Cameron Smith confident PGA chase still on

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Australia's top-ranked player Cameron Smith says the chase for the PGA Championship is still well and truly on despite sitting six shots off the lead as he spearheads the Aussie tilt for the title.

Smith's one-over 73 at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course left the Queenslander at one-over through 36 holes, six behind veteran American Phil Mickelson (69) and Smith's Presidents Cup teammate in South African Louis Oosthuizen (68) who top the leaderboard at five-under.

But the 27-year-old says the difficult windy conditions that saw many big-name players - including the world's top two Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas - stumble and miss the cut, open the door for a weekend charge.

"It's certainly doable," Smith said.

"It's going to be really tricky on the weekend, I don't think the course is going to get any easier.

"So I've just got to keep doing what I'm doing, keep missing in the right places and just hope for the best. Hopefully some putts go in.

"It's probably the two hardest condition days I've seen, to be honest.

"But a score is still out there, which I love.

"The course has been set up really nice. It's just you've got to kind of get lucky getting those longer putts to go in."

Mickelson, a five-time major winner who last won the PGA Championship in 2005, is looking to become the oldest player to win a major, besting Julius Boros who won the 1968 PGA Championship at 48.

Despite the fact he has not won a major since 2013, Smith knows Mickelson will not easily loosen his grip on the lead.

"He's still Phil Mickelson to me. He knows that he can win. He walks around like he can still win, and he talks the talk. It'll be tough to catch him," Smith said.

Others Smith will need to overtake include four-time major winner Brooks Koepka (71) who sits third at four-under, and Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama (68) who is three-under with South African pair Branden Grace (71) and Christiaan Bezuidenhout (70).

Australia's round one pacesetter Cameron Davis imploded on Friday. Davis showed poise to rebound from a triple bogey in round one but was unable to do the same after a first up double bogey in round two.

The 2017 Australian Open champion started on the 10th hole in a share of first after overnight leader Corey Conners produced five bogeys in his opening six holes.

But a loose drive followed by a layup into thick grass conspired against the Sydney native and he was quickly demoted. Worse was to come as bogeys around the turn preceded a second triple of the tournament, making an eight on the par-five second hole. His 78 left him three-over.

Former world No.1 Jason Day looked almost certain to miss the cut, and the chance to earn a US Open berth, after a 75 left him five-over.

But high winds destroyed the afternoon wave and the cut line moved three-shots from when he signed his card to earn him a reprieve.

Lucas Herbert (72) Jason Scrivener (75) and Matt Jones (75) are four-over.

Two of Australia's biggest names - Adam Scott (72) and Marc Leishman (76) - missed the cut by a shot with Leishman lamenting a double bogey, bogey finish.

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