Rocky round sends Ben Cook home from PGA Championship

  • Rocky round sends Ben Cook home from PGA Championship

Rocky round sends Ben Cook home from PGA Championship

SAN FRANCISCO Tommy Fleetwood delayed restarting his season after the COVID-19 outbreak for logistical purposes and the lack of competitive rounds as a result have done no harm as the Englishman soared up the PGA Championship leaderboard on Friday.

Koepka managed to birdie the final hole for a 2-under-par 68 that put him in a tie for second, just two shots back of China's Li Haotong after the second round of the PGA Championship.

Big-hitting Cameron Champ is on five-under alongside Paul Casey, with Dustin Johnson also nicely positioned to make a weekend move on four-under. That group also includes the 2015 champion Jason Day, the 2013 US Open champion Justin Rose and last year's Open Championship runner-up Tommy Fleetwood.

Should he win, he would become the first Chinese male golfer and only the second Asian male to win a major championship, following in the footsteps of South Korean Y.E. Yang, who memorably pipped Tiger Woods to the US PGA in 2009.

The world number 13 bounced back with a birdie on the fourth and took advantage of the short par-four seventh to pick up another stroke before parring the hard eighth and ninth. "We'll loosen it up again and it will be a lot better".

Koepka said it had been five or six years since he'd last needed mid-round treatment in a PGA TOUR event, when "a rib went out" at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard. "I think the key on this course, you just need to hit as many fairways as you can, and especially putting and short game is quite important". "You know, I like where I'm at". Maybe. But that might only be because I've only played two weeks since coming back.

'I putt with my sand wedge all the time and this feels more like my sand wedge'. Got a weekend of golf left.

"I've got no expectation actually because of staying at home doing nothing".

"I drove it great", said the 44-year-old.

Fleetwood, who many consider one of the best players without major, went out early on Friday and walked off the course having shot the low round of the tournament after mixing seven birdies with a lone bogey. "Probably it helped me clear my mind a little bit this week".