think it's a good bet that Rory McIlroy makes the 'major' breakthrough sooner rather than later. He's well placed to attack and when he gets on a roll he's unstoppable!"
Rock-paper-scissors update! Two of you got involved, and both went for paper, despite the fact everyone knows that scissors is the classic opening move. Strange.
From Mark, Dublin via text:
"I'm actually so gutted we are delayed again today. I was all set up for a lovely afternoon in work watching my three-ball selections roll home. I have a nice sum of money on "The Goose", Padraig and Ross the boy Fisher so after they made a show of themselves yesterday i'm looking for them to get out on the course shortly and make amends. COME ON!!"
dssssi on 606:
"Weather front moving into area...on doppler radar..hopefully will miss north. Expect some rain showers to soften course even more."
From James, Hook via text:
"Backed Khan at 400-1. My mates laughed. Would dearly love to wipe the smugness from their faces come Sunday night, or Mon night or Tues night, whenever it ends!"
Flux Redux on 606:
"I've played some of my best golf in thick fog! Why don't they just use orange balls?"
MarcusBackInKensington on 606:
"What a load of rubbish. The US PGA tour are far too sensitive when it comes to the weather. The fog isn't even that bad there today...I've played in far worse down at St George's."
From Slaright via text:
"By the way, do you think the USPGA has arranged this fog to prepare their Ryder Cup team - having lived in Cwmbran a few years ago my bet is for that match to finish on Tuesday!"
TheBBCFan on 606:
"Weather delays are really boring. Put that up on the live golf section please. Cheers."
the tee-times are out of whack,
but the order of play should remain the same provided we get some golf at one point or another. So that means Colin Montgomerie and Chris Wood will go out in the third groups, followed soon after by the likes of Ross Fisher, Ernie Els, Darren Clarke, Miguel Angel Jimenez and with Justin Rose and Simon Khan among the back-markers of the first round after that. Now talk of a Monday finish might just be premature as it stands - don't forget things should get easier after the cut - but then any more early morning foggy spells and things could get tricky.
hawick on 606:
"Going to be fascinating today. Tiger for example is three off the lead, but so compressed is the field thus far, only two shots away from missing the cut!"
So how are we assessing
Tiger Woods's opening round?
The world number one, joint 78th out of 80 at last week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, was three under after only four holes at Whistling Straits before falling back to one-under for the round. So is that a hint at a return to form or more evidence of his fragile game and confidence at the moment? "I got off to a quick start and all of a sudden I felt like I could shoot something in the 60s, but it didn't quite happen," he said. "I've just got to continue to improve every day, I just need to solidify."
Stargazer on 606:
"Never tried playing golf in fog, but the distance that my friends and I hit the ball off the tee it would need to be a pea-souper to inconvenience us."
From Colm, Dublin via text:
"Backed Els and Kuchar at 35/1 and 66/1 respectively, so am liking the leaderboard as it stands! Would love to see Clarke or McIlroy in the hunt come sunday though. Course looks stunning!"
fastPhilCAFC on 606:
"With some of the players not halfway through their first round yet, a Monday finish is surely now a possibility."
So, as none of you have come to the party, I guess I'll have to - you know - do my job and stuff and give you a little summary of
events from yesterday.
Well Ryder Cup hopeful (and looking increasingly like Ryder Cup shoo-in) Francesco Molinari leads the way in the clubhouse alongside American Bubba Watson on four under - but that pair were being hunted down mercilessly by the time bad light curtailed play at around 2000 local time. Ernie Els, Matt Kuchar and Nick Watney were all left out on the course at four under, while Simon Khan and Darren Clarke led the British contingent on three under through seven and 13 respectively. Tiger Woods led at one point and then fell away, Rory McIlroy got off to a horrific start but then recovered, and the likes of Paul Casey, Ian Poulter and Luke Donald are all fairly well placed on even par. What have I missed?
From Chris via text:
"Can't see the Woods for the...fog?"
A bit more on the conditions at Whistling Straits - according to
the weather report on the official site,
it's foggy and warm, but with hope of an improvement later in the day. Yesterday, as I mentioned, we were delayed by three hours - let's hope it's not that bad hey?
Can I just lend my heartfelt thanks to
over on 606
- not just for correcting my 'deliberate' (ahem) mistake at 1259, but for kicking off the chat. Nice one.
From Anon via text:
"I put money on Henrik Stensson at 100/1. He's seven over through 12 holes... money well spent then."
While you all ruminate on how to sum up the first day in no more than 140 characters Twitter-style, let me tell you that we're moments away from the first tee-off of the day, with Fredrik Andersson Hed, David Hutsell and John Senden resuming their first rounds on the 17th, and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Tim Thelen and Paul Goydos doing similar on the seventh. Get in touch on
or via text on 81111
(UK) or +44 7786200666
(worldwide) why don't you?
Now then, we're looking at a bumper day's play today, with dozens of players still to finish their first rounds (after fog delayed play on the opening day by three hours) and a whole second round to get through. That means a nice and early start for the likes of British trio Chris Wood, Colin Montgomerie and Ross Fisher - and a fair few more besides. Anyone fancy providing a precis of
the first day?
Y'alright ladies and gentlemen, welcome to day two of the USPGA Championship at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin. Anyone know if it's foggy out there at the moment?