US PGA Championship day two: Fleetwood in the ascendancy in California
Tommy Fleetwood fired a brilliant second round of 64 to lead a three-pronged bid for an extremely rare English success in the US PGA Championship in San Francisco.
China’s Li Haotong held the halfway lead at Harding Park on eight under par, with Fleetwood sharing second place with compatriot Justin Rose, defending champion Brooks Koepka, Jason Day, Daniel Berger and France’s Mike Lorenzo-Vera.
Fleetwood’s fellow Englishman and Ryder Cup team-mate Paul Casey was a shot further back on five under, while Rory McIlroy lies seven shots off the pace after a frustrating 69, a stroke ahead of playing partner Tiger Woods.
Jim Barnes (1916 and 1919) is the only Englishman to have lifted the Wanamaker Trophy, but Fleetwood, Rose and Casey will have high hopes of ending the 101-year wait for an English winner on Sunday.
Tweet of the day
Open champion Shane Lowry’s frustrations boiled over on the 13th hole and left him with 13 clubs in the bag.
Quote of the day
“I was playing quite well today, so I thought I’ll keep it on; I didn’t want to test anything and just go down to a tee shirt” – Tommy Fleetwood plans to stick with his “lucky” cardigan.
Shot of the day
Mark Hubbard made the cut on the mark of one over par thanks to a second round 71 which included a spectacular eagle from 238 yards from a fairway bunker on the ninth.
Round of the day
Fleetwood began the day on level par but ended it on six under thanks to a superb 64 containing seven birdies and just one bogey.
Statistic of the day
Being “drawn” with a club professional means you are not considered a big name, but Li Haotong and Mike Lorenzo-Vera defied their lowly status at Harding Park.
On the up
The prospects of a first English winner since 1919 with Fleetwood, Rose and Casey all in contention.
On the slide
Rickie Fowler’s confidence over short putts after a stubbed attempt from six inches saw the American miss the cut by a single shot.
Justin Rose maintains narrow lead as Dustin Johnson bows out at Augusta
Rose heads into the weekend with a one-shot lead after carding a second-round 72.
Rory McIlroy encouraged to take a break as early Masters exit beckons
McIlroy has not won a major championship since 2014.
Justin Rose maintains lead at Masters after stuttering start
At seven under par, Rose was two shots ahead of 2015 champion Jordan Spieth and Australia’s Marc Leishman.
Justin Rose fights back to stay on top at the Masters
The Englishman made three late birdies to fire a level-par 72.
Bernd Wiesberger makes ground after Justin Rose’s shaky start to second round
The Olympic champion’s first-round advantage is cut to a single stroke at Augusta.
Jordan Spieth: ‘When you’re a yard off here, you’re about 40 feet away’
Augusta isn’t feeling very generous, Spieth said after a battling opening 71.
Tyrrell Hatton after impressive opening 71: ‘This is the major I expect to do worst in’
The Englishman made a great start at Augusta on Thursday but is keeping his expectations in check.
Masters day one: Justin Rose leads the way with superb 65
The Olympic gold medallist covered 10 holes in nine under at Augusta.
On this day in 2006: Phil Mickelson wins second Masters in three years
It was also a second successive major success for the Californian.