Round 2 of the 2022 PGA Championship is officially underway, and the drama — much like the temperature at Southern Hills — is beginning to heat up as some of the sport’s brightest and best battle it out at the top of the leaderboard. Justin Thomas was at the front of the movers and shakers Friday in Round 2 as he posted a 3-under 67 — tied for the lowest to par in the morning wave — to grab the clubhouse lead from 18-hole leader Rory McIlroy. Thomas played his final 13 holes bogey-free at 2 under as part of his move that now has him at 6 under and solo leader.
McIlroy’s length and precision Thursday may have him primed to reassert himself at the top Friday afternoon, though. Wind is expected to settle down a bit in the area, and though temperatures will be nearly 90 F, the conditions may again favor the two-time former champion who attacked the course relentlessly in Round 1. His approach — and the approach of partners Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth, both of whom could be in jeopardy to miss the cut if they struggle again Friday — are among the biggest remaining storylines as we look to finish off Round 2.
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