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PGA Championship: Tony Finau's wild second round ties tournament record with 10 birdies

Tony Finau hits from the 17th tee during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis. (AP)

ST. LOUIS – When play was stopped for impending rain at 3:35 p.m. Friday at the PGA Championship, Tony Finau had the wildest scorecard of anyone on the golf course.

Finau — the guy most remembered for dislocating his ankle at the Masters’ par-3 contest and popping it back into place —  was 4-under through the first 11 holes of his second round at Bellerive Country Club despite scoring eight birdies.

When play resumed Saturday morning, Finau carded two more birdies. His 10 total birdies in the second round tied a PGA Championship record for most birdies in a single round. But he still finished at 4-under par for the round to just make the cut at even-par.

5 birdies to open the round

Finau started his day at 4-over par. He was at even-par after hole No. 4 thanks to four-straight birdies to open the round. He went to 1-under on No. 5 with another birdie. Could he keep the run going?

No. Finau’s sixth hole was a disaster. Finau hit his first shot into the water. So he took a drop in front of the pond guarding the green and hit his shot to the left of the green. His fourth shot was a chip onto the green but he still had almost 11 feet to salvage his double bogey. He missed that putt and had to tap in for a 6.

The hot start was nearly erased with just one hole. After No. 6, Finau was back to 2-over for the tournament.

Birdies at No. 7 and 8

Finau got two of those strokes back. He birdied hole Nos. 7 and 8 to return to even par. But those even-par feelings didn’t last very long. Finau missed a short putt for bogey on No. 9 to drop back over par.

He finished his front nine with a score of 3-under 32 thanks to seven birdies, a triple bogey and a bogey.

After that par on No. 10, Finau was back to his wild-scoring ways with a birdie on No. 11. That was his final hole of the day before the storms arrived.

Finau and the rest of the golfers on the course Friday afternoon when play was suspended will resume their second rounds at 7 a.m. Saturday. We’re going to be incredibly disappointed if he finishes his round with seven-straight pars.

Saturday included two birdies and two bogeys

Finau parred his first two holes on Saturday morning before dropping another shot with a bogey on No. 14. His ninth birdie came on No. 16 and he tied Gary Player’s PGA Championship record with a birdie on No. 17. That moved him to 1-under par for the tournament.

But the second round theme continued on No. 18. Finau bogeyed the final hole to drop back to even-par. In addition to the 10 birdies he finished with four pars, three bogeys, and a triple-bogey.

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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