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Rory McIlroy Surges to Lead in PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy is living up to pre-tournament expectations. The heavy favorite is the 36-hole leader at the 96th PGA Championship after a 4-under 67 left him 9 under for his two days.

McIlroy seemed unfazed by the 50 minute rain delay and soggy conditions at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville as he shoots for his third straight win and second straight in a major.

The world's No. 1 ranked player is now 9-under par. That's one shot better than Jim Furyk and Australian Jason Day.

First round co-leader Ryan Palmer shot a 70 and is two shots off the lead along with Rickie Fowler.


Phil Mickelson is heading into the weekend with some momentum. He eagled the 18th to finish a round of 67 and is just three shots off the lead.

Tiger Woods headed home for the weekend. The four-time champ shot a 3-over 74 and finished six over par for his two rounds. It's the fourth time that Woods has missed the cut at a major in his pro career.


Rick Howlett was midday host and the host of LPM's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." He was with LPM from 2001-2023 and held many different titles, including Morning Edition host, Assignment Editor and Interim News Director. He died in August 2023. Read a remembrance of Rick here.