How ridiculous was In Gee Chun today? Right now, she is beating the Women's PGA field average by 12.08 strokes.
The biggest stroke differential in a men's PGA Championship since 1980 is 11.38 by Gary Player in round 2 in 1984.
These stats are smidge contrived ... the PGA championships (for men and women) allow entry of numerous teaching pros who, generally speaking, get killed by the touring pros ... that distorts the scoring differential. Back in Player's day, the men's PGA Championship had 40 teaching pros in a field of 150 ... NJ teaching legend David Glenz played the '84 PGA and described his chances as "winning the Indianapolis 500 on a tricycle." *
John Wood is doing a good job of making everyone forget Jerry Foltz. He just has to work a bit more on getting that on-course half whisper/half talk golf voice just right.
KT dug herself into a hole in R1 (+4, 76) and dug herself out of it today (-2, 70). Seems to be a pattern for her. Currently T45, should still be enough to get her into the weekend, even with the easier layout.
Agree the CP’s playing this week skew the total strokes gained on the field by a lot but she also nabbed the biggest 18 hole major lead since Mickey Wright led by 5 in the same event. By any measure a historic round.
The par five Queens Nelly Korda and Henderson was complaining about having to hit third shots into par fives. Note to them that's why they call them par fives. They just like par fives that they can swing away on and putt for Eagles. With their length they still have the advantage over shorter golfers, just have to play golf instead of swinging away.
Also Majors are supposed to play tougher than the birdie fest setups.
Fwiw, I don't think Nelly or Brooke seemed to be "complaining" at all, just explaining how they played the course when asked.
Don't look now: the powers-that-be might have panicked, worrying about not having Americans near the top, because the course is 200+ yards shorter today, and, yes, there's a drivable par 4 (the 8th is 245 yards long). Jennifer Chang just missed an eagle putt. That's on top of the fact that there was no rain, so the fairways are running more today.
Not surprisingly, we are seeing better scoring.
Keep your head up, Dumbo! I want to hear after this round about more silly conversations you had with Dean! Hwaiting!
Happy trying to draw a foul before the round even starts. Relax she's got this! (as a breathe into a paper bag)
The EMP with a rangefinder today ... it's extremely rare to see pros using one during competition ... maybe Dusty flunked arithmetic in school.
Larry the Looper used to report on mass caddie massacres immediately after LPGA Majors ... don't be surprised if Dr. Noh puts Roy Clarke on the casualty list after today (is Buck Owens available? ) ... she must be hopeless on the greens ... 78% GIR this week, but averaged 35 putts per day ... and it's not just the putter, IMHO ... as I reported before, her routine on the range at the Seaview does not inspire confidence. When Clarke goes, that'll turn up the burner on her coaches, whoever they are.
Just watched Lewis almost ace #10 to start her day ... it sure looked like a Titleist logo on that ball, but Titleist is not next to her name on the LPGA online scoreboard. Maybe it's a super-recent change? I thought she was partial to Bridgestone.
The breeze got underneath Dumbo's Buster Brown collar on the 2nd green ... that could be a real hassle during gusty conditions.
Who is Jennifer Chang? She looks like she dropped in straight from the KLPGA.
Watched her play run-of-the-mill golf at Cognizant.
Per Wikipedia, Woo Ri Investments had its last KLPGA event in 2014, but they've got one really good KLPGA staffer now, Seo Yeon Kwon (4 top-10s in 2022). Chang could probably get a KLPGA invite just on this performance.
Anyone know why Stephenson dropped out?
"When is she gonna stop?!", yells Dan Hicks ... Dumbo just rolled in a longish downhiller for another birdie to go -11.
Holy Moly, Dumbo finished with a birdie on #18 ... will there be a video of it somewhere? Her only danger on Saturday is that The Old Ko will try to weaken her resolve by offering her food and snacks all day ... DON'T FALL FOR IT.
One less turtle on Saturday ...
Lizette Salas, right, reacts after talking to a rules official, left, while standing in a bunker on the ninth hole during the second round in the Women's PGA Championship golf tournament at Congressional Country Club, Friday, June 24, 2022, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Terrance Williams)
In Gee Chun got out of the gate real fast with birdies on three of the first five holes. With the shorter course I thought that she would have a another great round. But bogeys on nine and ten slowed the train down. Still she came back with two more birdies and no bogeys after that.
Sei Young Kim had a good round of five birdies and two bogeys. However the two bogeys were on par fives. One she miss hit a wedge left of the green and didn't save par. But still in good shape to make a run,
My hero of the day and favorite golfer is So Yeon Ryu. She started with a bogey and three birdies in three of first five holes to get to plus four. She made a double bogey on nine to drop back to plus six. Being So Yeon she didn't quit, made birdie on three of her last five holes. Made Cut on the number, on to the weekend with that big purse.