2015 PGA Championship: Headlines from the first 2 rounds.


The first two rounds of the 2015 PGA Championship are complete, almost. Weather has halted play toward the end of Day 2 and already some interesting story lines have developed. Some big names appear to have missed the cut, while some relatively unknown players find themselves in contention. A championship scoring record was tied, and a legend continues to struggle. Let’s try to sort it all out before play resumes Saturday morning.

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  • Based on the World Golf Rankings, 4 of the world’s top 25 players will be spectators for the weekend at the year’s final major. Adam Scott (11th), Zach Johnson (12), Jimmy Walker (14) and Shane Lowry (19) all missed the cut at Whistling Straits. 

    Zach Johnson couldn’t duplicate the success he had back in July when he won The Open Championship. Playing with Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy might have added pressure to the well-known, but low-key Johnson.

    Shane Lowry won the Bridgestone Invitational last week. As I mentioned before, play was suspended and all the scores aren’t technically in yet. But as it stands now, Lowry is on the outside looking in. The Irishman will hope for some low scores tomorrow morning, as he sits 1 shot outside of the cut line.

    On the flip side, some unsuspected names could pull an upset and win a Major Championship this weekend. Tony Finau (113th), Brenden Steele (97th) and Harris English (85th) all find themselves in the top 10 at this year’s PGA Championship. Matt Jones might be the biggest surprise of them all!

    The 75th ranked player in the world finds himself in a tie atop the leader board at Whistling Straits. Australian-born Matt Jones  does have 3 top 10 finishes this year. He also won the 2014 Shell Houston Open. The Aussie has never finished higher than 30th in a Major though, so his presence atop the leader board is surprising.

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  • Hiroshi Iwata tied a major championship record when he shot a 9-under par 63 on Friday. What’s more shocking is that this score came in the wake of a 5-over par 77 the day before. Talk about Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde scenario. Iwata is the 102nd ranked player in the world and has yet to win on tour. I’m of the opinion that there’s more talent in the world of golf than ever before. Iwata’s shocking round only confirms that notion.

    Tiger Woods will miss his third cut in a major this year. His Friday round started out with some promise, when he carded 2 early birdies. Inconsistencies with the short game and inaccuracy off the tee reared their ugly heads however. As a result, Tiger will have to wait until next year to continue his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus’s major record.

    So many story lines have already emerged at this years PGA Championship. I almost forgot to mention that some kid named Spieth is lingering around the top of the leader board. And another dude with a funny accent and a weird name looked pretty good coming off injury. Welcome back Rory!

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