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Weather delays not all equal for PGA field

THE stoppage of second round play at Whistling Straits will affect those on the leader board in different ways.

THE suspension of second round play at Whistling Straits will mean different things for different golfers, some for the better and some less so.

For Dustin Johnson the break in play is a relief, just what was needed to halt the American's backwards slide down the leaderboard.

For Jason Day, however, it was an unwelcome interruption to a good run of play, the Queenslander in the midst of three birdies in a five hole stretch when the horn blew.

The question that now faces Day, Johnson and the others at the business end of the leader board is what impact the stoppage will have on their play tomorrow when they return.

Justin Rose, one behind co-leader Day and Matt Jones, was standing on the 18th tee when the suspension was called and will face two of the most daunting shots on the course at 7am Wisconsin time.

Day, on the other hand, has a meakable birdie putt on the 15th green which he will have plenty of opportunity to emulate on the practice green before returning to the course.

Matt Jones' ball lies in a fairway bunker to the right of the fourth hole and a difficult shot awaits on his return.

“I have a tough hole to start back out on tomorrow, second shot out of the bunker,” he said. “But there's a few more birdie holes, so I'm happy with where I am.

“I played really well. I've had a few more chances to make birdies that I missed out on, which would have been nice, but it's been a good round so far and I got a few tough holes left to finish tomorrow morning.”

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Dustin Johnson has a straightforward short iron approach to the 15th green to look forward to and, despite his difficulties today, is upbeat about the weekend.

“(The delay) is what it is, but hopefully it will help me out,” Johnson said after being called off the course at 1-over for his round and 5-under for the tournament, four behind the leaders.

“I'm just struggling a little bit today. It felt like I was hitting some good shots, just not driving it as well today.

“But still feel like I'm swinging well, just the driver was just a little bit off, so I missed a couple fairways. And this golf course, if you are not driving it in the fairways, it's tough.

“But I'm in a good position on 15, right down the middle.”

Day displayed the same attitude which held him in such good stead during similar interruptions at St Andrews last month, not getting ahead of himself with speculation about what tomorrow might bring.

“I have a putt on 15 to get to 10 (under par),” he said. “We'll see how it goes tomorrow. We've got some scoring holes and some tough ones to finish on, but I'm real happy to be done.”

Rose, 8-under and one behind Day and Jones, knows the interruption makes tomorrow a long day but the veteran has seen it all before and says there's work to do in the morning before worrying about round three.

“Calling it for the day now is a bit of a drag, because it means we'll come out at 5:00 a.m. and play one hole and then probably, providing I play a good golf hole, probably play around 2 o'clock in the afternoon,” he said.

“So that's quite a big window to try to fill. Do I go back to sleep? Go chill? So that's going to be interesting to deal with that tomorrow. But I'm in good position.”

There are 57 players yet to complete their second round with some groups only through 11 holes.

Play will resume at 7am tomorrow Wisconsin time with round three play to follow immediately after the completion of round two.

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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