Australian Jones moves two ahead at Whistling Straits

Sat Aug 15, 2015 10:18am EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

KOHLER, Wisconsin (Reuters) - Unheralded Australian Matt Jones birdied two of his last six holes to seize a two-shot lead when the storm-delayed second round of the PGA Championship was completed at Whistling Straits on Saturday.

Making only his eighth appearance in a major, Jones sank a 15-foot putt at the par-four sixth before draining a 50-footer at the eighth on the way to a bogey-free seven-under-par 65 on a glorious sun-splashed morning by the shores of Lake Michigan.

That left him at 11-under 133 and two ahead of his compatriot Jason Day, who briefly held the outright lead at 10 under before he bogeyed the tricky par-four 18th to card a 67.

"I played great," said journeyman Jones, a 35-year-old who won his first PGA Tour title at last year's Houston Open.

"I putted really well. My speed on the greens has been really good.

"It's amazing to be in the lead at a major. I've been in the lead on a Tour event, but a major's a different story. I'm going to have fun with it. I'm pretty relaxed on the golf course."

World number five Day, still seeking a first major title after several close calls, was pleased after recording seven birdies and two bogeys in the second round.

"I gave myself opportunities on the greens, didn't really hit it close on 17 and 18, but overall I feel pretty happy with the position I'm in going into round three," said Day.   Continued...

Aug 14, 2015; Sheboygan, WI, USA;  Matt Jones tees off on the 16th hole during the second round of the 2015 PGA Championship golf tournament at Whistling Straits. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports