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Americans Are In Top Three Spots After Second Round of 93rd PGA Championship

First-round leader Steve Stricker bloomed to a four-over-par 74 in the second round of the 93rd PGA Championship as fellow Americans Jason Dufner and Keegan Bradley jumped to the front of the leaderboard on Day 2 with five-under scores of 135.

Rory McIIroy
Rory McIIroy

First-round leader Steve Stricker struggled on the second day of the PGA Championship at Atlantic Athletic Club in Johns, Creek, Ga., falling to three over-par 73 to fall into a tie for seventh halfway through the final major championship of the year.

Americans Jason Dufner, who is winless in six years on the PGA Tour, and Keegan Bradley are tied at five-under scores of 135 after Day 2 in the PGA Championship. There is a four-way tie for third with D. A. Points, John Senden, Jim Furyk and Scott Verplank tied at four-under 136, one shot back of the leaders.

Milburn Golf Club pro Sean Dougherty duplicated his first-round score of four-over 74 on Day 2, which unfortunately fell four shy of making the cut. Gary Woodland of Topeka, however, shot a second-round score of even-par 70 to end up in a tie for 17th with a two-day score of even-par 140 heading into weekend play.

Tiger Woods rebounded from his highest-ever first-round score of 77 in a major championship, shooting a three-over 73 on Friday, but that was well under the cut line, which stood at four-over 144. After missing the cut, Woods  said he wouldn't play another tournament round for about three months.

Rory McIlroy, winner of the U.S. Open, fought through a wrist injury suffered in the opening round, ending up with a three-over 73 on Friday, which placed him in a tie for 53rd at 143. McIlroy blamed most of his Friday difficulties on his putting, and hopes to figure something out heading into the final two days of the tournament.

American Shaun Micheel started his second round four shots off the lead with a four-under 74. But he bloomed to an eight-over 78 on Friday, which left him flirting with the cut line.