Matsuyama ties Kisner for PGA lead

Solenn Plantier
Août 13, 2017

Or that he would be playing on a different hole. But at the end of the day, I finished strong with two pars.

Kevin Kisner and Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark emerged as the top survivors on a course with some of the fastest, scariest putting surfaces the PGA Championship has ever seen. After losing in three playoffs in 2015, he won his first PGA Tour title at the RSM Classic that year. He carded his fifth birdie of the round after almost chipping-in for eagle on the par-5 15th. It's an appropriate position for Matsuyama, who finished in the top ten of all three of the other major tournaments this season and has been one of the PGA Tour's most consistent players throughout the season.

Jason Day explained why he hugged Dustin Johnson during the second round of the US PGA Championship as he thanked the world number one.

He sent his second shot into the primary rough 75 feet from the flagstick on the right side of the green, but chipped to about 5 feet and sank that putt for the birdie. Sure, Woodland may need a little help from the leaders, but he enters the final round with only six players to leapfrog and only five strokes separating him from Kisner.

On 18, Kisner had a 7-iron into the green but fell for the sucker pin that was tucked front and left.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The last man in the field could very well be the last man standing at the PGA Championship. You get off to a bad start, two over through five, and are then putting pressure on yourself to birdie the birdie holes, the seventh, eighth, 10th.

The Queenslander had endured an up-and-down round but was still in touch with leader Kevin Kisner heading to the last.

Kisner managed to keep the damage to a minimum in a calamity-filled final hour Saturday. Given the size of Quail Hollow, Kisner drew up a simple plan.

The Green Mile took quite a toll on the final groups coming down the stretch at the PGA Championship on Saturday.

Sailing along with a two-shot lead, Kisner pulled a shot into the water at the 16th and had his bogey-putt spin out of the hole for a double. Day was joined by Chris Stroud at two strokes back.

Speaking of Quail Hollow, the course seems to suit Woodland.

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. He played the back nine 1 over with a bogey on the 16th, where he left a 43-foot birdie putt 13 feet short.

The only other eagle on the day belongs to Hideto Tanihara.

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) " Jordan Spieth all but conceded that his pursuit of the career Grand Slam will have to wait until next year.

That's a shame for those who only have weekend tickets to the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club, but it was unavoidable given how badly Mickelson played in this tournament.

Thanks to a storm delay of nearly two hours, there were 25 players who weren't so lucky and need to return Saturday morning to complete their final holes.

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. But he followed a first-round 70 with a 75 on Friday to fall back in the pack.

It would be the first time since 1995, or 22 years, that he has missed the cut at the PGA Championship.

Once the second round was completed, the cut was set at 147 for two rounds, or 5-over-par.

After two days Kizner is 7-under on those holes, birdieing them all on Thursday and eagling 7 and birdieing 15 yesterday.

He doubled the 12th, bogeyed 13th, birdied three in a row from 14th to 16th and then bogeyed 17th and messed up with a quadruple bogey, raising questions over his shot selection.

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