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PGA Championship 2016 results: What you missed on Friday at Baltusrol

The pace quickened in the second round at the PGA, where we're set up for a strong weekend.

Business picked up on Friday at the PGA Championship. We had another major championship record-matching round. The No. 1 player in the world went crazy and shot up the leaderboard. Phil Mickelson started with a tee shot that left the golf course property. Jordan Spieth made an early move, then came out on the right side of a potential controversial penalty.

Baltusrol is giving this deep field a chance to make plenty of birdies, so there will be constant opportunities for leaderboard shuffling and movement throughout the weekend. Some scores and stories from the second round in New Jersey.

Another 63.

For the third time in the last six major championship rounds, we have a record-matching 63. Backing up Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson's incredible tours at Royal Troon was Robert Streb at Baltusrol on Friday. It's not an exaggeration to say no one, not a single person on the face of the Earth, saw that coming. Not even Streb himself, who said "I have no idea" when asked where the round came from. Streb called the last year a struggle, and he's not posted a top 10 in his last 27 PGA Tour starts after a breakout 2015 season in which he was one of the final 30 players standing in the FedExCup Tour Championship.

So Streb has talent, but he's just been MIA for much of this season. He caught his heater on Friday though, carving up Baltusrol and rolling his rock right in the center of the cup. This one at his last green of the day matched the scoring record for a 30th time (no one is ever, ever posting that 62).

The 7-under 63 puts him at 9-under for the championship and in a tie for the lead with Jimmy Walker, another American making a late push here for some huge Ryder Cup points and his first major.

Jimmy!

The big-hitting Walker is not the most inspiring quote, but he backed up that opening 65 with an extremely impressive 66 to get to 9-under. At one point, all he needed was a birdie in the last two finishing par-5s to set a new 36-hole scoring mark at the majors, but he stumbled coming down the stretch with a par and a bogey on those two gettable par-5s. Still ... a 66!

Like Streb, Walker's recent form and the advanced analytics from this season aren't especially pretty. It hasn't mattered so far through 36 in Jersey. Few could have seen that coming at Baltusrol. Sure, golf is unpredictable and you can have players come up with quick fixes. Walker is a five-time winner and has been one of the better players in the world over the last three or four years, so he can hang with the best at the biggest events. This just wasn't expected to be the time for that.

Three straight birdies coming in on the back side put the major record-matching 130 at the 36-hole mark in sight. He should have broken it, but let's not get greedy. As always when you get hot like this, Walker picked up some strokes by draining a couple bomb putts.

Now he'll need to keep it up with Streb in that final pairing on Saturday, because there's some serious firepower coming behind him.

The defending champ's here.

The world No. 1 was sputtering in the middle of his second round, sitting at even-par. Then defending PGA Championship winner Jason Day lost his mind and poured in seven birdies in eight holes.

A full recap of his day is here, but he now sits at 7-under and tied for third with Emiliano Grillo.

Bombers bomb out early

This week, the betting favorite toggled between Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson. The U.S. Open champion DJ started as the favorite, and then the late money rushed to Rory. The course set up perfectly for both, rewarding their distance off the tee. Rory delivered there, leading the field in strokes-gained with the tee ball, but he was a mess up around and on the green. At one point late on Friday, he was 156 out of 156 in strokes gained putting. He finished at 150th and then blew up with his short game on the 18th to dive below the cut line and head home early.

DJ could have booked his flight on Thursday night -- there was no miracle in the works on Friday. He's out early too with a 9-over 142nd finish. It's his first missed cut in 25 starts, which was the longest streak on the PGA Tour. More on all the big names headed home after 36 here.

Spieth makes his move

Jordan Spieth went out before all the late fireworks from Streb, Walker, and Day, but he's still here too. He's just outside the top 10 at 3-under and well within striking distance ... unless Day goes nuts again, which is always a possibility.

At one point Spieth was within a shot of the early lead, but that afternoon wave still had to get their chance at a soft golf course that was yielding birdies everywhere. He dropped a shot at the 7th, his 16th hole of the day, on what could have been a much, much worse number. A shot off the cart path, however, dodged a penalty in what was a controversial rules debate. It was not an ideal finish and the late tee times put some distance on him, but he's at least got a shot, which is more than Rory and DJ can say on Friday night.

Here's your leaderboard after 36 holes:

T1 -- Jimmy Walker -- -9
T1 -- Robert Streb -- -9
T3 -- Emiliano Grillo -- -7
T3 -- Jason Day -- -7
5 -- Henrik Stenson -- -6
T6 -- Martin Kaymer -- -5
T6 -- Patrick Reed -- -5
T6 -- Brooks Koepka -- -5
T9 -- Hideki Matsuyama -- -4
T9 -- Harris English -- -4
T9 -- Rickie Fowler -- -4
T9 -- Jamie Donaldson -- -4
T13 -- Yuta Ikeda -- -3
T13 -- Jordan Spieth -- -3
T13 -- Daniel Summerhays -- -3
T13 -- Zach Johnson -- -3
T13 -- Billy Hurley III -- -3
T13 -- Adam Scott -- -3
T13 -- Gregory Bourdy -- -3
T13 -- Hideto Tanihara -- -3
T13 -- William McGirt -- -3
T22 -- John Senden -- -2
T22 -- Alexander Noren -- -2
T22 -- Louis Oosthuizen -- -2
T22 -- Webb Simpson -- -2
T22 -- Ryan Moore -- -2
T22 -- Jon Curran -- -2
T22 -- K.J. Choi -- -2
T22 -- David Lingmerth -- -2
T22 -- Branden Grace -- -2
T22 -- Paul Casey -- -2
T22 -- Scott Hend -- -2
T22 -- Andy Sullivan -- -2
T34 -- Andrew Johnston -- -1
T34 -- Steve Stricker -- -1
T34 -- Danny Lee -- -1
T34 -- Young-han Song -- -1
T34 -- Tyrrell Hatton -- -1
T34 -- Marcus Fraser -- -1
T34 -- Brandt Snedeker -- -1
T34 -- Lee Westwood -- -1
T34 -- Soren Kjeldsen -- -1
T34 -- Kevin Na -- -1
T34 -- Vaughn Taylor -- -1
T34 -- George Coetzee -- -1
T34 -- Ross Fisher -- -1
T34 -- Jhonattan Vegas -- -1
T48 -- Russell Henley -- E
T48 -- Russell Knox -- E
T48 -- Marc Leishman -- E
T48 -- Bubba Watson -- E
T48 -- Cameron Tringale -- E
T48 -- Bradley Dredge -- E
T48 -- Brian Stuard -- E
T48 -- Daniel Berger -- E
T48 -- Kevin Kisner -- E
T48 -- Aaron Baddeley -- E
T48 -- James Hahn -- E
T48 -- Bill Haas -- E
T48 -- Kyle Reifers -- E
T61 -- Rich Beem -- 1
T61 -- Jim Furyk -- 1
T61 -- Francesco Molinari -- 1
T61 -- Thomas Pieters -- 1
T61 -- Danny Willett -- 1
T61 -- Padraig Harrington -- 1
T61 -- Justin Thomas -- 1
T61 -- Keegan Bradley -- 1
T61 -- Phil Mickelson -- 1
T70 -- Colt Knost -- 2
T70 -- Ryan Palmer -- 2
T70 -- Billy Horschel -- 2
T70 -- Matthew Fitzpatrick -- 2
T70 -- Jason Dufner -- 2
T70 -- Kiradech Aphibarnrat -- 2
T70 -- Thongchai Jaidee -- 2
T70 -- Justin Rose -- 2
T70 -- Charl Schwartzel -- 2
T70 -- Patton Kizzire -- 2
T70 -- Jason Kokrak -- 2
T70 -- Ernie Els -- 2
T70 -- Rafael Cabrera Bello -- 2
T70 -- Matt Jones -- 2
T70 -- Roberto Castro -- 2
T70 -- Joost Luiten -- 2
T70 -- Freddie Jacobson -- 2
MISSED THE CUT
- -- Gary Woodland -- CUT
- -- Shane Lowry -- CUT
- -- Sergio Garcia -- CUT
- -- Benjamin Polland -- CUT
- -- Bryce Molder -- CUT
- -- Kevin Streelman -- CUT
- -- Matt Dobyns -- CUT
- -- Darren Clarke -- CUT
- -- Charley Hoffman -- CUT
- -- Rich Berberian Jr. -- CUT
- -- Anirban Lahiri -- CUT
- -- Matt Kuchar -- CUT
- -- Bernd Wiesberger -- CUT
- -- Peter Malnati -- CUT
- -- Mark Brown -- CUT
- -- Kristoffer Broberg -- CUT
- -- Jonas Blixt -- CUT
- -- Rob Labritz -- CUT
- -- David Toms -- CUT
- -- Tony Finau -- CUT
- -- Brian Gaffney -- CUT
- -- John Daly -- CUT
- -- Jamie Lovemark -- CUT
- -- Greg Chalmers -- CUT
- -- David Muttitt -- CUT
- -- Soomin Lee -- CUT
- -- Michael Block -- CUT
- -- Johan Kok -- CUT
- -- Fabian Gomez -- CUT
- -- Jim Herman -- CUT
- -- Kyung-tae Kim -- CUT
- -- Jeunghun Wang -- CUT
- -- Josh Speight -- CUT
- -- Nicolas Colsaerts -- CUT
- -- Joseph Summerhays -- CUT
- -- Troy Merritt -- CUT
- -- Rocco Mediate -- CUT
- -- Dustin Johnson -- CUT
- -- Graeme McDowell -- CUT
- -- Brandon Stone -- CUT
- -- Mitch Lowe -- CUT
- -- Tommy Sharp -- CUT
- -- Omar Uresti -- CUT
- -- Shaun Micheel -- CUT
- -- Brad Ott -- CUT
- -- Wyatt Worthington II -- CUT
- -- James Morrison -- CUT
- -- Rick Schuller -- CUT
- -- Brad Lardon -- CUT