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.
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.