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Fargo's Tom Hoge falls off the pace on second day of PGA Championship

Hoge entered the day tied for second but struggled home in 4-over 74 on Friday and is tied for 23rd heading into the weekend at Southern Hills Country Club.

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Fargo's Tom Hoge looks on during the first round of the PGA Championship on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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TULSA, Oklahoma — Fargo PGA pro Tom Hoge seemed to find his groove early on Friday at the PGA Championship but that momentum faded quickly and he fell well back into the pack after the second round at Southern Hills Country Club.

Hoge, who was 4-under and tied for second after Thursday's opening round, struggled home in 4-over 74 on Friday and he is tied for 23rd at even-par 140 heading into the weekend.

Will Zalatoris, who was tied with Hoge in second after Thursday's first round, zipped to the top of the leaderboard with a 5-under 65 on Friday. He is at 9-under and leads Mito Pereia, who shot 64 on Friday, by one shot.

Justin Thomas is in third at 6-under and Bubba Watson shot 63 on Friday and is fourth at 5-under. First-day leader Rory McIlroy dropped a shot Friday and is tied with Abraham Ancer and Davis Riley in fifth at 4-under.

Hoge didn't hide his disappointment about how the day went for him.

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"Everything was pretty good on Thursday," Hoge said. "I hit it good, putted well, everything thing was rolling along and then (Friday) everything was all over the place. With my whole game." Hoge said.

Hoge began the second round on hole No. 10 and got off to a rocky start with bogies on two of his first three holes. He bounced back nicely with three-straight birdies at the par-5 13th hole, at the 228-yard par-3 14th and another at the par-4 15th.

But he immediately gave back two of those shots with a double bogey six on the 16th. He closed with two pars to turn in 1-over 36, then gave back a third shot with a bogey on his 10th hole, the par-4 No. 1.

Hoge made two more bogies on his back nine for a 3-over 38. For the day, he made nine pars, the three birdies, five bogies and the double bogey.

Hoge assessed his new position on the leaderboard and what he needs to do to get back in the chase.

"I'm kind of out of it now," Hoge said, "but it's going to be a different golf course this weekend with the wind continuing to change and with different temperatures, but let's see what we got tomorrow.

"I mean the game-plan should be to just get it out in the the fairway," he said. "I struggled driving it (Friday) and so if you can hit it in the fairway then you can go from there and then be aggressive into the greens."

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