For the second night in a row at Oak Hill, one of the top two players in the world called in his coach for an emergency post-round lesson at the PGA Championship. On Thursday, it was Phil Mickelson who immediately walked off the 18th green to the driving range, hitting balls in the gloaming and requesting his coach, Butch Harmon, come out of the SkySports TV booth for a session. Mickelson was lost and looking for a fix to go low on Friday and get back in it. By Mickelson's own admission, the impromptu work was out-of-character and not something typically a part of his routine. It didn't work, but at least it led to this cool visual of the lefty hitting balls in near-darkness
On Friday, it was Tiger's turn to get some reassurance from his swing doctor. Woods also walked directly to the range after carding an even-par round of 71 to finish his first 36 holes at 1-over, 10 shots back of the lead. Tiger and coach Sean Foley, surrounded by caddie Joe LaCava and agent Mark Steinberg, were seen working on the Oak Hill range for a considerable amount of time. But the instruction didn't end there, as Foley and Woods continued in the parking lot, where the coach used an umbrella to demonstrate some tip at the player's address:
It's certainly alarming to see these top two so desperate and searching for answers after playing a venue that was completely vulnerable to low scores. Let's hope the the late emergency work for Woods pays off more than it did for Phil today.