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Rocco Mediate was glad to get his second round behind him. (Martin/Getty Images)

Players near cut line can only watch and wait

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Rocco Mediate, this summer's new golf hero, and Paul Azinger were among several prominent players whose fate hung in the balance as the cut line hovered around 7 and 8 over Friday afternoon.

By PGATOUR.COM staff

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. - All Rocco Mediate could do was wait.

The popular U.S. Open runner-up put the finishing touches on a disappointing round of 74 just after noon Friday during the second round of the 90th PGA Championship. Whether he returns to play the weekend is now in the hands of the afternoon finishers.

"I don't know," said Mediate, who has a two-day total of 7 over. "The golf course is so nasty right now. Just nasty. The pins are really tough to get to, the wind is blowing and the greens are cooking, drying out."

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Regardless of what happens with the cut, which was hovering between 7 and 8 over, Mediate said he was "very glad" to be done. Mark Calcavecchia and Andres Romero, who were among a host tied with Mediate, probably felt the same.

Calcavecchia had been on the leaderboard Friday morning after making birdie on the second hole to get to even for the tournament. But then he got on the bogey train, making seven over his next 16 holes, including the final, potentially costly one, at No. 18.

Romero, who opened with a 69, had slightly more staying power. He started on the back nine and was just 1 over after he bogeyed the par-5 12th. A disastrous quadruple-bogey 8 at the 16th and a double at No. 18 sent him tumbling down the leaderboard, though.

Ryder Cup Captain Paul Azinger was in limbo at 8 over after shooting 76 Friday, while former Masters champ Mike Weir joined him after a 75. John Daly, Bob Tway and Fred Couples were among those at 9 over, shooting 75, 74 and 73, respectively.

Former PLAYERS Championship winner
Adam Scott couldn't recover from an opening 77 and was among those at 10 over along with
Darren Clarke, still hoping to get a Ryder Cup spot, was another shot back after a 76.

Vijay Singh, who won the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday, couldn't sustain the momentum as he shot consecutive 76s. Reigning Masters champ Trevor Immelman couldn't find the consistency he was seeking and stood 13 over.

Woody Austin, who finished second at last year's PGA Championship, made two birdies, 18 bogeys and one double before his early exit. Perhaps the biggest tumble, though, came from Jonathan Byrd.

Byrd was 2 under when the rains came on Thursday, but lost the momentum and returned to play his next nine holes in 42 and finish with a 75. He sealed his fate, though, with Friday's 82 that included eight bogeys and two doubles.

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