Kuchar Finishes PGA Championship Second Round With 2-Shot Lead

Matt Kuchar holds a one-stroke lead over Nick Watney as the second round of the PGA Championship was completed today after being suspended last night. Tiger Woods trails by five shots.

Kuchar, 32, birdied the 11th, 12th and 13th holes yesterday at Whistling Straits golf course in Kohler, Wisconsin, to get to 8-under par at the season’s final major tournament.

“I’m very pleased with the way I’m playing,” Kuchar said in a press conference after the round. “It’s been a great year. I had a strong week last week and continued on with a good start this week.”

Woods is tied for 21st place at 3-under after completing a 70 today. Jim Furyk and J.B. Holmes are tied for third place at 6-under after also finishing their rounds today. Holmes shot 66 and Furyk had a 68.

The third round will begin at 12:50 p.m. New York time with players teeing off in threesomes from the first and 10th holes.

“For this afternoon, there’s some pretty accessible pins,” Woods told reporters. “Pins that you can be pretty aggressive at. You’ll probably see some pretty good scores this afternoon.”

Kuchar, a two-time winner on the U.S. PGA Tour, has eight top-10 finishes this season, including a ninth place at last week’s Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio and a sixth at the U.S. Open in June.

Missed Cuts

Kuchar missed the 36-hole cut in his previous two PGA Championship appearances. A two-time winner in his 10 years on the U.S. PGA Tour, he’s better known for his career before professional golf. After winning the 1997 U.S. Amateur championship, Kuchar finished as low amateur at the 1998 Masters and U.S. Open tournaments.

Jason Dufner, Bryce Molder, Dustin Johnson, Seung Yul Noh, Rory McIlroy, Zach Johnson, Simon Khan, Bubba Watson, Ryan Palmer, Vijay Singh are all 5-under.

Woods, winless in eight starts this season, made six straight pars yesterday before play was halted. He bogeyed the seventh hole today and made birdies on the 10th, 14th and 17th.

The world’s No. 1 player according to the Official World Golf Ranking, Woods is seeking to rebound from his worst performance as a professional. He finished next-to-last at the U.S. PGA Tour’s Bridgestone Invitational last week at 18-over par, 30 strokes off the lead.

Woods’s last of his 14 major championship wins came at the 2008 U.S. Open.

To contact the reporters on this story: Michael Buteau in Kohler, Wisconsin at mbuteau@bloomberg.net; Mason Levinson in New York at +1- mlevinson@bloomberg.net.

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