Golf: Iwata matches major record with second-round 63

 Iwata watches his tee shot on the first hole during the second round.
Iwata watches his tee shot on the first hole during the second round.AFP

KOHLER, United States (AFP) - Japan's Hiroshi Iwata matched a major championship record on Friday with a nine-under par 63 in the second round of the 97th PGA Championship.

Iwata's round at Whistling Straits marked the 27th time a player has shot 63 in a major, with two players - Greg Norman and Vijay Singh - doing it twice.

The most recent prior 63 at a major championship was Jason Dufner en route to the PGA Championship title in 2013 - the 13th time the score was achieved in the PGA Championship.

Iwata had eight birdies and an eagle with one bogey in his 63, which gave him a four-under total of 140 for 36 holes.