SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) – Robert Streb tied the major championship record with a 63 to move into a tie with Jimmy Walker for the lead in the second round of the PGA Championship.
Streb had eight birdies and a bogey to become the 28th player to shoot a 63 in a major. It was the 30th time it has been accomplished. Streb is making his second PGA Championship appearance having finished 10th last year at Whistling Straits.
Streb closed with three birdies in his last four holes to reach the majors’ magic number. He made a 20-footer for birdie on the par-3 9th, his final hole of the day.
He and Walker were at 9-under 131, tying the PGA Championship record for 36 holes. It was held by seven players, the last Jason Dufner when he went on to win in 2013.
Walker, despite two adventurous closing holes, shot a 4-under 66. The first-round leader, Walker played the closing par-5s unconventionally. He hit his drive on No. 17 onto a patio of one of the hospitality tents and was given a drop from where he was able to make par. On 18, he drove it into the water and just missed a 5-foot par putt to finish with his only bogey of the day.
Emiliano Grillo shot a 67 and defending champion Jason Day had a 65 to finish at 7 under. Day had a stretch with seven birdies in a 8-hole span. British Open champion Henrik Stenson was at 6 under after a second straight 67.
The cut came at 2 over par, leaving a couple of big names off this weekend.
Rory McIlroy bogeyed the par-5 18th to finish a 69 that left him one shot off the cut line of top 70 and ties.
U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson never recovered from an opening 77 and his second-round 72 put him at 9 over.