ST. LOUIS — Gary Woodland continued his hot start at the PGA Championship, shooting a four-under 66 on Friday at Bellerive Country Club to take the clubhouse lead as the afternoon wave hit the course.
Woodland shot 64 on Thursday to grab a one-stroke lead over Rickie Fowler, and he didn’t let up in the second round.
Woodland, who started on the back nine on Friday, eagled the par-5 17th — Bellerive allowed no eagles on Thursday — to make the turn in two under. He finished his second nine with three birdies and a bogey to get in at 10 under, one shot ahead of Kevin Kisner, who shot 64 on Friday morning.
Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson also made some moves in the early wave. Koepka, the reigning U.S. Open champ, fired a seven-under 63 to vault to third place (eight under), and Johnson shot 66 and is three back at seven under. Koepka’s 63 tied the lowest score in PGA Championship history. His 22-foot putt for birdie and a 62 on the 9th, his final hole, caught a piece of the lip but stayed out.
“Played really well,” Koepka said. “Today I drove it beautifully, my wedges distance control is very spot on, and making the putts, making those five-, six-footers that you need to make.”
Shortly after Koepka tapped for 63, Charl Schwartzel knocked in a 6-footer for par on 18 to match him. The 2011 Masters champion moved to seven under for the event, three shots behind Woodland.