The wind died down Friday afternoon and golf resumed in the second round of the 104th PGA Championship in South Hills, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
After steady – sometimes unbelievably gusty – winds wreaked havoc on the morning waves, the back nine was suddenly calm. That’s when a group of players in the afternoon took advantage of these conditions and slower, more acceptable greens and turned into a slump.
Will Zalatoris had a great run in the majors in his short career, shooting a 5-under 65 to raise the game to 9-under, in A one-shot lead in the third round on Saturday.
Mito Pereira finished at 8 under for the championship after shooting a 6-under 64 on Friday.
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Justin Thomas was part of the first gust of wind, shooting his second straight 3-under 67 and finishing third at 6-under after two rounds. First-round leader Rory McIlroy failed to deliver on Friday afternoon when he shot a 1-over 71 for a 4-under overall score and is currently tied for fifth.
The game of the day belonged to Bubba Watson, who became the 18th player in PGA Championship history to shoot a 63. The two-time Masters champion made nine birdies and two bogeys on Friday.
Tiger Woods made two birdies in the backcourt to sneak in with the cut to go into the weekend with a 1-under 69 and 3-over 69 in the second round.
PGA Championship third round tee times
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(All odds provided by DraftKings)
Will Zalatoris break through?
Zalatoris now +220 to win the PGA Championship. In the last seven majors at Nanshan, the leader or co-leader went on to win after 36 holes.
If that happens, it will be the 25-year-old’s first major title in seven games. He has finished in the top 10 at four of those tournaments, including a personal second at the 2021 Masters.
If Zara Torres can keep up the heat with his putter, he has the hitting ability to win the Wanamaker Trophy for his first major.
Thomas won with +320; not bad for the 2017 PGA Championship winner to sit three shots behind in third.
McIlroy, who has won two PGA Championships, has a +750 win from here.
It will be colder on Saturday with possible rain and thunderstorms. The wind is blowing again.
Has anyone had a bogey-free round in the bag?
Zara Torres had a Friday; +1400 he did it again Saturday.
McIlroy, who made two bogeys on Friday, was +1200, as were Thomas, Jon Rahm, Colin Morikawa and Cameron Smith.
In the final pair of the third round, Zara Torres was -140 on 18 holes Saturday against Pereira. Pereira missed a 7-foot birdie putt on the final hole on Friday, only to miss a 63. This group should be fun, it all comes down to who can make more putts.
Even though they won’t be teaming up, it will be interesting to watch Thomas and McIlroy go head-to-head. Thomas was -120 and McIlroy, who was +100 had a better round. Against partner Abraham Ancer, McIlroy is at -180.
Can Watson stay hot after turning 63 on Friday? He was paired with Thomas in the penultimate group on Saturday, with a +190 score against Thomas (-235). If you believe that Bubba can keep going, this bet is worth a lot.
After a 4-over 74 in the opening round, Woods fought back with a 1-under 69. He will start early Saturday (8:30am ET) with Shaun Norris. Major/Decimal for Woods rounds is set to 72.5 (-120 below; +100 above). Nanshan’s par is 70.
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