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PGA Championship LIVE – All the day two action from Valhalla

It’s round two of the year’s second major. Follow our blog as the day unfolds in Kentucky

 

Welcome once again to our live coverage of this year’s PGA Championship.

What a first day we had. Xander Schauffele tying record, Rory McIlroy keeping himself well in the frame, and Scottie Scheffler dunking eagles at the opening hole.

Here we are to do it all again. Join me for the next 13 hours or so, as I interpret what’s happening on the screen in front of me and take you through all the main action.

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Tweet me on X (@stevecarroll77, if you can’t click the link). Email me at [email protected]. Hit me up – I hope that’s the expression – and give me both barrels as the action unfolds.

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Schauffele signs for a second round 68

By Steve Carroll

He should be relatively satisfied with that. 68 follows 62 and, save for some heroics from Sahith Theegala down the stretch, he’ll hold the lead at the halfway stage.

But he hasn’t pulled away from the rest and that will give the likes of Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, and those within half a dozen of the lead plenty of hope going into moving day.

We could be in for quite a weekend.


Who’s on their way home? The big names set to miss the cut

By Steve Carroll

Which players are going to be sitting on their armchairs this weekend? Who will be looking to get the first flight out of Kentucky? As always, there’s a raft of big names going to miss the cut. Let’s take a look at those going home…

Tiger Woods

Phil Mickelson

Wyndham Clark

Adam Scott

Francesco Molinari

tommy fleetwood players championship

Who has currently got some work to do? With the cut mark projected at +1, these players need a fast finish or, if they’re finished, need to cross their fingers and hope it moves.

Tommy Fleetwood +2

Ludvig Aberg +1

Dustin Johnson E

Sepp Straka E

Matt Fitzpatrick E

Jon Rahm E

Incidentally, a stat on the TV shows that this might be the lowest cut ever in PGA Championship history!


McIlroy gets that familiar feeling

By Steve Carroll

Not for the first time at a major, it just hasn’t happened for Rory McIlroy. That’s been a familiar feeling over the last decade. After yesterday’s promising 66 – recorded despite an inconsistent driver – he’s not been able to kick on during round two.

And a double at the 12th has dropped him to four-under. That’s eight adrift of Xander Schauffele. The Northern Irishman isn’t completely out of it. But, now tied for 27th, he needs get going over the last four holes. Or go very low on moving day.


Leaderboard latest

By Steve Carroll

I’m back after a little break so let’s take another look at what’s going at the head of affairs. Xander Schauffele’s bogey at the par 3 11th, when it looked like he was about to stretch away at the PGA Championship, has just slightly blunted his momentum but he remains three under for the day and -12 for the tournament.

That’s one shot ahead of Collin Morikawa, who backed up his opening 66 with a fabulous 65 to get into the clubhouse at -11.

We’ve featured Scottie Scheffler heavily today, and you read about the events, and his round of 66 in this blog and elsewhere on this website. He’s tied at -9 with Mark Hubbard, who was flying until a par of bogeys late in his round, and Thomas Detry and Sahith Theegala.

Rory McIlroy is one under for the day, -6 for the championship, and needs a decent back 9 to set himself up for the weekend. Also creeping into the frame is Brooks Koepka (what a record he has in this event) at -7 and Bryson DeChambeau, who is three under through 7 and -6 for the tournament.

There’s a lot of golf still to be played in this second round and someone is going to go on a charge.


Schauffele back on top

By Steve Carroll

You have to like the way Xander Schauffele has gone about his business on this front 9. Methodical, efficient, and almost faultless.

He’s three under through the turn, with no bogeys, a birdie at the 9th has just vaulted him back to the top of the leaderboard. He’s one clear of Collin Morikawa at -12.


A ray of hope for Tiger?

By Steve Carroll

It’s been a difficult day for the four-time PGA Champion. But following those two trebles at the 2nd and 4th, he’s put together back-to-back birdies on the 7th and 8th.

The latter was an arrow at the par 3. Another roll and it would have been a hole-in-one. That brings him back to six over. Still miles off the cut line, which is currently at one-under, but something to build on for the back 9 and for next month Open at Royal Troon.


Steady as you go for the main contenders

By Steve Carroll

Back to the golf course. Xander Schauffele has a single birdie, at the 3rd, and trails Collin Morikawa by one.

Tony Finau got off to a fast start – picking up shots on the first two holes before parring the 3rd. Rory McIlroy, following that birdie at the 1st, has followed up with four straight pars.

But Tiger Woods is having a difficult round. He trebled the 2nd and the 4th. He’s seven over par through six and eight over for the tournament. He won’t be making the weekend.


‘I feel like my head’s still spinning’

By Steve Carroll

Scottie Scheffler has been speaking to the media following this morning’s arrest and his second round 66.

“First of all my sympathies go out to the family of Mr Mills. I can’t imagine what they’re going through this morning.

“One day, he’s heading to the golf course to watch a tournament and a few moments later he’s trying to cross the street and now he’s no longer with us. So I can’t can’t imagine what they’re going through. I feel for them.

“My situation will get handled. It was a chaotic situation and a big misunderstanding, and I can’t comment on any of the specifics of it.”

He added: “I feel like my head’s still spinning. I can’t really explain what happened this morning. I did spend some time stretching in a jail cell. That was a first for me. It was part of my warmup.

“I was just sitting there waiting and then I started going through my warmup. I felt like there was a chance I’m able to still come out here and play and so I started going through my routine.

“I tried to get my heart rate down as much as I could today. But like I said, I still feel like my head spinning a little bit. But I was fortunate to be able to make it back out and play some golf today.”

Scheffler continued: “I was shaking. I would say in shock and in fear. Coming out here and trying to play today was definitely a challenge, but I did my best to control my mind, control my breathing.

“Basically just calm down so I could come out here and try and play golf. I knew there was going to be a lot of distractions, but I didn’t really know what the reception would be like.

“To be honest with you, it was great having the fans behind me. They cheered for me really loud. I felt like they were really glad to have me out competing today, and it was a nice day to come out here and compete.”

Golf Digest have posted the entire press conference on their X feed and you can watch it below…


Scottie Scheffler shoots second round 66

By Steve Carroll

This has been quite the round. I’m not going to comment on what’s happened today off the course to Scottie Scheffler. There are legal processes to be negotiated.

We also must remember that, alongside this, a man has lost his life at Valhalla today and our thoughts must be with his family and friends.

But to get arrested, detained, face charges and then come out and play golf like that was nothing short of remarkable.

I don’t care how tough you are, you must be affected by that kind of experience. Somehow, though, he’s shot a second round 66 and he’s right there at the halfway stage of the PGA Championship. I’m sure others wouldn’t have competed at all in those circumstances.

He posted five-under par. You almost need to read that again. It was a little ragged in parts. There were a number of arms off the club as shots didn’t go where he planned. That might have been expected following a truncated warm up.

Six birdies and just one bogey – at the 11th – is a measure of how strong a character he is, and the mental fortitude he shows, when out in the fairways and greens.

He admitted in his press conference that his body was shaking “in shock and in fear”. He was confused about what might happen, whether he would even get to the golf course. He didn’t know what the reception would be when he got there.

He could see himself from the holding cell on ESPN.

Somehow, though, he was able to compartmentalise what had happened, focus on what was at hand when his round got under way and deliver under pressure.


What a start for McIlroy!

By Steve Carroll

Well, that’s what you call coming out of the traps. It’s not a great approach to the 1st from Rory McIlroy, but he’s holed an absolute bomb for birdie. He moves to six under.

And now Schauffle’s done the same! It’s a 50-footer on the 3rd as he goes to -10. The rain has stopped and the birdies are flying in all over the course.

Except for Tiger Woods, whose just hit the sort of bunker shot I replicate on a daily basis. He thins it out of one trap and into the other. He’s going to do well to keep a big number off the card.

Collin Morikawa, meanwhile, might have bogeyed the last but that run of five successive birdies in the middle of his back 9 was sensational. He’s been talking to Sky Sports.


You’ve got to pick one…

By Steve Carroll

I know I should say The Open but, and I’m sorry, it’s the Masters for me. Which one are you taking?


Five in a row for Morikawa!

By Steve Carroll

This is a statement from young Collin (he’s young to me anyway). It’s a fifth birdie on the spin for Morikawa. He’s showing what can be done as the big guns go out this afternoon. Can Shauffele, who has just teed off the 1st, and Rory do the same?

Morikawa leads Mark Hubbard by two and Xander by three.


How will Schaufelle get on today?

By Steve Carroll

It’s one of pro golf’s big cliches that it’s hard to back up a really low round with another. We’ll begin to find out in the next few minutes as Xander Schauffele gets ready to tee off.

But it may help him that he’s got nothing to defend. Collin Morikawa has been brilliant on Valhalla’s supposedly more difficult front nine today. He’s birdied four in a row, the latest at the 7th, as he goes to -11.

Xander had a three shot lead overnight. Now he trails by two. Forgive the typo in this – I’m typing at a million miles an hour today. But…


We have a new leader!

By Steve Carroll

Collin Morikawa overtakes Xander Schaufelle at the top of the PGA Championship leaderboard. His birdie at the par 3 6th – his third in a row – takes him into double figures at -10.

It’s a beauty too – from the front of the green, and at least 30 feet, but it always looks on line as it curls into the cup.

Mark Hubbard, meanwhile, has dropped his first shot of the day at the 2nd. He falls back to -8 with Scheffler.


Statement from Louisville major and PGA of America

By Steve Carroll

Today started with a tragedy as a man – a worker with a vendor at the championship – lost his life in a collision with a shuttle bus.

We’ve had a statement from the Louisville major Craig Greenberg. It says: “This morning, our city experienced a tragic accident that took the life of John Mills, a Louisvillian who will be greatly missed by his family and our community.

“Our focus is on this family who lost their loved one. I have spoken with members of Mr Mills’ family to convey our city’s condolences.

“Following this tragedy, LMPD stopped traffic to assist with its investigation into the fatal incident. It is unfortunate that an incident took place between an LMPD officer and Mr Scheffler while he was attempting to enter Valhalla.

“LMPD is fully investigating this incident and the legal process will proceed. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation.

“We remain focused on the tragic loss of life and will share more information on both of these matters as available.”

The PGA of America also issued a further statement, saying: “Our primary concern today remains with the family of John Mills, who lost his life in a tragic accident early this morning while reporting to work.

“As it relates to the incident involving Scottie Scheffler, we are fully cooperating as local authorities review what took place. While the legal process plays out, questions should to be directed to Scheffler’s attorney or local authorities.”


We’ve got a tie at the top!

By Steve Carroll

Xander Schauffele finally has company. Mark Hubbard joins him after a birdie at the par 5 18th and the two are locked together at -9.

How long will it last, though? Hubbard hits his approach on the 1st into a greenside trap. Who knows how the sand is lying with all this Valhalla rain?

Now look. There’s another at -9. Collin Morikawa has been moving throughout today with real purpose. And he was tied 3rd at the Masters. He’s looking really good at the moment.

Scheffler, meanwhile, leaves his bunker shot a bit short on the par-3 3rd. It’s around 10 feet left but his putt just catches the edge of the hole and drops. That’s clutch. He remains at -7.


Leaderboard latest

By Steve Carroll

The afternoon wave get going in about an hour with our first round leader – the record-tying Xander Schauffele – teeing off at 7.38pm.

Will anyone have matched his opening 62? Mark Hubbard’s doing his best to get to -9. He’s two under for the day, and -8 for the tournament, through eight holes of his second stanza.

Collin Morikawa is also pressing. But he has been joined at -7 by Austin Eckroat, Thomas Detry and Tom Kim.

With the rain still falling and conditions not forecast to get any better, Brian Harman is currently posting the low round of the day. He’s four under through the back 9 (he started on 10) as he’s done what you have to do at Valhalla and especially in these conditions – hit fairways and greens.

As I type this, Scheffler all but stiffs yet another approach today. He should pick up a birdie at the 2nd. This is really impressive stuff from the World No. 1.

Leaderboard: Schauffele -9; Hubbard -8; Morikawa, Kim, Detry, Eckroat, Kim – 7; Scheffler, Noren, English, Finau, Theegala -6.


Another birdie for Scottie

By Steve Carroll

But we just can’t keep him out of this blog. Scottie Scheffler finds the rough off the tee at the par 5 18th and comes up short with an adventurous wood.

But, not for the first time today, his wedge – gouged out of the heavy stuff – is absolutely marvellous. He sinks the shortish birdie putt and completes his first 9 in two under. He’s six under for the tournament.

Mark Hubbard pars the 16th and remains one back of Xander Schauffele at -8. What’s interesting, though, is how much harder the front nine seems to be playing compared to the back.

TV had a stat up a little earlier saying the players were +53 for the front nine and just +14 for the back in round 2. So hang on the front (or back if you’re going from 10) and make the most of the ‘easier’ holes on the reverse!


Recapping today’s extraordinary events

By Steve Carroll

scottie scheffler statement

Yes, there’s a golf tournament going on and we’ll do our best to focus on it through the evening. But it’s been a dramatic start to the PGA Championship second round and let’s have a quick re-cap of events.

World No.1 Scottie Scheffler was arrested, detained, and booked following an incident on his way to Valhalla in the early hours of this morning.

Here’s Matt Chivers’ account: Scottie Scheffler handcuffed and detained by police in Valhalla

We were soon seeing some dramatic footage of what happened circulating on social media: The Scottie Scheffler arrest video must be seen to be believed

Scheffler was booked and had his mugshot taken by Louisville Metropolitan Department of Corrections. Matt Coles has that story: The Scottie Scheffler mugshot seen around the world

And, after being released and arriving at Valhalla to play his second round, Scheffler released a statement through his instagram account. Here’s what it said: Scottie Scheffler statement – What the World No. 1 said following his arrest.


Who’s leading the charge to catch Schauffele?

By Steve Carroll

We won’t see Xander Schauffele for another three hours yet but there are already moves to cut his lead at the top of the pile.

Mark Hubbard finished late yesterday but his 65 yesterday was massively eye-catching and he’s off and running with an early birdie already. He’s now at -7.

Collin Morikawa is -1 through 5 and -6 overall and Thomas Detry is also in the red figures and on the same score as the American.

It looks like there are still birdies to be had, despite the rain, but will we get the round finished today?

Leaderboard: Schauffele -9; Hubbard -7; Morikawa, Detry, Kim, Finau, Theegala -6; Scheffler, Noren, English, MacIntyre, McIlroy -5.


Birdie for Scheffler at 12!

By Steve Carroll

At the risk of this blog starting to resemble a Scottie Scheffler tracker account, that’s some birdie by the World No. 1 at 12. He drops a putt from distance as he starts his round birdie, bogey, birdie.

I wonder if he’d just fancy a few settling pars. But, anyway, it’s a rollercoaster on and off the course today as the Masters champ returns to five-under par.


Hole-in-one for Soderberg

By Steve Carroll

What a shot from Sebastian Soderberg! The Swede has just aced the 8th from 169 yards for the first hole-in-one of this year’s PGA Championship.

Scottie Scheffler, meanwhile, has bogeyed the 2nd and drops back to level par for the day.


Scheffler gets 2nd round under way – with a birdie!

By Steve Carroll

Scottie Scheffler is introduced to huge cheers and applause from the as he stands on the 10th tee at Valhalla.

His tee shots flails a little right, missing the trap, but finds the rough on the par 5. Scheffler lays up to wedge distance and then hits an absolute dart to a couple of feet.

It’s a phenomenal shot given the circumstances – not quite the dunk of yesterday’s opening hole but it’s not far away! The birdie putt is a formality and the World No. 1 moves to -5.

The crowd are chanting ‘Scottie’ as he walks to the 11th tee.


Scottie Scheffler issues statement following arrest

By Steve Carroll

We’ve now got a statement from Scottie Scheffler, released via his instagram account.


It’s a relaxed Scheffler on the practice range

By Steve Carroll

Given what’s happened this morning, Scottie Scheffler looks pretty calm as he goes through his routine on the range.

Rickie Fowler was among the players greeting him as he got there – asking him if he was all good – and there have been smiles with his team as he works through the bag.

It’s probably a truncated session, and it might be quite different when he’s hitting shots for real, but he does not look tentative.


PGA of America statement

By Steve Carroll

The PGA of America have released a statement following this morning’s fatal accident.

It reads: “This morning we were devastated to learn that a worker with one of our vendors was tragically struck and killed by a shuttle bus outside Valhalla Golf Club.

“This is heartbreaking to all of us involved with the PGA Championship. We extend our sincere condolences to their family and loved ones.”


Scheffler arrives – and what’s happened today?

By Steve Carroll

Scottie Scheffler has arrived at Valhalla. All the signs are he’s going to play his second round.

Let’s recap what’s been a tragic morning at Valhalla. Just after 5am Kentucky time, there was an accident involving a pedestrian close to the gates of the golf course.

Louisville Metro Police said an adult male was “struck by a shuttle bus” and received fatal injuries. He was “pronounced dead at the scene”.

The start of the second round of the PGA Championship was delayed – with tee times pushed back an hour and 20 minutes.

Around 6am, Scottie Scheffler, travelling to the golf course, was arrested and detained by Louisville Police as he attempted to enter.

ESPN+ reported that at 7.28am, he was booked by Louisville Metropolitan Department of Corrections and was released at 8.40am.

He is facing charges of 2nd degree assault of a police officer, 3rd degree criminal mischief, reckless driving, and disregarding traffic signals from an officer directing traffic.


Scheffler charges released – World No. 1 reported on way to Valhalla

By Steve Carroll

The list of charges faced by Scottie Scheffler, following his arrest and booking by police this morning, has been released.

He is looking at a count of 2nd degree assault of a police officer, 3rd degree criminal mischief, reckless driving, and disregarding traffic signals from an officer directing traffic.

Outlets in America are reporting Scheffler is on his way to Valhalla. If he decides to play his second round of the PGA Championship, he’s due to tee off at 3.08pm UK time.


Will Scottie Scheffler make his Round 2 tee time?

By Steve Carroll

Sky Sports Golf’s Nick Dougherty has reported that Scottie Scheffler has been released after being arrested, detained, and then booked by Louisville Police.

We’re yet to learn whether he will play the second round of the PGA Championship. With the delay following the tragic accident this morning, at the gates of Valhalla, that resulted in a fatality, the World No. 1 is due to tee off at 3.08pm UK time.

But it’s an incredible image that has been released by the Louisville Metropolitan Department of Corrections today…

My colleague Matt Chivers is keeping you up to date with this moving story and you read the latest right here.


Start time for Round 2 confirmed

By Steve Carroll

Here’s the latest from the PGA Championship.

“Play of Round 2 will begin at 8:35 AM (That’s 1.35pm UK time). All Round 2 Starting Times are delayed 1 hour and 20 minutes from the originally published time.”

And here are all the revised tee times, courtesy of my colleague Matt Coles.

Some of the key groups include (all UK time):

2.46pm: Collin Morikawa, Phil Mickelson, Matt Fitzpatrick

2.57pm: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm, Cameron Young

3.08pm: Wyndham Clark, Brian Harman, Scottie Scheffler

7.38pm: Ludvig Aberg, Xander Schauffele, Justin Thomas

7.49pm: Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, Keegan Bradley

8pm: Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose

8.22pm: Brooks Koepka, Max Homa, Jordan Spieth

8.33pm: Tony Finau, Tyrrell Hatton, Sahith Theegala

8.44pm: Akshay Bhatia, Bryson DeChambeau, Tommy Fleetwood

The second round was delayed following a fatal accident earlier this morning close to Valhalla.


World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler ‘detained by police’

By Steve Carroll

Incredible news coming from Valhalla regarding the World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler. He was reportedly arrested and detained by police when trying to get into the course.

Read my colleague Matt Chivers’ report here.

ESPN’s Jeff Darlington, who first reported Scheffler’s arrest, has uploaded some pretty dramatic footage of what he saw to X.

Scheffler, who shot a four-under 67 in his opening round yesterday, is due to tee off at 3.08pm UK time after round two was delayed following a serious accident near Valhalla in the early hours of this morning.


Accident near Valhalla is ‘fatal’, report police

By Steve Carroll

Sky Sports are reporting a statement from the Louisville Metro Police Department confirming the accident near Valhalla and that there has been a fatality.

The statement reads: “About 5:00 ET this morning, the LMPD responded to a call of a vehicle collision involving a pedestrian and a bus.

“Our preliminary investigation found that an adult male pedestrian was crossing Shelbyville Road south to north when he was struck by a shuttle bus that was traveling eastbound in the compulsory center lane dedicated for buses.

“As a result, the pedestrian received fatal injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene. The LMPD Traffic Unit is investigating.”


Round 2 delayed

By Steve Carroll

Some distressing news. The PGA Championship’s X feed reports there has been an accident close to the Valhalla course. The accident is said to be serious.

It means the second round is delayed. We’re told the next update will be at 7am Louisville time (noon UK time) and that the first starting time will be at least one hour after that update is made.

Steve Carroll

Steve Carroll

A journalist for 25 years, Steve has been immersed in club golf for almost as long. A former club captain, he has passed the Level 3 Rules of Golf exam with distinction having attended the R&A's prestigious Tournament Administrators and Referees Seminar.

Steve has officiated at a host of high-profile tournaments, including Open Regional Qualifying, PGA Fourball Championship, English Men's Senior Amateur, and the North of England Amateur Championship. In 2023, he made his international debut as part of the team that refereed England vs Switzerland U16 girls.

A part of NCG's Top 100s panel, Steve has a particular love of links golf and is frantically trying to restore his single-figure handicap. He currently floats at around 11.

Steve plays at Close House, in Newcastle, and York GC, where he is a member of the club's matches and competitions committee and referees the annual 36-hole scratch York Rose Bowl.

Having studied history at Newcastle University, he became a journalist having passed his NTCJ exams at Darlington College of Technology.

What's in Steve's bag: TaylorMade Stealth 2 driver, 3-wood, and hybrids; TaylorMade Stealth 2 irons; TaylorMade Hi-Toe, Ping ChipR, Sik Putter.

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