Big finish lifts Streb to share PGA Championship lead

Fri Jul 29, 2016 9:40pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey (Reuters) - Unheralded Robert Streb fired a record-equaling 63 to share a two-shot lead with Jimmy Walker after the second round of the PGA Championship on Friday, with heavyweights Jason Day and Henrik Stenson lurking nearby.

Streb, who has one PGA Tour victory, rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt on his last hole, the ninth at Baltusrol, for the 30th round of 63 ever shot in a major championship.

He joined fellow American Walker (66) at nine-under 131.

"Most of the year has been a big struggle," said 29-year old Streb, who won the McGladrey Classic two years ago but has missed nine cuts this year including the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and The Players.

"Felt like I kind of found something with my golf swing the last two weeks. Starting hitting it kind of solid ... and obviously made a bunch of putts today."

Walker, winless this season after winning three tournaments in 2014 and two more last year, also emerged from nowhere, after finding his putting stroke, notwithstanding his sole bogey of the day on the par-five 18th.

Walker and Streb will seek to make a year of four first-time major winners, following England's Danny Willett at the Masters, U.S. Open winner Dustin Johnson and Stenson at the British Open.

"I'm sure I'll be excited, nervous," said Walker about starting the third round in the lead. "It's more like, man, this is going to be fun."   Continued...

Jul 29, 2016; Springfield, NJ, USA; Jimmy Walker hits his tee shot on the third hole during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol GC - Lower Course. Eric Sucar-USA TODAY Sports