Super power hitter J.B. Holmes stood alone as the only player under par after two rounds of the 90th PGA Championship. His mind boggling bomb strategy paid off today because, by his own admission, he was hitting his driver straight. Some of his tee balls were reportedly in the 400 yard range. His 68 today gave him a 139 total and a one stroke advantage over over the trio of Charlie Wi, Ben Curtis, and Justin Rose. Curtis and Rose turned in 67s, good enough for rounds of the day. David Toms and Henrik Stenson were tied at 141, two strokes back. Toms proved that you don't have to be a beast off tee to contend here. Seven players were at 142 including Sergio, Aaron Baddely, and Jeev Milkha Singh. The other Singh and one of Average Golfer's sleeper picks. Did I mention the other Singh was one of my sleeper picks? Phil Mickelson was one more stroke back at 143, tied with a host of players. It's a tight leaderboard with 24 players within 5 shots of the lead.
At press time, with a few players still on the course, the projected cut was a startling +8. This left a veritable all star team with a short weekend. Notable victims include Daly, Couples, Zach Johnson, Scott, O'Hern, Clarke, Choi, Cink, Jimenez, Vijay Singh, Ames, Campbell, Love III, Immelman, Kaymer, Verplank, Westwood, Byrd, Imada, Woody, Montgomerie, and Mahan. Wow, that's a lot of quality carnage. I hope they can field a foursome for tomorrow! Saturday, moving day. Should be at least interesting.
*Average Golfer Comment of the Day belongs to Rees Jones, course designer, whose fingerprints are all over the current Oakland Hills setup. Responding to complaints about the difficulty of the course by many players, Jones said, "The winner never complains."