PGA Championship Day 2, Tiger Misses Cut, Koepka Surges

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Bethpage Black Course, Bethpage State Park, Long Island, New York — May 17, 2019

Tiger Woods won’t be playing in the final two rounds of the PGA Championship at the Bethpage Black Course. The 2019 Masters Champion failed to make the cut in the second of golf’s four majors this year.

May 17, 2019; Bethpage, NY, USA; Tiger Woods plays his shot from the second tee during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bethpage State Park – Black Course. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Brooks Koepka is threatening to lap the field after posting a new course record 63 on Thursday, he followed that up with blistering 65 on Friday. Seven birdies and 2 bogeys took Koepka to a two-day score of 12 under par. His closest competitors are Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott, tied for 2nd at 5 under.

May 17, 2019; Bethpage, NY, USA; Brooks Koepka reacts after his shot from the sixth tee during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bethpage State Park – Black Course. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Tiger’s Woes

After shooting a 2 over round of 72 on Thursday, Tiger needed a solid round on Friday to advance to the weekend. He played the front nine in even par with two birdies and two bogeys. But, on the back nine, four bogeys over the first five holes doomed his chances of making the cut. A birdie on the Par 5, 13th hole accounted for the only positive over the closing nine. Friday’s 73 equaled a two-day total of 5 over par, missing the cut by a single stroke.

FARMINGDALE, NEW YORK – MAY 17: Tiger Woods of the United States prepares to play his shot from the rough on the first hole during the second round of the 2019 PGA Championship at the Bethpage Black course on May 17, 2019 in Farmingdale, New York. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Making a Run

Adam Scott’s 64 was the low round of the day, Jordan Spieth shot 66. The pair tied for second at 5 under par.

May 17, 2019; Bethpage, NY, USA; Jordan Spieth plays his shot from the 12th tee during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bethpage State Park – Black Course. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Kelly Kraft also carded a 65 to tie Daniel Berger, Dustin Johnson, Matt Wallace, and Luke List at 4 under after two rounds.

May 17, 2019; Bethpage, NY, USA; Dustin Johnson reacts after his putt on the 16th green during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bethpage State Park – Black Course. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Danny Lee started the day one stroke behind Koepka but ran the wrong way shooting a 74 to fall 10 strokes behind the leader.

Other Notables

Scanning down the leaderboard Justin Rose sits alone in 9th, nine strokes off the lead at 3 under. Rickie Fowler is tied for 10th, 2 under par. Paul Casey is tied for 27th at even par, along with fan favorite Phil Mickelson and FedEx Cup leader Matt Kuchar. Rory McIlroy is 1 over, tied for 40th.

May 17, 2019; Bethpage, NY, USA; Phil Mickelson chips to the 11th green during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bethpage State Park – Black Course. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
May 17, 2019; Bethpage, NY, USA; Rory McIlroy reacts after his shot from the 12th tee as Phil Mickelson (right) looks on during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bethpage State Park – Black Course. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Golfers failing to make the cut included Steve Stricker, Martin Kaymer, Jon Rahm, Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson, and John Daly.

FARMINGDALE, NEW YORK – MAY 17: Gary Woodland of the United States, Rafael Cabrera-Bello of Spain and Matthew Fitzpatrick of England walk off the 17th tee during the second round of the 2019 PGA Championship at the Bethpage Black course on May 17, 2019 in Farmingdale, New York. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)