Back nine show ensures Lahiri makes cut at PGA Championships

Pierre Vaugeois
Août 13, 2017

Stroud and Australia's Day were two strokes behind co-leaders Hideki Matsuyama of Japan, who won last week's WGC-Bridgestone, and South Carolinian Kevin Kisner.

Day opened his account with a birdie on the second hole before dropping a shot immediately after. On the par-5 15th hole, Stricker drilled a 3-wood up the hill and onto the green about 20 feet away.

Matsuyama and Kisner boast a two-shot cushion over Jason Day after the Australian produced an impressive round of 66.

Phelps saw much that he liked when Spieth, who started on the course's more hard back nine, completed his first nine at par despite fighting his putter.

But having shot previous rounds of 61 and 62 at the course in North Carolina, McIlroy conceded that the revamped 7,600-yard layout was a very different proposition.

Daly left Quail Hollow without speaking to reporters but was heard telling his fiancée that he wanted to "get out of here", using a profanity to express his frustration with the course and heading straight for the parking lot.

Pre-tournament favorites Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth have made it to the weekend, but both are a long way from the top. He began the round 11 strokes off the lead, and was hoping to become the youngest player to complete the career Grand Slam. He was joined by Gary Woodland, Koepka and Chris Stroud, who qualified for the PGA Championship only by winning last week at the Barracuda Championship.

Jamie Lovemark of the United States plays his second shot from a bunker on the fifth hole.

Marc Leishman chipped in from 85 feet from the back of the green for an eagle on the par 5 10th hole on Saturday.

Chasing a record-breaking career Grand Slam, Jordan Spieth remained well back at four over.

The 28-year-old again displayed these characteristics of his recent form: streaky at times, but with the courage to pull himself back into the round.

McIlroy was so encouraged by the way he played his version of the Road Hole that he went on to play his opening nine holes in one under par. He had not missed a cut all year until The Open. He managed to hold pars on the next four, but then came a disastrous stretch with bogeys from seventh to ninth, the segment which provided succor a day earlier. Uresti is a former PGA Tour pro. He hooked his tee shot into the water on the reachable par-4 14th, had to drop in nasty rough and missed a short putt to make double bogey.

Threatening weather prompted officials to suspend second-round play on Friday at the PGA Championship, with a thunderstorm coming near the Quail Hollow course.

LEADERS: Matsuyama and Kisner were at 8-under 134, and this is the first time for either player to be atop the leaderboard after any round of a major. Here are the players that trail Olesen and Kisner.

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