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Strong finish pleases Palmer

Ryan Palmer remained towards the top of the leaderboard in the US PGA Championship thanks to a one-under-par 70 in the second round at Valhalla.

The 37-year-old American fired his lowest round in a major with a 65 on Thursday to share the first round lead with Lee Westwood and Kevin Chappell.

He was out early on Friday in torrential rain, which eventually caused a 20-minute suspension in play, and turned on seven under after sandwiching a bogey on the eighth hole with two birdies.

Bogeys at the 12th and 15th saw him slip off the pace but he was delighted to finish off his round with back-to-back birdies on the final two holes.

Palmer told Sky Sports: \"The objective was to not get too ahead of myself, stay patient and stay calm.

\"I knew the weather was going to be tough and when we started it was awful. I am not sure we should have started but we did and I was able to grind it out.

\"I had some great saves on the front nine and turned at one under and then kind of struggled on the back, missing some fairways.

\"But I was able to hit two good shots on 17 and 18 to set up two birdies in a row. It's a great feeling to finish under par today and take the afternoon off to dry off!\"

Palmer has never finished higher than 10th in a major, but he has put his good form this week down to a patient approach.

He said: \"I have just learned to stay patient with myself and not get too far ahead.

\"It is easy to get frustrated early in a tournament and I have been out here 12 years now so I have had a lot of ups and downs.

\"I knew my game was in good shape, it was a matter of getting the result and playing patient this week - and so far so good.\"