Five takeaways from Friday’s second round of the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club:
1. Jordan Spieth’s quest for the career Grand Slam with a win at the PGA Championship this week became much more unlikely unless he somehow finds a way to shoot something really low on the weekend. Spieth was 3-over par for 36 holes, 11 shots out of the lead.
2. World No. 3 Hideki Matsuyama is trending in the right direction to chase down No. 1 Dustin Johnson in the world ranking. A win by Matsuyama this week would close the gap considerably.
3. There were a few low scores to be had on Friday, including 64s by Matsuyama and Francesco Molinari of Italy and 5-under 66s by Jason Day, Justin Thomas and Ryan Fox of Australia.
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4. The players who are not the long bombers say there are five holes at Quail Hollow that you must make birdies: the three par-5s – Nos. 7, 10 and 15 – and the two short par-4s – Nos. 8 and 14. Otherwise, it’s a struggle to make par.
5. Jimmy Walker gets most improved for his 2-under 69 in the second round, which followed a disastrous 81 on Thursday. However, the defending PGA champion posted 8-over 150 to miss the cut.