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The Latest: PGA Championship turns into a track meet

August 12, 2017
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times local):

8:16 p.m.

The PGA Championship has turned into a track meet.

Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson have spent the last two holes running to their ball after striking it quickly in an effort to get the second round in before darkness.

A 1 hour, 45-minute rain delay put everyone on the course behind.

The group that included Day played particularly slow and eventually fell behind by an entire hole. They finally began playing "ready golf" with Johnson rushing up the fairway on No. 18 to hit his second shot just after Day teed off.

The group did finish the round as darkness leaving it almost impossible to see their balls on the green.

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7:40 p.m.

Hideki Matsuyama barely missed a birdie putt on the 18th hole that would have given him sole possession of the lead at the PGA Championship.

Instead, Matsuyama will have to settle for a share of the second-round lead at 8 under with Kevin Kisner after shooting 64 on Friday — the lowest round of the tournament so far.

Matsuyama had a bogey-free round that including seven birdies, five on the final seven holes. Two of those birdies came after he was forced off the course due to a 1 hour, 43 minute rain delay.

Matsuyama won the WGC Bridgestone Invitational last week after shooting a final-round 61.

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7:10 p.m.

Ryan Fox is making the most of his first professional tournament on American soil.

The New Zealander posted the lowest round so far at the PGA Tournament earlier today when he shot 5 under 66. Fox is tied for 10th place at 1 under at the midway point of the tournament.

Fox, 30, joined the European Tour in 2016 and has two top 10 finishes this year but no wins. He's never been in contention for a major so he's not putting any pressure on himself. He said he's playing like a guy who has nothing to lose.

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5:50 p.m.

Tournament officials have announced the PGA Championship is expected to resume at approximately 6:25 p.m. Play has been suspended since 4:43 due to weather.

Kevin Kisner is leading the tournament and in the clubhouse at 8 under par after 36 holes, while Hideki Matsuyama is two shots back with five holes to play.

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5:05 p.m.

The 10th hole allowed only one wild par Friday at the PGA Championship when Rory McIlroy bounced a shot up a cart path and through a bunker. Jordan Spieth wasn't so fortunate.

His tee shot was so for right on the par 5 that he had to drop in pine straw — but not before he cleaned up a spot for him to take his relief from a cart path. It didn't do him any good. Spieth pulled his shot and went into more pine straw 111 yards away from the pin. He tried to play that one over a bunker and onto the green, but it hit a branch and dropped into — you guessed it — more pine straw.

His fourth shot came up short of the green, and he chipped up and made the putt for bogey.

Spieth was 11 shots behind Kevin Kisner when play was suspended by storms.

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4:43 p.m.

Play has been suspended at the PGA Championship because of approaching bad weather.

It has been raining here off and on throughout the day at Quail Hollow Club, but the tournament officials sounded the horn at 4:43 with lightning in the area.

It comes just as Hideki Matsuyama was making a run up the leaderboard at the PGA Championship.

Fresh off a final round 61 that earned him a victory last week at the Bridgestone Invitational, Matsuyama has found his groove again and is 5 under par through 14 holes on the day. He is two shots back of leader Kevin Kisner.

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3:35 p.m.

Steve Stricker was 11 shots out of the lead and feeling the heat. He had not missed a cut in a major since the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine, and at 5 over for the tournament, he was outside the cut line at Quail Hollow.

The 50-year-old Stricker responded with his best shots of the day. He hit 3-wood onto the green at the par-4 14th to 18 feet. On the next hole, he hit another 3-wood to 20 feet on the par-5 15th. Stricker can't remember the last time he had eagle putts on successive holes. He missed them both, but the birdies sent him to a 70 and he made the cut.

Stricker now has gone eight consecutive years without missing a cut in a major.

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3:15 p.m.

There was a brief shower and overcast skies at the PGA Championship.

Rain began falling at Quail Hollow Club during the afternoon of the second round. Showers have been in the forecast all week in Charlotte, though the first round was completed in dry conditions.

Tournament officials posted signs warning fans of the threat of severe weather at about 2:30 p.m. and heavier showers began roughly 30 minutes later.

Play continued through the rain before it cleared up.

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1:54 p.m.

American Kevin Kisner has opened a commanding 4-shot lead at the PGA Championship.

Kisner shot 67 for the second straight day on Friday to move to 8 under, four shots ahead of Thorbjorn Olesen and Gary Woodland, who are just beginning their second rounds. Kiser's round was helped by an eagle at No. 7.

The 33-year Kisner entered the tournament ranked 25th in the world rankings.

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1:15 p.m.

The PGA Championship will feature at least one club professional on the weekend at Quail Hollow.

Omar Uresti shot 32 on the back nine and rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt on his final hole for a 1-under 70 and was at 2-over 144, which appeared certain to make the cut. It will be only the second time in the last six years that a club pro makes the cut in the PGA Championship.

Uresti doesn't seem like a club pro because he made 350 starts on the PGA Tour. The 49-year-old Texan never qualified for the PGA Championship when he was on tour.

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12:15 p.m.

Phil Mickelson finally has his first birdie of the PGA Championship.

He broke his drought Friday with a birdie on No. 4 — his 13th hole of his second round.

He shot no better than par on any of his first 30 holes of the season's final major championship.

Mickelson plopped his tee shot on the 185-yard, par-3 fourth about 20 feet from the flagstick and rolled in his putt. That briefly moved him to 10 over.

But Lefty immediately gave back that stroke with a bogey on the par-4 fifth — his 12th of the tournament.

His struggles have been an intriguing subplot at a Quail Hollow Club course he considers one of his favorites on the PGA Tour.

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11:45 a.m.

Kevin Na couldn't have started the second round of the PGA Championship much better.

Na birdied five of his first six holes to briefly move to 3 over for the tournament.

Na started the day with a long way to go, opening with a 79 Thursday that left him 12 strokes behind the first-round co-leaders.

He began his round on the back nine, and his only par was on the par-4 12th.

But in a common theme for many players, the Green Mile at Quail Hollow Club tripped him up.

He gave back one of those strokes with a bogey on 16 after missing a 10-foot par putt, dropping to 4 over.

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11:20 a.m.

Rickie Fowler is keeping up his birdie binge at the PGA Championship.

Fowler picked up two more during his first nine holes of the second round, including one on the tricky 17th hole. That gives him eight birdies through 1½ rounds.

He made the turn at 1 under for the day and 3 under for the tournament — three strokes behind leader Kevin Kisner.

The 177-yard, par-3 17th yielded just five birdies during the first round. That's the fewest of any hole at Quail Hollow Club.

Fowler had a birdie on the 14th and another on the 17th after plopping his tee shot about 15 feet from the flagstick and making the putt.

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10:50 a.m.

Phil Mickelson has played 1½ rounds without a birdie or better at the PGA Championship.

Mickelson started the second round on the back nine and had bogeys on three of his first nine holes. That moved him to 3 over for the day and 11 over for the tournament.

It also dropped him into a tie for 141st place. There were 154 players remaining in the field.

On Thursday, Lefty shot a 79 for his worst round at a PGA Championship. It came at a Quail Hollow Club course he considers one of his favorites on the PGA Tour.

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10:30 a.m.

Rory McIlroy was never so excited to make par.

Starting on the par-5 10th hole, McIlroy's second shot sailed toward the gallery. The ball hit a downhill cart path and kept on rolling before settling in the rough of the 11th hole.

Instead of going over the trees, McIlroy chose to hit a 6 iron from 110 yards , skipping it along the cart path into the bunker, then out of bunker and across the green until in landed on the fringe on the other side. Two putts later, he had his par.

McIlroy is 1 under for the day and par for the tournament.

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10 a.m.

Kevin Kisner has taken sole possession of the lead at the PGA Championship after birdieing two of his first three holes.

Kisner started his round on the back nine. He moved to 6 under after birdies on No. 10 and 12, but gave a shot back on No. 13 with a bogey. He is currently 5 under, one shot ahead of Thorbjorn Olesen, who will tee off in the afternoon.

Kisner won the Dean & Deluca Invitational this year but has never won a major. He finished 18th at the PGA Championship last year.

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9:25 a.m.

Rory McIlroy opened the second round of the PGA Championship with three straight pars. The 28-year-old from Northern Ireland is looking to make up ground on leaders Thorbjorn Olesen and Kevin Kisner, who are five shots ahead.

The 2012 and 2014 PGA Championship winner is considered a favorite this week, along with Jordan Spieth, to take home the Wanamaker Trophy. McIlroy started the day at 1 over for the tournament.

McIlroy had a three-hole stretch Thursday that included a double bogey after he had reached 2 under for the tournament. He noted the grainy greens of the Quail Hollow course were fast and difficult.

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8 a.m.

Jordan Spieth wasn't overly worried about being five shots behind after one round of the PGA Championship. He just wants to make sure the deficit is a little smaller after the next round.

Spieth, who needs this major to complete the career Grand Slam, will know the target by the time he tees off at Quail Hollow on Friday afternoon.

Kevin Kisner, who shared the 18-hole lead at 4-under 67 with Thorbjorn Olesen, was among the early starters on another calm morning with a few gathering clouds.

Rory McIlroy let a good round get away from him and shot 72, the same score as Spieth. McIlroy also plays Friday morning and is hopeful the slightly smoother greens will allow him to make more putts.

 
 

 

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