The 35-year-old American was among 25 players unable to finish the second round Friday at Quail Hollow because of a thunderstorm delay, the back-nine starter closing with four pars and the birdie to fire a second-round 68, three-under par.
Meanwhile, overnight leader American Kevin Kisner (four-under 67) was joined by Japanese world No.2 Hideki Matsuyama at the top as the latter charged up the leaderboard with a sensational seven-under 64, reports Efe. The former Open champion appeared to injure his wrist hitting off a tree root on the par-four fifth hole, but he chose to keep playing after meeting with a trainer.
Matsuyama has more experience on the big stage.
Peter Uihlein (OSU): Uihlein shot his second consecutive 3-over 74 and is tied for 78th at 6-over 148, one shot short of making the projected cut of 5-over 147.
Or Adam Scott's 76 that started with a four-putt double, and ended with a repeat - eight putts in two holes.
A few days after his 24th birthday, Jordan Spieth came to the PGA Championship attempting to become the youngest golfer to win each of the four Grand Slam tournaments. He'll need a herculean effort to leapfrog the 11 players in front of him and hoist his first major championship trophy.
"I didn't even know what he made".
"I was hitting the ball OK but my scrambling was woeful", he said.
"I remember in my prime and a lot of other guys' primes when you needed it there was that 20 yards and he's got that ability", continued former world number one Els.
"I am playing well". Last week gave me an unbelievable sense of calm.
Growing up only a two-hour drive south of the course, Kisner has long played on the Bermuda grass intalled around much of the course ahead of hosting its first major. he knows driving accuracy is crucial. It's a major and like I said it's a tough venue. "The key around here is keeping the ball out of the fairway". A double bogey at the 12th followed by a bogey at the par-three 13th, both times going left off the tee, left him eight back from Kisner and seemingly out of sorts.
That was still good enough to remain in contention, a stroke behind Kisner, who dropped three shots in the final three holes. He is a two-time victor on the PGA Tour but has lost four play-offs for further titles, leaving some fans doubting his ability to close out the tournament.
"I can make up five shots in nine holes, let alone 36 holes", Thomas said.
A birdie on the 15th helped McIlroy to the turn in 35, but he then bogeyed the second, third, fifth and sixth to lie outside the projected cut mark, before birdies on the seventh and eighth saw him safely through to the weekend.