Corey Conners drops out of lead after rough start to second round at PGA Championship

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KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. — Canada's Corey Conners has relinquished the lead at the PGA Championship.

Conners, from Listowel, Ont., shot a 3-over 75 in Friday's second round after entering the day with a two-stroke lead.

The Canadian, who had an early morning tee time, ended the round three-shots behind leader Phil Mickelson and tied for seventh place.

Mickelson jumped to the top of the leaderboard at the second major of the men's golf season with a 3-under 69.

Conners started the day with five bogeys and two birdies before playing even-par the rest of the way.

The 29-year-old Conners finished his round with a 16-foot birdie putt on No. 9. He played the back nine first.

Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C., ended Friday in 51st spot after posting a 1-under 71 with an eagle on the seventh hole.

Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont., did not make the cut.

Conners has four top-10 finishes in his past eight PGA Tour events.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 21, 2021.

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