PGA Championship Day 2, Surprise Leader and Tiger Woods Fades

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TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, CA — August 7, 2020

Li Haotong is currently the 114th ranked professional golfer in the world. Tonight he is the leader of the PGA Championship after a remarkable 65 in round 2 at the TPC Harding Park. Remarkable? Li missed the fairway on 14 holes during his round and still managed to avoid a bogey while posting birdies on five of the first 10 holes. His round of 5 under par and a two day total of -8 place him two-strokes ahead of his closest challengers.

Haotong Li- Photo Credit: Tom Pennington / Getty Images

However, the group tied for 2nd features some imposing names capable of stepping up their game over the next two days. First-round co-leader Jason Day was 3 under par on his round until a bogey on the 9th took a stroke away. He quickly responded with a birdie on #10, then just as quickly double-bogeyed 12. Unable to manage anything but pars over the final six holes left Day at 6 under and two strokes out of the lead. Brooks Koepka, Justin Rose, and Tommy Fleetwood, who shot a low round of the day -6,  joined Day tied for second. Along with Daniel Berger and Mike Lorenzo-Vera.

Tommy Fleetwood- Photo Credit: Ezra Shaw / Getty Images

Brendon Todd, who sat atop the leaderboard yesterday with Day, combined two nines of birdie, bogey, and seven pars to remain at 5 under. Cameron Champ posted four birdies on the back nine to score a 64, tying Fleetwood for the low round of the day, and moved into contention tied for 8th with Todd and Paul Casey who shot a solid bogey-free 67.

Further Back in the Field

Dustin Johnson is in a five-man group tied for 11th at 4 under. Tony Finau and Bud Cauley join seven other golfers tied for 16th at -3. Bryson DeChambeau remained at 2 under after an even-par round that featured five birdies and five bogeys. DeChambeau is not out of contention but will need to make a move on Saturday.

Tiger Woods likely played himself out of contention with a round of 72. His two-day score of even-par left him setting just above the cut line that fell after +1.

Missing the Cut

Jim Furyk(+2), Rickie Fowler(+2), and Zach Johnson(-2) who followed his opening round 66 with a 2nd-day score of 76 missed the cut. Matt Kuchar(+3), Sergio Garcia(+6), Martin Kaymer(+8), Davis Love III(+9) were other notables who will have the weekend off.

Kaymer, who was a shot out of the lead at 4 under after day 1, posted a triple bogey, a double bogey, eight bogeys, and a single birdie to score 12 over par and boot himself out of the tournament. Talk about the wheels coming off, wow.

The Complete Leaderboard for Round 2 of the 2020 PGA Championship
Position Player To Pay Today Round 1 Round 2 Total
1 Haotong Li -8 -5 67 65 132
T2 Tommy Fleetwood -6 -6 70 64 134
T2 Jason Day -6 -1 65 69 134
T2 Daniel Berger -6 -3 67 67 134
T2 Brooks Koepka -6 -2 66 68 134
T2 Justin Rose -6 -2 66 68 134
T2 Mike Lorenzo-Vera -6 -2 66 68 134
T8 Cameron Champ -5 -6 71 64 135
T8 Paul Casey -5 -3 68 67 135
T8 Brendon Todd -5 E 65 70 135
T11 Lanto Griffin -4 -2 68 68 136
T11 Xander Schauffele -4 E 66 70 136
T11 Dustin Johnson -4 -3 69 67 136
T11 Bernd Wiesberger -4 -2 68 68 136
T11 Alexander Noren -4 -1 67 69 136
T16 Matthew Wolff -3 -2 69 68 137
T16 Hideki Matsuyama -3 -3 70 67 137
T16 Si Woo Kim -3 -2 69 68 137
T16 Scottie Scheffler -3 1 66 71 137
T16 Dylan Frittelli -3 -3 70 67 137
T16 Tony Finau -3 E 67 70 137
T16 Bud Cauley -3 1 66 71 137
T16 Brendan Steele -3 1 66 71 137
T16 Joel Dahmen -3 -2 69 68 137
T25 Harold Varner III -2 -4 72 66 138
T25 Brandt Snedeker -2 -4 72 66 138
T25 Patrick Reed -2 E 68 70 138
T25 Bryson DeChambeau -2 E 68 70 138
T25 Adam Scott -2 E 68 70 138
T25 Collin Morikawa -2 -1 69 69 138
T31 Joost Luiten -1 -2 71 68 139
T31 Adam Hadwin -1 1 68 71 139
T31 Kevin Streelman -1 E 69 70 139
T31 Viktor Hovland -1 1 68 71 139
T31 Denny McCarthy -1 -1 70 69 139
T31 Jon Rahm -1 -1 70 69 139
T31 Webb Simpson -1 -2 71 68 139
T31 Brian Harman -1 1 68 71 139
T31 Nate Lashley -1 E 69 70 139
T31 Gary Woodland -1 2 67 72 139
T31 Rory McIlroy -1 -1 70 69 139
T31 Victor Perez -1 -1 70 69 139
T31 Abraham Ancer -1 E 69 70 139
T44 Kurt Kitayama E 2 68 72 140
T44 Jim Herman E -1 71 69 140
T44 Emiliano Grillo E E 70 70 140
T44 Robert MacIntyre E -3 73 67 140
T44 Billy Horschel E 1 69 71 140
T44 Cameron Smith E -1 71 69 140
T44 Doc Redman E -3 73 67 140
T44 Tom Hoge E -2 72 68 140
T44 Russell Henley E -1 71 69 140
T44 Kevin Kisner E 3 67 73 140
T44 Ryan Palmer E -4 74 66 140
T44 Shane Lowry E 2 68 72 140
T44 Danny Lee E 1 69 71 140
T44 Tiger Woods E 2 68 72 140
T44 Keith Mitchell E 2 68 72 140
T44 Harris English E 1 69 71 140
T60 Byeong-Hun An +1 -1 72 69 141
T60 J.T. Poston +1 4 67 74 141
T60 Bubba Watson +1 1 70 71 141
T60 Phil Mickelson +1 -1 72 69 141
T60 Ian Poulter +1 -2 73 68 141
T60 Matt Wallace +1 E 71 70 141
T60 Mark Hubbard +1 1 70 71 141
T60 Sepp Straka +1 1 70 71 141
T60 Adam Long +1 -2 73 68 141
T60 Rory Sabbatini +1 E 71 70 141
T60 Sung Kang +1 1 70 71 141
T60 Patrick Cantlay +1 -2 73 68 141
T60 Erik van Rooyen +1 E 71 70 141
T60 Jordan Spieth +1 -2 73 68 141
T60 Justin Thomas +1 E 71 70 141
T60 Louis Oosthuizen +1 1 70 71 141
T60 Luke List +1 -1 72 69 141
T60 Charl Schwartzel +1 -2 73 68 141
T60 Chez Reavie +1 E 71 70 141
T60 Mackenzie Hughes +1 -2 73 68 141
Players missing the cut
Christiaan Bezuidenhout CUT 72 70 142
Talor Gooch CUT 71 71 142
Shaun Norris CUT 69 73 142
Jim Furyk CUT 71 71 142
Rickie Fowler CUT 73 69 142
Chan Kim CUT 72 70 142
Marc Leishman CUT 70 72 142
Carlos Ortiz CUT 72 70 142
Jason Dufner CUT 70 72 142
Henrik Stenson CUT 70 72 142
Zach Johnson CUT 66 76 142
Ryo Ishikawa CUT 72 70 142
Richy Werenski CUT 71 72 143
Xinjun Zhang CUT 72 71 143
Kevin Na CUT 70 73 143
Matt Kuchar CUT 71 72 143
Lucas Herbert CUT 73 70 143
Sebastian Munoz CUT 71 72 143
Andrew Landry CUT 74 69 143
Michael Thompson CUT 71 72 143
Steve Stricker CUT 72 71 143
Lucas Glover CUT 71 72 143
Tyrrell Hatton CUT 72 71 143
Jason Kokrak CUT 69 74 143
Tom Lewis CUT 67 76 143
Sungjae Im CUT 73 71 144
Joaquin Niemann CUT 75 69 144
Wyndham Clark CUT 71 73 144
C.T. Pan CUT 72 72 144
Alex Beach CUT 73 71 144
Matthew Fitzpatrick CUT 74 70 144
Scott Piercy CUT 70 74 144
Tyler Duncan CUT 74 71 145
Brian Stuard CUT 72 73 145
Matt Jones CUT 70 75 145
Jazz Janewattananond CUT 74 71 145
Keegan Bradley CUT 73 72 145
Troy Merritt CUT 73 72 145
Matthias Schwab CUT 69 76 145
Max Homa CUT 74 71 145
Corey Conners CUT 69 76 145
Bob Sowards CUT 71 75 146
Ben Cook CUT 71 75 146
Graeme McDowell CUT 72 74 146
Sergio Garcia CUT 73 73 146
Benjamin Hebert CUT 75 71 146
Andrew Putnam CUT 73 73 146
Rob Labritz CUT 71 76 147
Jimmy Walker CUT 73 74 147
Danny Willett CUT 75 72 147
Joohyung Kim CUT 70 77 147
David Muttitt CUT 72 75 147
Jason Caron CUT 76 72 148
John O’Leary CUT 75 73 148
Martin Kaymer CUT 66 82 148
Rafael Cabrera Bello CUT 72 76 148
J.R. Roth CUT 74 75 149
Davis Love III CUT 73 76 149
Nick Taylor CUT 76 73 149
Mike Auterson CUT 75 74 149
Shaun Micheel CUT 72 77 149
Rich Berberian Jr. CUT 76 74 150
Ryan Vermeer CUT 79 71 150
Danny Balin CUT 74 76 150
Marty Jertson CUT 74 76 150
Ken Tanigawa CUT 78 73 151
Marcus Kinhult CUT 74 77 151
Shawn Warren CUT 78 73 151
Justin Bertsch CUT 78 75 153
Jorge Campillo CUT 74 80 154
Jeff Hart CUT 77 77 154
Rich Beem CUT 80 75 155
Rod Perry CUT 75 81 156
Alex Knoll CUT 77 80 157
Judd Gibb CUT 77 84 161
Zach J. Johnson CUT 82 79 161
Cameron Tringale DQ 73 68 141