13 August, 2017
"The only option I had", he said. "I feel like my game truly suits the other three majors maybe more than the PGA championship". He chipped down to a foot and tapped it in for his par. DeChambeau needed both eagles to counter double bogeys on the second and ninth holes, both par 4s. Just no reason to bail out on those at this point in the position I was in.
"Any time you have a putt down grain, downhill. we just tap it and hope it stops by the hole", Jon Rahm said after a 70. "I haven't hit it this well this whole summer".
Chris Stroud, victor of last week's Barracuda Championship and the last player to make the PGA field, was 5 under for the tournament and still had five holes to play in the second round when play was suspended because of darkness Friday.
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.
We know Matsuyama is capable of running away from the field on Sunday, as he did with a final-round 61 to win the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational last week at Firestone.
Jason Day, the 2015 victor and third player in the final threesome, suffers a quadruple-bogey eight to stumble in with a 77 to tumble back to even par for the tournament. "Coming out this morning not wanting to be here, beat up, but I have used so little energy", Stroud said. When you have it going, you have it going.
Louis Oosthuizen posted a four-under 67 to join Molinari at five under, and Chris Stroud is five under with five holes left to play in his second round. Tournament officials sounded the horn at 4:43 with lightning in the area.
It soured a brief comeback during which Day bagged three consecutive birdies from the par-4 14th which kept him in the hunt despite dropping four shots through 13 holes.
It was the start of a run of three straight birdies for Day, but he finished bogey-quadruple bogey to shoot 77 and fall out of contention. Even my par putt on seven was a good putt.
At one point Friday, Fowler went over to talk to National Basketball Association star Andre Iguodola - who was following the group that included both Fowler and Rory McIlroy - while waiting to hit a shot.
McGirt will stay in the Tar Heel state for next week's Wyndham Championship in Greensboro at Sedgefield Country Club.
Hideki Matsuyama didn't have his best stuff but at six-under the world No.3 left himself a chance to become Japan's first male major victor; sitting one shot back of leader Kevin Kisner. That Quail Hollow win in 2012 followed several close calls, including a playoff loss in his second TOUR start as a pro (at the 2009 Frys.com Open) and two 54-hole leads that he failed to convert.
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