Haotong Li might not hold onto the lead at the PGA Championship, but the 23-year-old has already made history.
Li's 5-under-par 65 has him alone atop the leaderboard after 36 holes in the first major of the 2020 season, making him the first Chinese golfer to ever lead a major championship at the end of a round.
McIlroy goes into the weekend seven shots off leader Haotong Li.
He did, but there are eight shots and more than three dozen players separating himself and Li.
That group also includes the 2015 champion Jason Day, the 2013 US Open champion Justin Rose and last year's Open Championship runner-up Tommy Fleetwood.
"I would have felt pretty wrong if I had of taken a lie that was maybe a little better than what it was previously".
The longer putter Woods credited for his success Thursday may be headed to the trunk of his rental auto for the weekend after the total length of the putts he made dropped precipitously from 115 feet to just 48 in round two.
Koepka wasn't pleased with his performance on the greens, either. But his biggest worry might be a tightening left hip that forced him to wince noticeably after several tee shots. On at least three occasions during his round, Kopeka lay down on the grass and called over a trainer to loosen up the muscles on his left side.
"I think it really helps me going into [Friday]".
Li is sponsored by the social media app WeChat, which was banned - along with TikTok -- Thursday by President Trump over security concerns.
"I don't know", Li said, when asked for his thoughts on that development.
"With the wind, an average shot actually becomes a good one".
Woods, who got under par on Day 1 of the PGA Championship by swapping his usual putter for one that was a little longer, ended up in a battle simply to make the cut in the second round. Cook entered Friday's round 1-over and tied for 73rd. "I'm like, that's not normal", he told reporters after the round, according to GOLF Channel.
"Yesterday I had a decent score going and had a bad couple of holes on 12 and 13 which halted progress", Fleetwood said. Day recalled seeing Li practicing when he teed off, then incredulously watched a video of Li back at on the range after Day had finished. "He must not have a wife and kids".