BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, MI -- J.B. Holmes and his monster length turned out to be a good fit for Oakland Hills and the 90th PGA Championship.
Holmes hammered one tee shot after another and fired a 2-under
68 for a one-shot lead after two rounds of the tournament. Holmes
was at 1-under 139, the only player to break par over two rounds on
a course known as "The Monster."
Ben Curtis and Justin Rose both shot 67s to move into a
three-way tie for second with Charlie Wi (wee). They're at even
par, one shot behind Curtis.
Sergio Garcia four-putted the 17th green late in the second
round just as he was trying to catch Holmes, and instead dropped to
a 73 and was three shots behind. Phil Mickelson struggled with
three bogeys over the final five holes for a 73 that left him four
Scotland's Colin Montgomerie found nothing easy about Oakland
Hills. He had to play his best golf over the closing holes to avoid
his worst score as a professional, salvaging an 84 to match his
worst score ever in a major.
Monty won't be the only notable missing on the weekend. Chad
Campbell, Adam Scott, K.J. Choi, Stephen Ames, Fred Couples, Zach
Johnson, Darren Clarke and Stewart Cink all missed the cut, which
was 8 over par.