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KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. — The morning belonged to Phil Mickelson, the afternoon to Louis Oosthuizen.
In between, several other fascinating storylines emerged on a compelling second-round Friday at the 103rd PGA Championship at Kiawah Island that has dished up a delicious weekend of golf ahead.
By the end of a wild day on Pete Dye’s diabolical Ocean Course, Mickelson and Oosthuizen ended up tied for the 36-hole lead at 5-under par.
Oosthuizen, playing in the afternoon, shot a 4-under-par 68 and relinquished the lead when he carded his first and only bogey of the day on No. 18. Mickelson, playing in the morning wave of tee times, posted a 3-under-par 69 to get to 5-under.
Adding to the drama is the presence of Brooks Koepka, the 2018 and 2019 winner of the PGA Championship who had knee surgery in March. He shot a 1-under-par 71 Friday and is 4-under par, just one shot out of the lead.
Oh yes, the reigning Masters champion, Hideki Matsuyama, is two shots off the lead at 3-under par after shooting a second-round 68.
Oosthuizen called the round “probably up there with one of my best,’’ marred only by the bogey on the last.
Mickelson, who’s 26 days shy of his 51st birthday, was positively beaming after his round, energized to be in contention for his sixth career major title.
“I’m having a lot of fun,’’ he said. “To know I’m playing well heading into the weekend, to be in contention, to have a good opportunity, I’m having a blast. I’m excited for the weekend.’’
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