Louisville, KY, United States (4E Sports) – Rory McIlroy fired a four-under-par 67 in the second round to take a provisional two-stroke lead Friday at the PGA Championship.
McIlroy made four birdies, two bogeys and an eagle at the par-71 7,458-yard Valhalla Country Club for a two-shot lead over Ryan Palmer.
The second round was delayed due to rain, which caused water to pond on the greens at Valhalla. Afternoon tee times were running 50 minutes behind schedule.
“Whenever the rain was coming down this morning, it made some of the tee shots more difficult,” said McIlroy, who won his previous two starts at the Open Championship and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
“I righted the ship well. I didn’t get off to the best of starts, but I caught fire a little bit around the turn. Really happy with the 4-under par,” he added.
Palmer, who shared the first-round lead, posted a 1-under 70 and is alone in second place at 7-under.
“I was able to hit great shots coming in and birdied the last two holes. Great feeling,” said Palmer. “It’s nice to go relax this afternoon sitting at 7- under going into the weekend.”
Steve Stricker carded a 68 to join Graham DeLaet (68) and Henrik Stenson (71) in a tie for sixth at five-under 137. Bill Haas and Vijay Singh both shot 68 and are tied at 3-under 139.
However, the leaderboard could change as several players are within striking distance of McIlroy, including Lee Westwood, Jason Day and Jim Furyk.
The cut line stands at 1-over-par 143, but it could drop to even-par or 2-over with wet conditions. Among those in danger of not making the cut are Tiger Woods, Tom Watson, Davis Love III, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson and Matteo Manassero.