Golf: Walker passes Grillo to reclaim PGA lead

Jimmy Walker of the United States plays his shot from the sixth tee during the second round.
Jimmy Walker of the United States plays his shot from the sixth tee during the second round.PHOTO: AFP
Spieth shelters under an umbrella on the 10th hole during the second round.
Spieth shelters under an umbrella on the 10th hole during the second round.PHOTO: AFP

SPRINGFIELD, United States (AFP) – American Jimmy Walker birdied the par-3 12th and par-4 13th holes Friday (July 29) to seize a one-stroke lead over Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo in the second round of the PGA Championship at rain-softened Baltusrol.

Walker, who fired a five-under 65 Thursday to lead after 18 holes, birdied the fifth and eighth holes and has yet to make a bogey to stand on nine-under with five holes remaining.

Grillo, who began on the back nine, birdied the 12th as well to spark a run of three birdies in four holes and birdied the par-5 18th as well to reach eight-under. With five holes to play, he also has not made a bogey in the second round.

Rory McIlroy birdied the fourth and sixth holes after going birdie-less in an opening 74 but a bogey at the ninth left the world number four three-over and beyond the cut line.

Phil Mickelson opened with a triple-bogey disaster but two front-nine birdies had the British Open runner-up on two-over and flirting with the cut as well.

World number one and defending champion Jason Day of Australia was at one-under on the day and three-under for the tournament after 10 holes. After a double bogey at seven, Day birdied three holes in a row.