(ANSA) – ROME, MAY 21 – In the USA, proof of character and pride for Tiger Woods who, as already happened at The Masters, passes the cut and enters the final phase of the PGA Championship, the second male Major of 2022. In Tulsa, in Oklahoma, in the middle of the race the Californian climbed from 99 / a to 53 / a position (gaining 46) thanks to a partial finished in 69 (-1), out of a total of 143 (74 69, +3) strokes.
On the Southern Hills CC course (par 70), where 15 years ago it won the show for the fourth and last time, despite the strong wind that characterized the second round, The Big Cat (which for the 18 / a time in 22 attempts has removed the pass to play the last two laps of the competition) has made four birdies, with a bogey and a double bogey. “I am satisfied, albeit too far from the top positions”, commented the Californian who is 12 shots away from the top, with 131 (66 65, -9), from another American: Will Zalatoris.
Step back for Francesco Molinari. Twenty-seventh after the first 18 holes, the Turin player is now 41 / o with 142 (70 72, +2). Only one birdie and three bogeys for him.
Surprise in the United States where Scottie Scheffler came out with a score of 146 (+6). He is the third player, after Severiano Ballesteros in 1986 and Dustin Johnson in 2021, to be eliminated – from world number 1 – at the PGA Championship. Jordan Spieth, who in Tulsa is 30 / o with 141 (+1) and dreams of completing the Grand Slam, thus remains the last golfer to have won two consecutive majors (The Masters and Us Open) in 2015. Second in Augusta. last year (and sixth in 2022), Zalatoris – 25-year-old from San Francisco and best rookie on the PGA Tour in 2020-2021 – flew to the top in Oklahoma. And with two laps to go, he has just one shot ahead of Chilean Mito Pereira, second with 132 (-8). While in third position with 134 (-6) there is Justin Thomas who precedes Bubba Watson in the ranking, from 56 / to 4 / o with 135 (-5) after having signed the best set of the day with a 63 (-7) , the fruit of nine birdies and two bogeys.
Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy lost the lead, fifth in the middle of the race with 136 (-4). While the Spaniard Jon Rahm, world n.2, joins Francesco Molinari in 41st place. (HANDLE).