The early part of the fog-delayed second round of the PGA Championships was marked by a showdown of former Georgia Tech roommates.
Matt Kuchar, the 1997 U.S. Amateur champion, emerged as the leader after the morning grouping completed its second round at Whistling Straights Golf Club at Kohler, Wisc. He finished his round at 8-under, a two-stroke lead at the time he finished with half the field still on the course after a more than two-hour delay in the morning.
Former Conway golfer Bryce Molder, who played alongside Kuchar at Georgia Tech, birdied five of seven holes midway through his round and had one of the day's best rounds at 67, just beating rain and threatening weather with Kuchar in the group right behind him. While at Georgia Tech, Molder won eight college tournaments, Kuchar seven.
"Every time I looked back, he (Kuchar) was in the middle of the fairway or had a real short putt; I gave him a tip of the cap a couple of times. It was fun," Molder told TNT, which has the earlier telecast of the event.
Molder was 6-under then his second shot on the par-5 18th found some heavy rough and he mishit his third shot and had to scramble for bogey.
"We saw what was coming (the rain) and I'm glad we got to finish before the rains hit," Molder said. "You better be patient out here. At times, it may be two hours before you get a birdie opportunity, so you have to take advantage of them when you can."