Haotong Li is the first Chinese player to lead at the halfway point of a male major championship, holding a two-shot lead over half a dozen chasers after 36 holes of the USPGA Championship at Harding Park.
Koepka is aiming to make history this week by becoming the first player in more than a century to win the same major in three consecutive years. The American produced a stunning approach from rough at the last to set up a closing birdie and move him ominously into contention.
Fleetwood and Rose have had a lean time of it over the past 12 months, but the English pair are showing signs of their old form. Fleetwood is yet to win a major, going close at the 2018 US Open and last year’s Open Championship, while Rose bagged his major at the 2013 US Open at Merion.
“I had a decent score going and had a bad couple of holes on 12 and 13 which halted progress,” Fleetwood said.
“Level par wasn’t a bad score and today I feel like my game is improving day by day since I’ve come back.
“Today I hit a lot of fairways and that clearly makes it easier from there round this golf course.”
Daniel Berger won the Charles Schwab Challenge, the PGA Tour’s first tournament back after lockdown while Jason Day is a former USPGA Champion, lifting the Wanamaker Trophy at Whistling Straits in 2015.
Harding Park has previously hosted World Golf Championship events as well as the President’s Cup, and is a tree-lined public course just outside San Francisco. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the USPGA’s is this season’s first major.