Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Matsuyama cards 64 to tie Kisner for second-round PGA lead

Matsuyama cards 64 to tie Kisner for second-round PGA lead

Japan's Hideki Matsuyama joined American Kevin Kisner at the top of the leaderboard at the rain-delayed PGA Championship with a new course second round of seven-under-par 64 following a thunderstorm delay of almost two hours.

The 35-year-old American was among 25 players unable to finish the second round on Friday at Quail Hollow because of a thunderstorm delay, the back-nine starter closing with four pars and the birdie to fire a second-round 68, three-under par.

"It makes me nervous being in the lead after two days at a major, but I'm really looking forward to the next two days".

Seventh-ranked Jason Day, the 2015 PGA Championship victor and last year's runner-up, fired a 66 to stand third on 136 and he praised Matsuyama's commitment to success.

He birdied the par-5 15th by chipping to 3 feet after hitting an uphill 3-wood that went over the green from 290 yards out. He failed to birdie the drivable par-4 14th or the par-5 15th, missing a birdie putt from just inside 10 feet. "It's just unfortunate because I was actually in a rhythm and the momentum was going my way and we got called off". This win could have a big impact on golf globally, as he would become the first Japanese major championship victor in golf history. He's a shot back of third-round leader Kevin Kisner at -6. "Those were costly mistakes, because otherwise the way I played I should have been in red numbers".

"Hopefully I can keep that going for 36 more holes".

Day raced to a 66 on Friday, completing his round just before darkness fell.

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He was tied third alongside US Open champion Brooks Koepka, Gary Woodland, DA Points and Chris Stroud, whose win last week at Barracuda forced him to change plans as he qualified for the PGA Championships.

"I had a really bad break on Sunday on four (at the U.S. Open) and I think it flustered me a little bit", Thomas said.

"And there's no surprise that he's obviously won last week and he's up here again". Francesco Molinari was three shots back after his 64 tied Matsuyama for the day's best round.

Fourth-ranked Rory McIlroy shared 29th on 144, 10 strokes adrift but hopeful of a weekend fightback. I said, 'OK, I'll bounce it up and see where it goes.' Luckily it got out of the bunker and on to the other side.

Jordan Spieth's bid to win the PGA Championship this week at Quail Hollow and complete a career grand slam has fallen short and the Texan said the major would be the hardest for him to win.

"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".

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