The troubles of the previous day were evident at Atlanta Athletics Club on Day Two of the US PGA Championship; with McIlroy bandaged up it was unsurprising when he hit drink at the 207-yard 17th followed by a triple-bogey six. The Northern Irishman, carrying a stressed tendon in the wrist, followed with three consecutive pars suggesting he may be able to redeem himself from day one’s poor play as he made it through the second day with 73.
The US topped the leader board with Keegan Bradley on a six-under 64 at his first-ever Major, and Jason Dufner and Jim Furyk trailing at 65. Furyk, 2003’s US Open Champion, required a much-needed boost to his slump this season. Meanwhile, World number two Westwood remained a threat with a 69 and one-under 139.
Sergio Garcia didn’t fail to impress at the opening of the day after he birdied 12th and 14th then continued through 15th and 16th without dropping a single shot. The unpredictability of the tournament rained down on Garcia though, who double-bogeyed the par-three 17th and remained on over-one ending the day on 69.
Stricker, whose name has soared up the golf favourites list in the bettors’ choice, began the first playing with England’s Paul Casey and Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez; who ended the first day one-under with Luke Donald. Donald, who disappointed on day two with double bogeys on the second after an inconsistent drive was sent him back to two-under . He returned, though, with 71 – just six shots off the lead – while Stricker just made the cut with a 74.
Adam Scott, although not playing up to standards on day one, redeemed himself with three birdies in the opening five holes, rising to three-under. Tiger Woods’ ex-caddie Steve Williams, who guided Scott to his victory in the WGC tour the previous weekend, can’t have helped Wood’s concentration as he was seen to miss simple short putts in his practice shots. But, after struggling along Woods hits to fairway on eighth with a birdie. After numerous other bogeys and hitting the bunker a huge 22 times, Woods’ status as a Championship dissolved as he dipped outside of the Top 100 mark while Scott ended the day 12th on 69.