Furyk, Day cash in on favorable route at Valhalla

Fri Aug 8, 2014 9:58pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) - Veteran American Jim Furyk and Australian young gun Jason Day took advantage of the favorable half of the draw at the PGA Championship on Friday to sign off with consecutive birdies to share second place.

Furyk carded a three-under 68 in wet conditions at Valhalla Golf Club while Day fired a sizzling 65, the best score of the second round, as they posted matching totals of eight-under 134 to trail leader Rory McIlroy by one stroke.

"Obviously we had a good draw, being in the afternoon," 2003 U.S. Open champion Furyk told reporters after sinking a 12-footer to birdie the 17th before getting up and down from the left side of the green for another at the par-five 18th.

"The guys in the morning had much tougher conditions. We had maybe 15 to 20 minutes of rain and wind in our face. That was when I played No. 10. The hole played long.

"I laid it up in the rough and hit a bad iron shot, wasn't able to get it up and down."

On a Valhalla layout playing ultra long due to the wet conditions, the 44-year-old bogeyed the par-five 10th, and also the 12th, but then played steadily over the closing stretch before finishing birdie-birdie.

"That back nine after 13 doesn't let up too much," said Furyk, a winner of 16 titles on the PGA Tour. "14, 15, 16, 17 are some pretty long tough holes, and I was able to grind it out, played pretty patient.

"It always makes dinner taste a little better," he said of his birdie-birdie finish. "You go away with good spirits. I'm just happy with two solid rounds, being able to shoot 66 yesterday and then 68.   Continued...

Aug 8, 2014; Louisville, KY, USA; PGA golfer Jim Furyk walks up to the 18th green during the second round of the 2014 PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports - RTR41RM5