SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) — Robert Streb became the latest player to shoot 63 in a major, and hardly anyone noticed in a PGA Championship with endless action across Baltusrol on Friday.
Streb was on the far end of the rain-soaked course when he holed a 20-foot birdie putt on his last hole, the par-3 ninth, to become the 28th player with a 63 in a major. It was the fourth 63 at Baltusrol, following Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf in the opening round of the 1980 U.S. Open and Thomas Bjorn in the third round at 2005 PGA.
It gave Streb a share of the lead with Jimmy Walker (66), and they tied the 36-hole record at the PGA Championship at 131.
Most of the crowd was at the par-5 closing holes at Baltusrol, and there was no shortage of entertainment.
Defending champion Jason Day went on a tear after taking a double bogey on No. 7 by making seven birdies over his next eight holes and having a chance at 63. He needed birdies on the final two holes, both pars, but instead drove left next to the hospitality tents, and then hit an iron into right rough off the tee at No. 18. He had to settle for two pars and a 65.
Even so, the world’s No. 1 player was in solid shape to try to join Tiger Woods as the only back-to-back PGA champions in the stroke-play era. Day was at 7-under 133 with Emiliano Grillo, who sent the tone for an afternoon of birdies on his way to a 67.
By the end of the day, it was easy to overlook a familiar figure — Henrik Stenson, the British Open champion who made eagle on the 18th at the turn and polished off another 67. He was only four shots behind in his bid to match Ben Hogan as the only players to win two straight majors at age 40.
Phil Mickelson made the cut, and that might have been the most entertaining of all.
He began his round with a tee shot so far left that it sailed off the property, bounced along Shunpike Road and caromed to the left down Baltusrol Way. Wherever it finished, it was out-of-bounds, and Mickelson had to scramble for a triple bogey. He spent the rest of the day battling to get back, and he delivered on the 18th with a birdie to post a 70.
WOMEN’S BRITISH OPEN
WOBURN, England (AP) — Mirim Lee followed her opening 10-under 62 with a 71 in the Women’s British Open, leaving her a stroke ahead entering the weekend at tree-lined Woburn Golf Club.
A day after matching the tournament record and falling a stroke short of the major championship mark, the 25-year-old South Korean player had three birdies and two bogeys to reach 11-under 133.
Lee had two front-nine birdies, bogeyed the par-4 13th, birdied the par-5 15th and bogeyed the par-3 17th on the Marquess Course, the hilly, forest layout that is a big change from the seaside links that dominate the tournament rotation.
Three weeks ago at the U.S. Women’s Open, Lee opened with a 64, then followed with rounds of 74, 76 and 73 to tie for 11th. The two-time LPGA Tour winner missed the cut in the ANA Inspiration to start the major year, and tied for fourth in the KPMG Women’s PGA.
Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn and China’s Shanshan Feng were tied for second. Jutanugarn had a 69, and Feng had a 68. Jutanugarn won three straight events in May.
South Korea’s Ha Na Jang (67) and 46-year-old Scot Catriona Matthew (65) were 9 under.
ELLIE MAE CLASSIC
HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) — Stephan Jaeger backed up his record 12-under 58 with a 65 on Friday, giving him a five-stroke lead halfway through the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic.
The 27-year-old German player matched the lowest score ever on a substantial tour Thursday with the 58. Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa also shot a 12-under 58 to win the 2010 Crowns on the Japan Tour. Jaeger broke the Web.com Tour record of 59, and set another tour record Friday with his 17-under 123 total at TPC Stonebrae.
On Friday, Jaeger bogeyed the first hole and birdied Nos. 8-10 and 15-17.
Jaeger is 102nd on the money list, with the top 25 at end of the season earning PGA Tour cards. The winner Sunday will get $108,000.
Former University of California star Brandon Hagy (63) and Rhein Gibson (66) were tied for second.