Friday, January 19, 2018

McIlroy surges to lead at soggy PGA


On a soggy day at Valhalla, yesterday, Rory McIlroy put himself in a familiar position: leading the PGA Championship. For Tiger Woods, this is also becoming the norm. Another major disappointment.

McIlroy, the overwhelming favourite, started on the back nine after a 50-minute rain delay, made a couple of early birdies, then claimed the outright lead for the first time when he rolled in a 30-foot eagle putt at the 18th hole.

McIlroy picked up two more birdies in his final three holes for a four-under 67, sending him to the clubhouse with a two-stroke lead over Ryan Palmer. Some of the other top contenders-- including Lee Westwood and Kevin Chappell, who were tied with Palmer for the lead after the first round— were playing in the afternoon.

Woods also went off late, in 109th place and more concerned about making the cut than getting into contention after opening with a 74.