Friday's Last Word

What could make our PGA Championship coverage even better? How about one story that recaps all the best stories we published throughout the entire day on Friday? Here's our Last Word from the links.


For the second day in a row, the weather played a huge role in the PGA Championship. (Getty Images)

KOHLER, Wis. -- Matt Kuchar made a birdie on the first hole he played Friday to take the lead, and that's where he wound up at the end of another long day at the PGA Championship.

What it meant was as clear as the cloudy, darkening sky over Whistling Straits.

Kuchar nearly holed out again from the 13th fairway on his way to a 69 that gave him a one-shot lead over Nick Watney, although half the field didn't finish the second round and some players didn't get past the fourth hole.

In the most disjointed major of the year, Tiger Woods had breakfast three times before teeing off in the first round, and he teed off around dinnertime in the second round.

Bubba Watson teed off some 30 hours after he finished his first round.

"I was talking with my caddie this afternoon, and we were talking about something that happened this morning," Watney said. "But we both thought it was yesterday. So it's been a long day. I'll have no trouble sleeping tonight and wake up tomorrow and see where we're at."

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By Stan Awtrey, PGATOUR.COM Contributor

KOHLER, Wis. -- No one can really be surprised to see Matt Kuchar and Bryce Molder's name at the top of a scoreboard at a major championship. The only question may be, what took them this long?

Almost a decade after they finished their illustrious careers at Georgia Tech, Kuchar and Molder are both in position to contend for a major championship. Kuchar is the clubhouse leader at the 92nd PGA Championship and Molder is only three strokes behind his pal.

Kuchar returned Friday morning to finish the final three holes of his first-round 67 and then added a 69, leaving him at 8-under 136. Molder completed his opening round in 72, then put together a second-round 67. Perhaps it's time to break out the yellow and white party hats.
"We thought it would happen a little sooner," Molder said. "Things happen. This game is tough. There's a lot of really good players. Sometimes it takes a little while to figure out how to play your best, how to maximize your efforts out here. I feel like he's just hitting his stride and I feel like I'm doing the same."

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By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM Chief of Correspondents

KOHLER, Wis. -- Another major championship. Another week with his name on the leaderboard.

When Dustin Johnson left Pebble Beach that painful Sunday, though, on the heels of an 82 that turned a three-stroke lead into a disappointing tie for eighth, there were those who wondered how quickly he would recover.

They didn't know Johnson very well, though.

The lanky South Carolinian got back into the mix almost immediately at the British Open a month later. He stood seventh through three rounds, albeit nine strokes behind the runaway champion Louis Oosthuizen, and eventually tied for 14th.

And Johnson's there again at the PGA Championship, three strokes off the lead through -- nearly -- two rounds of the fog-delayed final major of the season.

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By Stan Awtrey, PGATOUR.COM Contributor

KOHLER, Wis. -- Approximately 12:15 p.m. on Friday, Kerry Haigh stood on the sixth tee and pronounced it fit for assault.

As soon as the final group to finish the first round cleared the green, a three-man maintenance crew was ready to change the hole location. The new hole was cut close to the front of the green, which drew a reaction from the hundred or so fans who were watching.

Back on the tee box, the markers were moved up. Those actions, combined with a favorable wind, immediately transformed the hole from a short 355-yard par 4 to a driveable 322-yard par 4.

"They're going to be going for the pin now," one of the marshals said aloud.

Haigh double-checked the measurements -- four paces from the right, 10 paces deep -- and spoke to another marshal about how the hole was about to be transformed. Smiling, he walked off the green, in essence waving the green flag. Gentlemen, start your engines.

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By Stan Awtrey, PGATOUR.COM Contributor

KOHLER, Wis. -- Hey, Simon Khan, nice first round. Sixty-nine is a very good score. Now, could you please sign your scorecard and get to the tee box. You'll be starting your next round in eight minutes.

Friday was that sort of day at Whistling Straits, which endured a fog delay for the second straight morning, this time for 2 hours and 40 minutes. The delay played havoc with the starting times and the rhythm of the players, who are accustomed to maintaining a regular routine.

"This morning wasn't pleasant," said Matt Kuchar, who had to complete three holes after the restart, conduct a few television interviews and then walk to the first tee. "It wasn't pleasant to wake up at 4 this morning after getting back to the hotel at 9 last night. So I wasn't enjoying that part of it. But right now I'm glad I've played the way I did."

Many of the players shared Kuchar's feelings. They're not rested. Some feel hungry. Kuchar, who who finished his 67 and added a 69, said he even felt sick. It's difficult to play championship golf with a full tank of gas, must less a night with about five hours of sleep.

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By Stan Awtrey, PGATOUR.COM Contributor

KOHLER, Wis. -- Half of the PGA Club Professionals in the field at the PGA Championship have made it to the weekend. Sort of.

Because of the two long fog delays at Whistling Straits that prevented the Thursday and Friday rounds from starting on time, 10 of the PGA Professionals didn't get to finish their second round. So they'll be playing on Saturday before learning whether they've played well enough to qualify for the final two rounds.

The top 70 players, plus ties, will earn the right to play the final 36 holes at Whistling Straits. Nine of the 10 PGA club professionals who completed 36 holes know they didn't score well enough and will head home. Of the 10 who remain on the course, only a few are still in contention to make the cut, which as of the end of play Friday night is projected to be 1 over par.

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KOHLER, Wis. -- Our second day of saturation coverage of the 92nd PGA Championship, using our army of correspondents, started -- in many ways -- like the first. With a fog delay. 

But’s use of reporters, from PGA Professionals and PGA Professional Golf Management students to the actual players themselves, meant that we -- and you -- were never far from immediately knowing all the happenings that were taking place in Kohler.

Chris Rogers, a PGA/PGM correspondent, told us about the conditions early: “Can't see 50 yards in front of me...this fog is ridiculous!!!!!”

We knew then it would be a long day. As expected, a delay was soon announced. But defending champion Y.E. Yang put us in better spirits when he tweeted a little promo for us.

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KOHLER, Wis. (AP) -- Seung-yul Noh says he's not very famous back home in Korea. That's reserved for stars like K.J. Choi and Y.E. Yang.

The 19-year-old Noh is lurking on the leaderboard at 5-under 139 after a 68 in his second round on Friday at the PGA Championship. Noh, who wants to known by his initials S.Y., will likely be somewhere near the top when Saturday's third round begins, even though he insisted he isn't looking at the leaderboard yet.

Noh hasn't quite reached celebrity status in South Korea, but that may change with a strong performance at Whistling Straits.

"I don't play much on the PGA Tour, so that's why I'm not very famous back in Korea," Noh said through an interpreter. "After this, maybe I'll be famous."

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