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Mixed fortunes for Aussies at Whistling Straits

JASON Day leads the PGA Championship with a fellow Australian, but it's not the player many predicted it would be before the tournament.

IT was a day of mixed fortunes for the Australians on Friday of the PGA Championship with two leading and five set to miss the cut.

When the horn blew around Whistling Straits to signal the weather delay, Jason Day and Matt Jones shared the lead, one shot ahead of Englishman Justin Rose.

Day had just hit his approach shot onto the green at the 15th when the horn went off. He was on fire over his back nine with three birdies and two pars.

“There was trouble lurking there for a second,” Day said of the weather.

“Then right around 15th the horn blew and I was glad that we're in. I'm just trying to get some rest tonight and go into tomorrow.”

With storm clouds restricting the light, Day was relieved the horn blew before he attempted his putt for birdie.

“It was tough to kind of judge the distance, especially with wedges where you needed to land it,” Day said.

“It was hard to read putts out there.”

Jones, starting on the 10th tee, had just hit his tee shot on the 4th into the fairway bunker. His scoring over the previous 12 holes was flawless, with five birdies and seven pars.

However, Jones was realistic about his performance on Friday and his chances over the weekend.

“It's just a day of golf out there playing,” Jones said.

“It's good to be up there and there's a long, long way to go. It really means nothing right now.”

WATCH: PGA CHAMPS SECOND ROUND WRAP 

With play suspended until Saturday, both Jones and Day will be facing vastly different shots when they continue their second rounds come the morning.

Teeing off in the earlier wave on Friday, Australian prodigy Cameron Smith made up for yesterday’s round of 2-over with a second round 4-under 68. He now sits at T28 and six shots back from Jones and Day.

At June’s US Open at Chambers Bay, Smith was the only player in the field to shoot par or better all four days and his T4 effectively gave him a PGA Tour card for next season.

He will now make his second cut in as many majors after his debut in June.

For the rest of the Australians at Whistling Straits it was a forgettable PGA Championship.

Adam Scott will be the most disappointed with his performance, the Queenslander picked by many before the tournament as a chance to lift the Rodman Wanamaker trophy.

Inconsistency from hole-to-hole blighted Scott’s rounds. A 4-over on Thursday included an eagle and two birdies, but was undone by five bogeys and a double bogey.

On Friday, Scott’s score improved by one shot, but five birdies were once again undone by four bogeys and two double bogeys.

It was confirmed after the round that Steve Williams would not carry the bag for Scott at the upcoming Barclays tournament at the end of the month.

Scott also confirmed that he will tee it up next week at the Wyndham Championship, which will be just his sixth regular PGA Tour even of the season.

The other Australians who will miss the cut at Whistling Straits are John Senden (3-over), Marc Leishman (3-over) and Steven Bowditch (5-over).

Geoff Ogilvy is currently 4-over and, facing the difficult 18th hole, will have to eagle his last hole of the second round to have any hope of making the weekend.

THE 97TH PGA CHAMPIONSHIP SECOND ROUND LEADERBOARD (INCOMPLETE)

POSITION PLAYER TO PAR
T1 MATT JONES (AUS) (THRU 12) -9
T2 JASON DAY (AUS) (THRU 14) -9
3 JUSTIN ROSE (THRU 17) -8
T4 DAVID LINGMERTH (F) -7
T4 HARRIS ENGLISH (F) -7
T4 TONY FINAU (THRU 13) -7
T28 CAMERON SMITH (AUS) (F) -2
T76 JOHN SENDEN (AUS) (F) +3
T76 MARC LEISHMAN (AUS) (F) +3
T89 GEOFF OGILVY (AUS) (THRU 17) +4
T102 STEVEN BOWDITCH (AUS) (F) +5
T121 ADAM SCOTT (AUS) (F) +7

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