Spieth 'essentially out' after two disappointing rounds

Claudine Rigal
Août 13, 2017

The change in the course was immediate after heavy rain halted play for almost two hours Friday.

Kisner, who already has two PGA Tour victories to his name, carded a round of 67 for the second day running to finish eight-under going into round three.

Kisner and Matsuyama, both leading a major for the first time, were at 8-under 134.

"I feel like my game truly suits the other three majors maybe more than a PGA Championship". I could and should have finished at least in the under-par zone.

Kisner finished with a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole. His bogey on No. 12 dropped him back into a tie with Matsuyama only momentarily because Matsuyama also bogeyed the hole.

Jordan Spieth figured he was too far back to chase the final leg of the career Grand Slam this year.

"I'm just excited about the opportunity".

On undulating greens, some of the hole locations were extremely hard, with nobody on the leaderboard shooting better than the 68 by Canadian Graham DeLaet, who went six-under in a remarkable four-hole stretch to vault within five strokes of the lead. So I hit a six iron and just said, "okay, I'll bounce it up the cart path and see where this goes".

"I kind of accept the fact that I'm essentially out of this tournament pending some form of insane stuff the next couple of days", he said.

"I'm hitting the ball really nice and things are going my way".

Day will forever regret his brain explosion after cutting the ears off his drive, and trying to play a miracle shot around the trees to get back in the frame.

McGirt, who teed off at 1:10 p.m. Friday, completed 11 holes before the horn sounded while he was preparing for a putt on the par-4 third hole.

In the next three holes, the 30-year-old got as many bogeys as he completed the front nine with a four-over.

The Australian, who had yesterday been three over through 13 holes of his first round at Quail Hollow before rattling home, continued the momentum to charge to outright third this morning.

Lahiri, who was tied 33rd after a 72 in the first round, struggled with his start, carding a bogey on the first hole before making five par consecutive par effort.

Meanwhile, Provo's Riverside Country Club assistant professional Chris Moody improved on his 10-over opening round with a 7-over round Friday for a total of 17-over, not good enough to stay for the weekend.

Jason Day has surged into contention at the halfway point of the US PGA Championship in North Carolina.

Matsuyama could become the first Japanese man to win a major title and only the second Asian man to claim a major crown at South Korea's Yang Yong-Eun at the 2009 PGA.

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