Day 2 USPGA Championship: Holmes leads by one

Published 09/08/2008 09:57:48

Just one player has made it under par after two days at Oakland HIlls - American JB Holmes carded a second round 68 to reach day three at one under for the championship. The 26 year old from Kentucky went out earlier than his competitors, taking full advantage of the better conditions on offer. As greens hardened, his clubhouse lead was never seriously threatened.


Two time PGA tour winner Holmes said: "I hit the ball really well today, sixty-eight is a great score. I am glad I got in with that but I also felt I left a few out there."


A trio of players are one shot further back on even par -  Justin Rose shot 67, Charlie Curtis 67 and Charlie Wi 70, Englishman Rose is playing his way into contention for Nick Faldo's Ryder Cup team and dropped just one shot at the 18th.


"I'm ecstatic with that round of golf." Rose said.

"It is my round of the year for sure. It's the kind of round I've been looking for to get myself back on the leaderboard and feeling the good vibes.

The key for me to play good golf is to not get ahead of myself and think about Ryder Cup."


2003 Britsh Open Winner Curtis was bullish about his chances; "I know I can win another [major]. It's all about taking the opportunities I'm given."


Overnight leaders JM Singh and Karlsson endured miserable round, shooting 74 and 77 respectively.  Singh joins a group of players on 2 over that includes Sergio Garcia. The heavily fancied Spaniard said: "It's easily the hardest golf course I've played". Garcia's putting has often let him down and true to form he three putted on the 17th for double bogey.


Overnight leader and pre-tournament favourite Phil Mickelson played well but missed several makeable putts to finish 3 over for the round. Mickelson dropped shots on 14 and 15  and 3 in the last 5 holes.


Further back on five over par is a group of players that includes Open champion Padraig Harrington, runner-up Ian Poulter, Scotland's Alastair Forsyth and overnight joint leader Robert Karlsson. Harrington said:

"It was a struggle for me. I did my best to be ready for the week but clearly I'm not. What can I say, the harder I tried the worse it got. I haven't got the focus this week. I'm just not with it."


The cut came in at eight over, and amongst those who missed the cut are 'slave' Hunter Mahan, Lee Westwood, Darren Clarke, Vijay Singh, Nick Dougherty and Colin Montgomerie.Mongomerie carded an 84 and admitted: "It's very difficult out there and I made it more so"




Score Player Holes
-1 J B Homes 18
Level C Wi 18
Level B Curtis 18
Level J Rose 18
+1 D Toms 18
+1 H Stenson 18
Selected Others
+2 A Baddeley 18
+2 S Garcia 18
+3 P Mickelson 18
+5 P Harrington 18
+5 I Poulter 18
+6 P Casey 18
+6 R Goosen 18
+6 E Els 18
+8 J Furyk 18
+15 L Westwood 18




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