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          === What they said at the PGA Championship - Second round ===
 
 By Kevin Currie, Senior Golf Editor
 
 Rochester,  NY  (Sports Network)  - Like tournament  leader Jason Dufner, Matt
 Kuchar  has  put himself  in  good  position to  battle  for  his first  major
 championship title on Sunday.
 
 Kuchar  has four top-10  finishes in the last 14 majors contested with a share
 of third at the 2012 Masters being his best finish.
 
 He picked up his sixth PGA Tour victory earlier this year at the Memorial, but
 is hunting for that elusive first major title.
 
 Kuchar  made it through 35 holes without a bogey, but he dropped a shot on his
 final hole Friday.
 
 "A  great round. It  was a bummer to finish with a bogey," Kuchar admitted. "I
 knew I was bogey-free through 35 holes and really hoping to make that par putt
 on the last hole and hopefully be in the last group with Jason Dufner."
 
 Maybe  the  key to his round  was that he was  more focused on Dufner than his
 own game.
 
 "I  wasn't really  paying that  much  attention. I  was  kind of  for a  while
 wondering  when Dufner was going to slow down," Kuchar said. "He was the group
 in  front of us.  I knew he was kind of right there at the lead. Kept watching
 him, and he seemed to make birdie after birdie."
 
 Kuchar  in the  penultimate group with Jim Furyk on Saturday. Maybe Furyk will
 make a run so Kuchar can ride the momentum wave to the top of the leaderboard.
 
 
 Here's what other players said after the second round of The PGA Championship:
 
 -  RORY  MCILROY, the defending  champion was well on  his way to leaving town
 after  two rounds, until catching fire down the stretch: "Had a nice finish to
 the  round, was  letting the round get  away from me somewhat, but making four
 birdies  on the last eight holes was nice to sort of redeem the round a little
 bit  and keep  myself in the tournament. Pretty happy and just looking forward
 to the weekend."
 
 -  PHIL MICKELSON,  who hasn't  been able  to get  anything going  through two
 rounds  with a  pair of  71s: "I  struggled these  first two  days, for  sure.
 Playing  with  Adam and Justin,  who played really  terrific golf made it look
 even  worse. I  fought hard to stay in  it. It's just a little bit off. I feel
 like  it can  turn around in a second.  I don't feel like it's that far off. I
 struggled  on  the greens.  I  was  over-reading  most  every putt.  I  really
 struggled  fading the ball.  I drew the ball well off the tee. I hit some good
 tee shots; it felt easy. I hit some good iron shots where I drew it, but I had
 trouble getting the ball working to the left pins and consequently left myself
 a lot of long putts on those holes."
 
 - LEE WESTWOOD, was one off the lead after the first round, but struggled to a
 3-over 73 on Friday: "I did all right today. I played pretty well. I think the
 golf course gave me a lot. Seventeen is playing really tough, unreachable. Tim
 Clark  had  to lay  up on  three par-4s  today, Nos. 17,  18 and  9. So it was
 playing long."
 
 -  JASON  DAY, talking  about the  hard conditions the  players in the morning
 faced:  "It  rained for  a good solid,  I think,  14 holes for  us. So it just
 didn't  stop. I know  I hit 7-iron into three yesterday, and I hit 3-iron into
 it  today.  So you  know, it's  playing pretty  tough when  it was pouring. It
 pretty much poured the whole time."
 
 -  KOHKI IDOKI, the  Senior PGA Champion, who was in the United States for the
 fourth  time,  talked about difference  in the  two events: "Senior player has
 power, but major players, more lively. More energy."
 
 
 
 08/09 21:46:24 ET