He might not be a household name on the major golf scene. He’s now ninth on the PGA Tour’s FedExCup standings and seventh in the U.S. Presidents Cup standings.
Come Sunday evening, Kevin Kisner could be known as the 2017 PGA champion.
“I knew very early on that I was going to have to create these cards into one of the greatest success stories”.
It started out of the gate at the par-5 10th, his first, when after an errant drive he found himself way right with his second and having to bounce his ball along a cart path to reach the edge of the green.
“It’s not like I’m hitting the ball crooked, I’m just hitting it in the wrong spots”. A lot of average finishes. “I have no excuses other than I just wasn’t ready to play“.
“And how many times I’ve read through those articles or looked at those tee times and seen guys that I knew”.
An eagle on the par5 7 sparked an impressive run from the Queenslander who went on to birdie 8, 9 and 10 before play was suspended.
“I had to give him a hug for it”, Day said. “Been here a ton”.
Scattered storms are in the forecast all week at Quail Hollow Club, which is likely to make the 7,600-yard course feel even longer. He shot 66 and was two shots behind.
Meanwhile, Francesco Molinari, after a first-round 73, bolted into contention with a 64, too, matching Matsuyama for the lowest round of the tournament.
Atop the leaderboard sits American Kisner who shot four-under during his second round to put him at eight-under overall and equal with Japanese world number three Matsuyama who put in a classy bogey-free seven-under round. There’s birdies. I made six yesterday. I think around the green has been poor, but I think tee to green I have been pretty solid. There’s opportunities to do it. You have got to minimize the amount of mistakes.
“I played OK after that but I wasn’t fusing it off the tee, and I had to scramble a bit off the tee”.
Steve Stricker is a machine.
But the 27-year-old, making his 14th major appearance, feels he is more ready than ever to contend.
While it is only the second time Mickelson, 47, has missed the cut in the last major of the season, it is the second straight grand slam event in which he did not make it to the weekend.
Hideki Matsuyama: “I’m probably not playing as well as I did at the end of a year ago”. I wanted to be around this weekend. Hit a lot of good quality shots. He made birdie on the par-3 17th hole. “Today was a little bit better”. The five-time major victor missed the cut last month in The Open at Royal Birkdale.
Lahiri, who finished fifth at the 2015 PGA Championship, had a specific goal in mind.
Hideki Matsuyama has golfing history in his sights as day three of the US PGA Championship kicks off at Quail Hollow.
The speed of the greens at Quail Hollow became a talking point on the opening day. It was the first hole-in-one on the newly constructed hole and the first in a PGA Championship since 2013 by Tim Clark.
Ranked 87th in the world, Lee’s round included six bogeys, a double bogey and three birdies. “I’m happy with where I am”. Lee is tied for 95th a shot back.
He took only 23 putts and can’t explain why they seem to be going in except that he switched to a new putter last week. I guess length is an asset around here, and that’s definitely a strong part of my game. “It was nice to take advantage of that today and also see a few putts go in on top of that”.