Round 2 Of The PGA Championship Will Resume On Saturday Due To Inclement Weather
ST. LOUIS – After his opening round Thursday in the 100th PGA Championship at sultry Bellerive Country Club, Tiger Woods reminded the media that major championships are marathons.
It didn’t take long to prove his point.
A late starter Friday with Rory McIlroy and defending champion Justin Thomas, Woods was 3-under through seven holes and tied for 23rd when play was suspended due to dangerous weather. Three hours later, the round was called.
“It was fine,” said the four-time PGA winner. “I felt I was headed in the right direction.”
When play resumes Saturday at 7 a.m. CT, Woods will be hitting his third shot from the fairway on the par-5 eighth hole.
“The good thing is we’re to have the greens prepared before we go back out there to finish up our second round,” he said. “It would have been quite different if we had to go back out there this afternoon and finish it up. But the greens will be freshly cut, so it will be just like it was when we played on Thursday.”
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When everyone completes the second round, the field will be cut to the top 70 and ties. Players will be paired in threesomes for the third round and the first and 10th tees will be utilized.
Weather permitting, Woods could play 29 holes.
“Tomorrow is going to be a long day for a lot of us,” he said.
Gary Woodland (64-66) is the clubhouse leader with a tournament record 36-hole score of 10-under 130.
After grinding out an even-par 70 Thursday, Woods got off to a fast start Friday. He made a 14-foot birdie putt at the par-4 second, a four-footer at the par-3 third, and added another from inside 10 feet at the par-3 fifth.
Woods drew the biggest roars of the round when he rolled in a 15-foot, par-saving putt at the sixth after missing the green. He also lipped out a birdie-chip at the par-4 seventh, his last hole of the day.
Since starting bogey-double-bogey on Thursday, Woods has played the next 23 holes 6-under.