He’s never finished better than T47 at a major and is attempting to win his second PGA Tour event after picking up a victory at the Barracuda Championship in a playoff this year.
Top scores (USA unless specified): 67: Thorbjorn Olesen (Den), Kevin Kisner.
Par-5, 546-yard No. 7: It’s the shortest par-5 on the course, and most thrived. “You just need to keep everything together”. On consecutive holes, he ran long putts some 10 feet by the cup and made bogey. As did Paul Casey, whose two-under for the tournament turned into even-par.
Jordan Spieth’s quest to complete the grand slam will have to wait 12 months. Oosthuizen, at five under, was vying for the lead at this point, while Holmes was hovering just inside the cutline. Not really controlling my thought process, where I want the ball to go. “That’s just a major”. You’ve got to stay patient. He had a tiresome finish, which on this day allowed him to make up ground.
That’s the way Kisner approached it.
Robert Streb holes out for eagle from 156 yards at the par-four 12th hole.
The double-bogey on the 18th had basically been hammer meets nail time for his record-breaking aspirations. “But I’ve got to play well in them is the thing”. He went from fourth place to a tie for 16th in the span of one hole.
Kisner did that as well as anyone for so much of the day.
“It was a little bit of a safe shot into the green”, he said.
It’s been a hard time for Mickelson on the golf course since he and longtime caddie, James “Bones” Mackay, split late in June. “I know he’s struggling right now and I told him I’d like to see him play well here on out and to show me something”. It was very, very fast.
Rickie Fowler made plenty of birdies, and he needed them to offset his triple bogey on the sixth hole. One swing changed everything.
The 47-year-old Hall of Famer finished 11 over through 36 holes at the PGA on Friday and is expected to miss the cut for the first time since 1995. He failed to birdie the par-5 15th and closed with three pars for a 72.
Hideki Matsuyama, Dustin Johnson and Jason Day were among those at 1-under 70. That was his main concern. “If I play well in them and don’t make it, I have a chance to be a pick”. “The only option I had”, he said. “If I would have shot 1 over and didn’t strike it well and everything was average, it would have been fine”. “However, I’m happy to just to be one stroke back and still have a chance”.
At least he was still in the game.
“That’s what I grew up practicing and playing, to play on the PGA Tour and to have a chance in major championships”, he said.
Spaniard Jon Rahm and playing partner Steve Stricker doubled as well.