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US PGA Championship - Day two digest

US PGA Championship - Day two digest

Everything you need to know from day two of the second Major Championship of the season.

Valhalla Golf Club

Xander Schauffele stayed on top, Sebastian Söderberg was chasing the ace, Min Woo Lee was feeling chipper and it was a family affair all round in round two of the US PGA Championship.

Here is everything you need to know from Friday at Valhalla Golf Club.

Schauffele keeps his nose in front

Schauffeleremained on top of the leaderboard at the halfway stage but he had 2020 champion Collin Morikawa breathing down his neck. The American had started his week with a record-breaking 62 to lead by three but saw that advantage trimmed to one after 36 holes as a 68 moved him to 12 under. Morikawa made five birdies in a row coming home to sign for a 65 and be the nearest challenger, a shot clear of fellow American Sahith Theegala and two ahead of home trio Bryson DeChambeau, Mark Hubbard and Scottie Scheffler and Belgian Thomas Detry. "When you haven't won a golf tournament in a few years, you have to be pretty resilient," said Schauffele, whose last win came at the 2022 Genesis Scottish Open. "I'm just patient and trying to play the best golf I can and stay out of my own way. It's just 36 holes. It's a really good start to a tournament. I'm playing some really nice golf. That's kind of it."

Söderberg makes stunning ace

Söderberg continued his remarkable recent run by making his first DP World Tour hole-in-one on day two. The Swede earned his US PGA Championship debut by topping the Asian Swing Rankings with the help of finishing second, second and third in his last three starts. It looked like he would have a week to forget at Valhalla after bogeying six of his first eight holes but he recovered to post an opening 73 and followed it up with a 67 to sit at two under after 36 holes. He was two over stood on the tee at the 169-yard par three eighth but hit a perfect eight iron to get back to level and create a moment he will never forget. "I hit it perfect and it pitched like a foot right of it and jumped in," he said. "I blacked out for a second probably, I haven't made too many but it's a great feeling."

Lee keeps chipping away

Lee rediscovered his touch around the greens in spectacular fashion as he recorded three chip-ins en route to a second-round 66. The Australian started his week with a 72 but his remarkable hat-trick on Friday at the 12th, 16th and second helped him to four under and ensured he will be playing on the weekend. "A few chip-ins, which was nice," he said. "That definitely helped the scorecard. But a bit more solid than yesterday. Yesterday I just had a few missed iron shots and today it was trending in the right direction. The chip-ins were nice, obviously, and those were three birdies, so it was most of the score."

Family affair for Svensson

After missing out on a place in the field this week by just 16.9 points on the Asian Swing Rankings, you could have forgiven Svensson for feeling disappointed. So when he was handed an invite shortly after by the PGA of America, why not bring along his fiancée and his parents? "It's been great to have them here," he said. "It's a lot of fun when they come and spectate. We're all staying in a house this week so it's good to spend some time with my friends as well. For them to be able to be here is awesome." The Swede heads into the weekend at three under on his Major debut.

Oh brother

The Højgaard twins have already achieved many things in the game both together and apart and this week they have hit another milestone. Nicolai and Rasmus may have individually made cuts in Majors before but this is the first time they will both be playing the weekend at the same Major. Another proud day for the family.

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