Young guns Zalatoris, Pereira to the fore at Southern Hills

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Will Zalatoris leads by a shot after tying the third-best opening 36-hole score in PGA Championship history. Photo: morningread.com

Will Zalatoris (1st/-9) leads after tying the third-best opening 36-hole score in PGA Championship history. He holds the second 36-hole lead/co-lead of his PGA TOUR career; 0-for-1 to date converting to victory.

In the seven Major championships hosted at Southern Hills, all winners held at least a share of the 36-hole lead.

 

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Scottie Scheffler became just the third World No. 1 to miss the cut at the PGA Championship.

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First-round leader Rory McIlroy trails by five shots following a 1-over 71>

Korea’s K.H. Lee, who successfully defended his AT&T Byron Nelson title last week, carded a 73 to make his first cut in what is his sixth Major appearance. He made three birdies against six bogeys and enters the weekend in T41, 11 shots behind the leader. Anirban Lahiri missed cut after shooting a two-day six-over 146 (73, 73).

Zalatoris leads by one over Mito Pereira following a bogey-free 65. He ties the third-best opening 36-hole score (131) in PGA Championship history (128/Brooks Koepka/2019, 130/Gary Woodland/2018).

He is seeking fifth top-10 finish in last seven Major championship starts. Finished T8 in debut appearance at the 2021 PGA Championship.

Seeks first victory in 48th PGA TOUR start (best finishes: T2/2021 Masters, P2/2022 Farmers Insurance Open).

Pereira (2nd/-8) equalled his career-low round on the PGA TOUR with a 64, one week after initially setting the mark in the first round of the AT&T Byron Nelson (finished T17).

2017 PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas (3rd/-6) equalled his best opening 36-hole score in a Major championship at 6-under 134. Marked the third time in 26 Major championship starts to open with two rounds in the 60s (2018 PGA Championship/T6, 2020 Masters/4th).

 

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Bubba Watson (4th/-5) equals the PGA Championship scoring record with a 7-under 63, becoming the 17th player (18th instance) to perform the feat; records the third 63 at Southern Hills (Raymond Floyd/1982, Tiger Woods/2007); round included nine birdies, the most in a round in his major championship career (182 rounds).

First-round leader Rory McIlroy (T5/-4) trails by five shots following a 1-over 71; 2012 and 2014 PGA Championship winner makes cut for the 13th time in 14 starts at the event (2016).

Shane Lowry (T41/+2) extended the longest active streak of cuts made in Major championships to 12, dating to a T8 at the 2019 PGA Championship.

 

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Making his 89th Major championship appearance, Tiger Woods (T53/+3) rallied from a double-bogey on the par-3 11th with birdies on Nos. 13 and 16 to post a 1-under 69. The four-time PGA Championship winner makes the cut for the 18th time in 22 starts at the event.