Day 2 at the PGA Championship at Oak Hill didn't belong to the big names as you would expect. It was PGA Pro Michael Block making the headlines.
Scottie Scheffler, Viktor Hovland and Corey Conners are taking a two-shot lead into the weekend at the PGA Championship at Oak Hill. After shooting 67 and 68 in the first two rounds, they sit at five-under-par.
American Justin Suh is at three-under-par with LIV Golf’s Bryson DeChambeau, not able to build on his opening round 66, scoring 71 on Friday.
Fellow LIV Golfer and four-time Major Champion Brooks Koepka is one shot further back at -2 alongside England’s Callum Tarren.
Only nine players are currently under par with Justin Rose and Taylor Pendrith tied in eighth.
Michael Block steals the headlines
The big news story of the day belonged to 46-year-old PGA Professional Michael Block who even-par heading into the weekend. The only club pro to make the cut. He talked about his mindset this week:
“I'm extremely comfortable. To be honest, a couple of my friends in Orange County are Beau Hossler and Patrick Cantlay. I've played a lot of golf with them now where they've become my friends. I understand where they're ranked in the world. I understand how my game doesn't quite get up to them, but I'm pretty darn close, and I can compete with them.
“A lot of times I come out to these events, when I was in the Farmers, I beat both pros that I was with at the Farmers this year. I shot 73 on the South Course in a lot of wind on Friday this year at the Farmers. I shot 65 at the American Express. My first round I was in 7th or 8th place after the first round of the American Express this year.
“Then I look back to that, I shot 73 the second round at Southern Hills in the wind as well last year at the PGA Championship.
“I've been gaining that confidence from those finishes in those rounds where I'm like, why not? Why not come here and compete? Why not here at Oak Hill, make the cut? I'm not afraid of them anymore, to be honest.”
And to use mere mortals, churning out rounds at our local clubs, Block has a message for us:
“I'm one of them. 100 percent, I'm just your local club pro. That's what I do. I don't hit balls. People think I've got the best job in the world. I do have a great job. I have a very supportive club that lets me go play, but the amount of times I hit a bucket of balls is not even once a week.”
Amazing to see Block tied in tenth and relishing his Major weekend. We’re sure he’ll be a popular player to watch on Saturday.
Can Rahm contend this weekend?
Jon Rahm has had a couple of difficult days but managed to make the cut after a second round 68 and is currently four-over-par.
Defending champion Justin Thomas had a final-hole bogey to sit at five-over-par, whilst Jordan Spieth also squeezed in to make the cut.
Big names missing the weekend include current U.S. Open Champion Matt Fitzpatrick (+6), Rickie Fowler (+6), last week’s winner Jason Day (+8) and Cameron Young (+9).
View the full PGA Championship leaderboard here.