1. The PGA Championship could tie a record this weekend if a player outside the World Ranking top 100 is victorious. Since the 1987 Masters, the first major after the ranking's inauguration, four men outside the top 100 have won the British Open. The PGA has fielded three such winners: John Daly (168th in 1991), Shaun Micheel (169th in 2003) and Y.E. Yang (110th in 2009). Four players outside this week's world top 100 are in the top 10 at the midpoint at Atlanta Athletic Club: D.A. Points (105th, T-3), Keegan Bradley (108th, T-1), Brandt Jobe (118th, T-7) and Brendan Steele (121st, T-8).
1a. Bradley and Steele are making their first career major-championship starts.
2. Co-leader Bradley's second-round 64 beat his rookie-season low round on the PGA Tour. He has shot 65 three times, including the second round in last week's WGC-Bridgestone, where he tied for 15th. Looking to the weekend, Bradley stands 88th in third-round scoring average on tour this season (70.50), despite no worse than 70 in the third round in is last five starts.
3. Jim Furyk's bogey-free 65 pushed him into a tie for third at 136, one out of the lead. This is only the third time he has stood in the top 10 through 36 holes in 19 tour starts this season. He was fourth at the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions and wound up tied for 9th, and was third at the Heritage and finished T-21.
5. A 150 total meant Tiger Woods missed the cut by six shots, only his third missed cut at a major as a professional (2006 U.S. Open, 2009 British Open). He barely made more pars in 36 holes (15) than bogeys and double bogeys combined (13). Woods had a deuce and nine 3s on his card against five 6s and a 7.
5a. Woods said following his round he would not play next week in Greensboro, N.C., thereby missing the FedExCup playoffs for the first time. There is the prospect that the Australian Open in November will be his next start counting toward World Ranking calculations. If so Woods, who began the week No. 30 in the world, would in the interim lose ranking points from five 2009 starts (win at the BMW Championship, three seconds and a T-11) and have a lone victory in the calculations ('09 Australian Masters).
6. How unexpected was Anders Hansen's 68-69 start? They were only his second and third rounds in the 60s in a U.S.-based major, joining the 69 he had to close the '07 PGA (T-12). This is the eighth time he's made the cut in 21 career majors, the first since he was T-19 in the '08 PGA.
7. Davis Love III faded with bogeys at the 16th and 17th, falling into a tie for 14th at one under, but is positioned for another solid major finish. He has missed the cut in half of his major starts (13 of 26) since celebrating his 40th birthday a few days after the 2004 Masters. Conversely, Love has finished in the top 10 five times. His last two majors? T-11 (U.S. Open) and T-9 (British).
8. Half of the top 10 began the week in the bottom half of the PGA Tour's ranking of 191 players in driving distance this season: Stricker (287.9 yards, T-116), Points (287.7, T-118), Dufner (285.0, T-137), Furyk (279.1, 174th) and Verplank (277.1, T-180).