May 17, 2019 / 1:45 PM / 4 months ago

Golf: Lee slips early in bid to catch leader Koepka at PGA Championship

May 17, 2019; Bethpage, NY, USA; Danny Lee plays his shot from the 12th tee during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bethpage State Park - Black Course. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (Reuters) - New Zealand’s Danny Lee made a rough start in his bid to close the one-shot gap on overnight leader Brooks Koepka as second round action at the PGA Championship got under way on Friday.

Lee, fresh from an opening-round six-under-par 64 at Bethpage Black, went out with the first threesome at the par-four 10th on Friday and after starting with a par made two straight bogeys to sit two-over par on the day after three holes.

Defending champion Koepka will begin his round at 1:49 p.m. ET (1749 GMT) when he heads out in the fourth-to-last grouping off the par-four first hole in the company of Masters champion Tiger Woods and British Open champion Francesco Molinari.

The American Koepka enjoyed a bogey-free trip around Bethpage Black in the opening round when he carded a brilliant seven-under-par 63 that tied the Bethpage Black course record and equalled the second-lowest round in any men’s major championship.

Woods, competing this week for the first time since his emotional Masters triumph, will be looking to make a charge after his short game failed him during an opening round where he finished nine shots back of Koepka.

Reporting by Andrew Both; Writing by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Keith Weir

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