ST. LOUIS – The Latest on the PGA Championship, the biggest golf tournament of the year (all times local):
The total bag for the PGA championship has increased to $ 11 millions, pairing with Masters and Players Championship for the second largest of the PGA Tour Quest & # 39; year
Only US $ 12 million have had more on the line.
The $ 500,000 shot last year means the winner's odds on Sunday at Bellerive will be $ 1,980,000. The second is worth $ 1,880,000 and the rest of the top 24 are guaranteed to six figures.
Even those who can not make the cut from Friday to 36 holes will go away with $ 3,100.
Dustin Johnson has avoided trouble all morning at the PGA championship.
The first player in the world opened his second round by driving so far that he needed to take a penalty, but he hit his close and managed 208-yard shot approach to save the par.
Two holes later, Johnson entered a fairway bunker, but rose and dropped from 86 yards for par.
Those dizzying shots reached him in par-4 15, his sixth hole, when he drove him through rough mud.
Another poor tee fired at the next hole that had put him in trouble.
Satoshi Kodaira delivered the first eagle of the PGA championship when he put his drive to the short, par-4 11th to 5 feet from the hole and rolled his putt .
The hole could see a couple of eagles during the second round, too.
was the easiest fourth hole in the opening round when he played 362 yards, but playing from a forward tee on Fridays makes him reachable for 298 yards and a tantalizing risk-reward opportunity.
Kodaira was awarded for his perfect drive with an eagle. But a rebel tee shot by someone approaching the green could end up in the water guarding the right front.
Gary Woodland was a putt away from the 18-hole record at the PGA championship. He missed the birdie and signed for a 6-under 64.
This gives him a one-shot advantage going into the second round, and not much else.
Woodland took the lead for the first time after each round in a major, but the first 15 players were separated by just three hits.
Woodland is among those who play Friday morning.
That group includes Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth. Johnson did two bogeys late for a 67. Spieth needs to win the PGA to complete a career Grand Slam.
The first step for Spieth is to get to the weekend. He opened with 71. It is the third main straight that failed to overcome the parity in the first round.
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