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Li putting together strong performance at PGA Championship

Field Level Media
08 Aug 2020, 08:55 GMT+10

Haotong Li is an unlikely clubhouse leader at the PGA Championship in San Francisco.

But the 25-year-old from China delivered a 5-under 65 in Friday's second round and was atop the leaderboard at 8-under 132 after the early wave at TPC Harding Park.

Li made five birdies during a bogey-free round that marked his second straight strong round. He shot 3 under in Thursday's first round.

Even Li, ranked 114th in the world, couldn't explain his back-to-back stellar rounds in just his third PGA tournament of 2020.

"Well, I've got no expectation actually, because you know, last few months, stay at home doing nothing," Li told reporters. "I just want to be out here, have fun.

"Still got two rounds left. Long way to go. Just want to play my best. If it happens, it happens."

Li was in lockdown in China due to the coronavirus pandemic and certainly doesn't consider himself in top form.

In fact, he missed the cut at the Memorial Tournament last month and tied for 75th last week at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

"I didn't even think I could play like this this week," Li said. "Especially ... had no confidence."

England's Tommy Fleetwood also fared well in the second round as he carded a 6-under 64. Fleetwood had seven birdies and one bogey and is at 6-under 134.

Fleetwood said he is trying to rediscover his form. He missed the cut two weeks ago at the 3M Open outside of Minneapolis and tied for 35th last week in Memphis.

"You come back and the game doesn't feel as easy as it once did," Fleetwood told CBS. "Just rustiness. Tournament golf is hard. It doesn't matter how much golf you play with friends and family at home. When you come back (to the PGA Tour) the margin for error is really small."

Australian's Jason Day had a later tee time and he was making a push toward the top of the leaderboard. Day and Brendon Todd were first-round co-leaders.

Todd shot even-par 70 on Friday to remain 5 under.

Cameron Champ (64) and England's Paul Casey (67) are also at 5 under.

World No. 2 Jon Rahm of Spain shot 69 and is at 1-under 139. No. 4 Webb Simpson (68) also is 1 under.

Phil Mickelson (69) as at 1-over 141, while Rickie Fowler (69) is 2 over and in danger of missing the cut.

Spain's Sergio Garcia (73) missed the cut at 6 over.

--Field Level Media

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