With the cut falling at nine over par, Oak Hill Country Club did not relent on day two of the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship.
Here’s the lowdown from the second round in Rochester…
Broadhurst makes his move
Paul Broadhurst is certainly a force to be reckoned with on the over-50s circuit as he defends his KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship.
An eight-time winner on both sides of the Atlantic, and a two-time Senior Major Champion to boot, he made his mark on day two of the Senior PGA Championship as he carded the only bogey-free round of the day on the East Course at Oak Hill.
The winning total this year will be a far-cry from Broadhurst’s 19-under-par score last year, but the Englishman shares pole position with Esteban Toledo on three under par heading into the weekend.
The going got tough
The formidable East Course at Oak Hill played even tougher on Friday, with the average score one stroke higher than Thursday – from 74 to 75.
Again, all 18 holes averaged an over-par score, with the par four second hole playing the easiest of the day, seeing 26 birdies and 98 pars. The second hole has seen the most birdies so far this Championship (51), while the 18th, a 477-yard par four, has seen just 12 over the two days.
Toledo hopes to go one better
Esteban Toledo is no stranger to competing at a Senior PGA Championship.
The Mexican, a four-time winner on the PGA Tour Champions circuit, was runner-up in this event to Colin Montgomerie in 2015. The 56-year-old started the final round four strokes behind Montgomerie on one under par but was unable to overturn the deficit as Montgomerie matched his three under par round of 69 to win back-to-back Senior PGA Championships.
Interestingly, three of his PGA Tour Champions wins have come in play-offs, where he has a perfect 3-0 record.
Crowds out in force
A new Friday attendance record was set at this year’s KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship as the Rochester faithful came out in force to watch the legends of the game compete this year.
With thousands pouring through the gates today, the 2023 PGA Championship can certainly expect a warm welcome in four years' time when it returns to Rochester, New York.