The Latest: Matt Fitzpatrick of England on birdie binge

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Published 9:13 a.m. ET May 17, 2019 | Updated 11:32 a.m. ET May 17, 2019

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black on Friday (all times local):

11:30 a.m.

Matt Fitzpatrick has birdied four straight holes and made six overall in the second round of the PGA Championship in a bid to make the cut.

The 24-year-old from England made putts from 5, 23, 33 and 16 feet on the first four holes — his second nine — to get to 6 under for the round and 1 under for the tournament. The former U.S. Amateur champion shot a 75 on Thursday.

First-round leader Brooks Koepka is not scheduled to tee off until almost 2 p.m. He shot a course record 7-under 63 Thursday.

Dustin Johnson and three others are now his closest competitors after a wild ride on Bethpage Black’s back nine. The top-ranked player in the world began the day at 1 under and promptly bogeyed the 10th hole; he opened his first round with a bogey, too.

But then he got rolling, with birdies at the 11th, 13th, 15th, 16th and 17th. Suddenly, he was at 5 under for the tournament.

Danny Lee, who started the round a shot behind at 6 under, is 4 over and is now five shots behind the leader.

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