A glance at the second round of the PGA Championship

Solenn Plantier
Août 13, 2017

Brooks Koepka clocked a marshal in the head at the first round of the PGA Championship.

His golf ball was buried in thick grass on a hill above the water.

The closing hole at Quail Hollow that culminates the Green Mile was the toughest in Round 3, yielding an average score of 4.6.

Highlight of the day: Beach carded his second birdie of the championship on the par-5, 546-yard seventh hole and finished the tournament with a 17-over-par (79-80-159).

"I'm obviously not scoring well and I hit the ball in every bad spot", Mickelson said to a large group of reporters after the second round. "I think today I got the right breaks at the right time". And I didn't do it.

Jason Day can attest to that.

"It's not easy to make up shots on this course, and if I'd been another two back it would have made things a lot more hard". He shot 77 and was in no mood to discuss the round.

After hitting only three fairways in the opening round of his first PGA Championship - and first pro event on American soil - shooting a 75, Fox kept the ball in play Friday and it paid off in a big way.

"It's just a dream come true to be here", he said.

Tournament leader Kisner was not unscathed, either. Hideki Matsuyama almost ties for the lead but his birdie putt stops one roll short of the cup and he stands on six-under along with Chris Stroud.

That dropped Kisner from 10-under, following birdies in his previous two holes, to eight-under and a temporary tie with Chris Stroud. Points ended up with 73 in the round. I have to play great but we're only halfway through. "However, I'm happy to just to be one stroke back and still have a chance".

It was everyone else in the hunt that fell apart. "Little things like that, me and my caddie said if they just put the pin four yards farther back, then it's still a really hard hole but it's fair".

"I had to give him a hug for it".

Texan Jordan Spieth surrendered any chance of completing the career grand slam for at least 12 months, a double-bogey at the last leaving him 10 shots off the pace. Casey played the final three holes in 4 over and shot 74. He was seven behind. Two days later Stricker makes his two captain's picks. He looked more like Jean Van de Velde, famous for his collapse in the 1999 British Open, except that Day was standing amid bushes of flowers instead of knee deep in the burn at Carnoustie. He then inexplicably tried to advance it by hitting down the cart path.

"It's the type of golf course you don't have to go out and make birdies", Oosthuizen said.

"Any time you have a putt down grain, downhill ... we just tap it and hope it stops by the hole", Jon Rahm said after a 70.

Asked what "disappointed" him most about the week, Spieth said, "To not have a chance to win". He failed to birdie the par-5 15th and closed with three pars for a 72. He caught a decent lie and chipped close for his first birdie.

That adventure started with a wayward drive that took him into the trees, leading to two horrendous shots and a penalty stroke, a weak escape from choking rough, a weak chip and two putts.

In the back-nine, he corrected his mistakes and played flawlessly.

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