Hideki Matsuyama hoping to work Sunday magic again at PGA Championship

Patrice Gainsbourg
Agosto 13, 2017

The PGA Championship continues Saturday and Sunday from Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina.

After a four-over 75 in the first round, Fox climbed to one-under for the tournament and is seven shots behind American Kevin Kisner, who carded a second successive four-under 67, and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama, who usurped Fox with the lowest round of the tournament.

Former US PGA champion Jason Day carded a quadruple bogey eight on the 18th to fall from four under to level par, eight off the lead.

A score of +2 for the tournament with leave him 10 shots behind leader Kevin Kisner heading into moving day.

Justin Thomas moved to within two shots of Kisner after shooting a two-under 69 to tie for fourth position with South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen (71).

"I'm really fired up about it the way I'm hitting the golf ball", he said.

Kisner lamented squandering the chance to eliminate more rivals.

Matsuyama's iron approaches simply weren't able to get the ball close to the hole, and the 12-footer he holed for par on No. 9 proved to be his longest make of the day. "That could have been a six or a seven quite easily so to get away with a five, I actually felt pretty good about myself going to the next tee". "Now I'm in a dogfight tomorrow and I have to be prepared for that". Even with the changes that the pros hated, the golf course overall held up to a major standard easily.

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What he hasn't done yet is win a major.

Anirban Lahiri rose to the occasion to nail a final birdie on 18th, for the second time in as many days and ensured weekend play at the Quail Hollow in the 99th PGA Championships. "It will be awesome to take home the Wanamaker Trophy".

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. "If we look historically back on my career, I think I will play this tournament worse than the other three majors just in the way that it's set up", he said, rather frankly, after his round.

But by parring the brutally-difficult final three holes, known as the "Green Mile" with water lurking, he stayed very much in contention.

Scott is at No. 61 in the FedEx Cup on the PGA Tour. "(It's) one of the craziest decisions I've ever seen", said Faldo.

"I'm sure going to give it a try".

Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy finished their second rounds in the near dark to ensure an early start wasn't required on Saturday.

McIlroy managed to muster back-to-back birdies at the seventh and eighth (his 16th and 17th) to get back to two over and alleviate the threat of missing the cut, but he has plenty of work to do.

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