The top two players in the world and the game's biggest draws -- Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson -- appear safe to make the weekend at the 2013 PGA Championship. Both players were flirting with the cut line, which was at 3-over at one point. The cut line is currently at 4-over with the afternoon wave getting through the second round, though, meaning all players at 3-over should get to move on to the final 36 holes.
It's a fairly low number for a major, as Oak Hill yields birdies in bunches and some of the world's best move towards double-digit under-par. Woods and Mickelson, however, are not two of those players. Phil said on Thursday night that Friday's round would be the difference, indicating he had to get aggressive to try and post a number in the low 60s. Phil never came close to that, however, and a 2-over second nine pushed him to the edge of the cut line. He made a big par putt on his last hole of the day to finish at 2-over.
Woods, on the other hand, promptly dropped a shot on his second of the day to join Mickelson at 2-over. Tiger has jumped back to even, however, with back-to-back birdies and appears likely to play 36 more. It would have been a disaster for the event if both missed the cut, but if form holds, neither will be in contention throughout the weekend.
The 156-man field (which lost three players to withdrawal) is cut down to the top 70 (and ties) after 36 holes. Here are some of the big name players at 3-over and beyond who are in trouble:
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|Davis Love III||6||7|