Jordan Spieth is making a move towards his third major championship of the year early in the second round of the US PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.
World No.2 Spieth is four under on his round through 12 holes, jumping to five under for the tournament, and now just one shot behind overnight leader Dustin Johnson, who goes out in the afternoon.
Having already won the Masters and US Open this season, Spieth is gunning to become just the third player in history to win three of the four majors in one year, behind Ben Hogan and Tiger Woods.
South African George Coetzee, American Scott Piercy and former PGA champion Y.E. Yang have all joined Spieth at five under in a tie for second.
Australians Jason Day and Matt Jones remain just two off the lead, having not started their second rounds following opening-round 68s.
Adam Scott set about trying to make up for his first-round 76 with a birdie on the 10th, his first hole, but was once again tripped up by the par-three 12th.
After making triple bogey there on Thursday, Scott added a double bogey on Friday to send his odds of making the cut further skyward.
An eagle on the 16th, his seventh, gave him the base for a last-nine push, but he has failed to make a run, currently five over for the week through 12 holes.
Cameron Smith made a huge push early, and was four under on his opening seven holes for the round before back-to-back bogeys to close the front nine stalled his charge.
But he has gained the two dropped shots back and is two under overall through 13 holes, joined by world No.1 Rory McIlroy, currently in a tie for 23rd just four back.
John Senden is one over in round two through 10 holes to be even par for the tournament, while Geoff Ogilvy heads out in the afternoon wave starting at two over, hovering just outside the projected cut.
Steven Bowditch sits three over and needs birdies in his last four holes to make the weekend, while Marc Leishman is defying a back injury to be one under through nine, but still out of the mix at six over.
Club professional Brett Jones won’t be playing the weekend as he sits nine over with a hole to play.