Holmes bombs and gouges into contention at the PGA Championship

The PGA Championship continues to be a tight race as players finish around par at the top of the leaderboard after the completion of 36 holes on Friday. At the top, J.B. Holmes has a one stroke lead over several young guns following a solid two under 68 to move to one under par for the week.

Holmes, however, has Ben Curtis, Justin Rose, Ken Duke, Sergio Garcia (pictured left), and Charlie Wi hot on the trail, all at even par. Rose jumped to the top of the leaderboard after a spectacular 67 on Friday to make up for a lackluster 71 on Thursday. Sergio fell a stroke back after posting a one over par Friday score, but leaving the Spanish star in contention for his first major title.

Henrick Stenson, David Toms, Paul Goydos, Jeev Singh, Aaron Baddeley, and Phil Mickelson are all one stroke behind the group of players tied for second. Of course, as this looks like the last major championship before the return of Tiger Woods, Mickelson's chance to claim an "easy one" without the world's best golfer in the field seems to be ending this week.

British Open champion Padraig Harrington will make the cut, but is behind at five over par for 36 holes due mainly to a 74 on Friday. South African major champions Retief Goosen and Ernie Els are six over par for the week, finishing in the mid-40s.

Notable players missing the cut include John Daly (pictured right) who played near even rounds of 74 and 75 to finish at nine over, and also former PGA Champion Vijay Singh who fired rounds of 76 and 76.

Of course, one of the interesting traditions of the PGA Championship is the inclusion of PGA of American members in the field. This year, Frank Esposito Jr. led the club professionals by making the cut with a seven over par performance for 36 holes.

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