How locals fared in the second round of the PGA Championship

He apologized two days later and returned the following year at Pebble Beach, where he made a 14 on the par-5 18th hole, withdrew after his opening-round 83, dumped three balls into the Pacific Ocean and hit another into a backyard adjacent to the fairway.

At the end of the day, Kevin Kisner led the championship at seven under par, having dropped three strokes over his last three holes.

It’s such a cliché. That’s why I play golf now, because I was better than everybody else at golf.

“It’s incredible”, said the then 20-year-old McIlroy.

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“It’s fun to do that at a regular tour event but at a PGA Championship that’s pretty cool”, said the world number 117. He shot 59 in Hawaii in January and 63 at the U.S. Open. It might seem like a lot the way Matsuyama and Kisner are playing, but it doesn’t to Thomas. The next step is competing and winning major championships.

He’s one ahead of Francesco Molinari, Louis Oosthuizen and Chris Stroud.

Kisner had a two-shot lead with three holes to play when he hit a shot into the water on the 16th hole and made double bogey.

Day plunged out of contention with a quadruple-bogey at the last, while Kisner eked out a one-over 72 on a Quail Hollow course that bared its teeth despite little wind. So much so that after his third-round two-under 69 he headed straight to the range in the encroaching darkness to figure out why he wasn’t able to dial up his reliable fade on demand. 14-15). That helped him to a 68, moving to 2 under for the tournament and into a tie for seventh place. He had three birdies and one bogey on his card.

Golf has always been about minimizing the mistakes more than rounds of 59 or 63 (his third-round tally at the U.S. Open), particularly in the throes of a white-knuckle major championship.

“I’d have to say my putting has really saved me”, Matsuyama said through a translator.

“I feel like my game truly suits the other three majors maybe more than a PGA Championship“. When you have the approach that (Kisner) has, I think it’s going to serve him well.

“That’s what Tiger did so well”. Four-over for the front nine, he was five-over for the tournament before he birdied the 12th. “What I did [Saturday] was definitely a confidence boost”.

And for players like Rod Pampling, who was way outside the cut line, the last thing they want to do is come back to play a few holes before going home.

Matsuyama said through an interpreter that he had “no words of advice” for Day, “but let’s go get ’em tomorrow”.

“That was just a bonus, are you kidding me?” he said of the 16th.