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Tiger Woods made five birdies and three bogeys in the second round at Hazeltine. (Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Daily Wrap-up: PGA Championship, Round 2

Tiger Woods extended his lead to four in the second round of the PGA Championship at Hazeltine. Will he capture his fifth PGA Championship this weekend?

CHASKA, Minn. (AP) -- Tiger Woods watched the last of his three straight birdies take one last turn and drop into the cup. Walking toward the hole, he nodded his head and dangled his tongue out of the side of his mouth, a swagger that spoke volumes.

He is on top of his game at the PGA Championship, and he knows it.

In blustery conditions and on bumpy greens, Woods made key par putts early in his round and big birdies toward the end for a 2-under 70 that gave him a four-shot lead in the final major of the year.

The late string of birdies came in the final hour Friday at Hazeltine, and it changed everything. The final birdie putt gave this major that look of inevitability, with some frightening figures to back it up.

Woods is 8-0 in the majors when leading after 36 holes. He has never lost any tournament when leading by four shots going into the weekend. Of the top 16 players going into the second round, he was the only player to break par.

"In order to have a lead in a major championship, you can't be playing poorly," said Woods, who was at 7-under 137. "And all the times that I've been in this position, I have played well. And I'm playing well now."

Padraig Harrington, who tried to keep pace and hit one shot that Woods called one of the best he had ever seen, was asked after staggering to a 73 whether a four-shot lead was different when it belonged to the world's No. 1 player.

"What do you think?" the Irishman said, grinning. "That's self-evident. We're all well aware of his ability to lead in the front. He gets better from the front. I think he likes that position."

Woods was four shots clear of five players who have their work cut out for them.

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EASIEST HOLE TOUGHEST HOLE
The 572-yard par-5 seventh. It played to a scoring average of 4.584 on Friday. There were eight eagles, 63 birdies, 69 pars, 15 bogeys and one double bogey. The 518-yard par-4 12th. It played to a scoring average of 4.539 on Friday. There were eight birdies, 70 pars, 62 bogeys, 13 double bogeys and one "other."
SHOT OF THE DAY
ROUND OF THE DAY
Padraig Harrington's shot with a 3-wood from a difficult lie in a bunker on the 15th hole was so impressive that even Tiger Woods said it was "worth the price of admission".
Three players notched 4-under 68s in the second round, including Ross Fisher, Ernie Els and Tim Clark. Fisher's low score moved him into a tie for second heading into the weekend. 


ENJOYMENT, NOT OBSESSION, HAS GLOVER CONTENDING AGAIN

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM Chief of Correspondents

CHASKA, Minn. -- He's not doing any deep breathing exercises. No yoga, either.

But Lucas Glover has finally gotten it through his thick skull -- his words, not ours -- that golf is just a game and he should enjoy it, not obsess over it.

Glover's finally learned to relax on the golf course like he does when he's back home in Greenville, S.C., when he's playing a round with his buddies at The Thornblade Club. He finally understands what his sports psychologist, Morris Pickens, means when he says that golf is not that big a deal.

Exactly when he had this epiphany, Glover can't tell you. But his results this season have been impressive -- highlighted by that U.S. Open victory at Bethpage Black two months ago. Glover also tied for second at the Quail Hollow Championship and third at the Buick Invitational, both played on major-caliber courses.

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PUTTER BEDEVILS MICKELSON FOR SECOND STRAIGHT DAY

By T.J. Auclair, PGA.com Interactive Producer

CHASKA, Minn. -- When Phil Mickelson signed his scorecard for a second consecutive 2-under 74 on Friday in the 91st PGA Championship at Hazeltine, he was tied for 91st at 4 over par and in serious danger of missing the cut.

“It’ll be interesting,” Mickelson said. “I don’t know if I’ll make it or not.”

Interesting indeed. Fast forward just a few hours later and Mickelson made the cut on the number thanks to winds that swept scores plunging off the leaderboard, suddenly in a tie for 62nd, 11 shots behind leader Tiger Woods, but with a weekend tee time nonetheless.

“I’m not going to beat many people putting the way I am,” Mickelson said. He had a dreadful 67 putts over the first two rounds, which was tied for 146th in the field of 156. “I spent some time working on it last night and thought I had some good direction… I’ve got to get this thing turned around.”

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WOODS SEPARATES HIMSELF FROM PACK

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM Chief of Correspondents

CHASKA, Minn. -- It could have been better. It could have been worse.

As he has so often done during his career, though, Tiger Woods made like a magician, pulling a rabbit out of a hat when he shot 70 on a windy Friday to take a four-shot lead at the midway point of the 91st PGA Championship.

"I could have easily shot a couple over par today, but I turned it into an under par round," a satisfied -- and hungry -- Woods said simply after he signed his scorecard shortly after 8 p.m. ET.

The game's No. 1 player opened and closed his round with bogeys but hung tough in between with the capricious winds posing as much of a challenge as Hazeltine National itself. He managed five birdies, including three in a row starting on the 14th hole, to seize control and separate himself from the pack.

"It was pretty blustery," Woods acknowledged. "It was changing directions a little bit here and there. It was affecting putts.  You had to play the wind on putts. And it was all in all just a very difficult day. I had to stay very patient and hopefully you can take advantage of opportunities if you ever got any.

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