Rochester, NY – Like tournament leader Jason Dufner, Matt Kuchar has put himself in good position to battle for his first major championship title on Sunday.
Kuchar has four top-10 finishes in the last 14 majors contested with a share of third at the 2012 Masters being his best finish.
He picked up his sixth PGA Tour victory earlier this year at the Memorial, but is hunting for that elusive first major title.
Kuchar made it through 35 holes without a bogey, but he dropped a shot on his final hole Friday.
"A great round. It was a bummer to finish with a bogey," Kuchar admitted. "I knew I was bogey-free through 35 holes and really hoping to make that par putt on the last hole and hopefully be in the last group with Jason Dufner."
Maybe the key to his round was that he was more focused on Dufner than his own game.
"I wasn't really paying that much attention. I was kind of for a while wondering when Dufner was going to slow down," Kuchar said. "He was the group in front of us. I knew he was kind of right there at the lead. Kept watching him, and he seemed to make birdie after birdie."
Kuchar in the penultimate group with Jim Furyk on Saturday. Maybe Furyk will make a run so Kuchar can ride the momentum wave to the top of the leaderboard.
Here's what other players said after the second round of The PGA Championship:
- RORY MCILROY, the defending champion was well on his way to leaving town after two rounds, until catching fire down the stretch: "Had a nice finish to the round, was letting the round get away from me somewhat, but making four birdies on the last eight holes was nice to sort of redeem the round a little bit and keep myself in the tournament. Pretty happy and just looking forward to the weekend."
- PHIL MICKELSON, who hasn't been able to get anything going through two rounds with a pair of 71s: "I struggled these first two days, for sure. Playing with Adam and Justin, who played really terrific golf made it look even worse. I fought hard to stay in it. It's just a little bit off. I feel like it can turn around in a second. I don't feel like it's that far off. I struggled on the greens. I was over-reading most every putt. I really struggled fading the ball. I drew the ball well off the tee. I hit some good tee shots; it felt easy. I hit some good iron shots where I drew it, but I had trouble getting the ball working to the left pins and consequently left myself a lot of long putts on those holes."
- LEE WESTWOOD, was one off the lead after the first round, but struggled to a 3-over 73 on Friday: "I did all right today. I played pretty well. I think the golf course gave me a lot. Seventeen is playing really tough, unreachable. Tim Clark had to lay up on three par-4s today, Nos. 17, 18 and 9. So it was playing long."
- JASON DAY, talking about the hard conditions the players in the morning faced: "It rained for a good solid, I think, 14 holes for us. So it just didn't stop. I know I hit 7-iron into three yesterday, and I hit 3-iron into it today. So you know, it's playing pretty tough when it was pouring. It pretty much poured the whole time."
- KOHKI IDOKI, the Senior PGA Champion, who was in the United States for the fourth time, talked about difference in the two events: "Senior player has power, but major players, more lively. More energy."