More importantly, he managed to keep the lead.
“I’m obviously not scoring well, and I hit the ball in every bad spot, ” Mickelson said after finishing 36 holes at 153, 11-over par and well outside the projected cut line.
“I had a chance to run away from guys and take people out of the tournament that were four or five (or) six back, and I didn’t do it”. And I didn’t do it.
“This is probably the easiest one I’ve had to prepare for because I know the golf course so well and I’ve been up here a lot”.
If the closing stretch taught him something, it was to prepare for anything.
Jason Day was not quite as lucky after the rain. His feet slipped on the pine straw and the ball wound up in a waist-high flower bed. He shot 77 and was in no mood to discuss the round. He’s also a former victor on the Web.com Tour, has six Mackenzie-PGA Tour Canada titles and is a former PGA Championship of Canada victor.
“It’s just a dream come true to be here”, he said.
Kisner and Matsuyama were the co-leaders at 8 under after two rounds.
Regarding the hug, that was earned for teeing off on the 18th hole just prior to the horn sounding to suspend play due to darkness. He was smoking hot Friday with a 64, tied for the best round in the first two days. He had a tiresome finish, which on this day allowed him to make up ground.
Kisner’s back-to-back 67s have him halfway home to his first major and only second tour victory, but that is less remarkable than the way he’s done it.
“It’s not a factor when I’m out on the course, but it’s a factor off the course in terms of how much time I can practice”, said McIlroy.
“It’s a hard mindset, where you’re nearly holding on, holding on, and then you’re like, ‘Oh, I’ve got to birdie!”
Justin Thomas: The Kentuckian is in the chase after a 2-under round of 69.
It was everyone else in the hunt that fell apart. Between holes 7 and 14, Day was six under par, getting to -6 for the tournament, when the delay interrupted his birdie parade.
He can count on two FedEx Cup playoff events, but he’ll probably have to show some form to advance through the PGA Tour’s postseason and, more importantly to him, give U.S. captain Steve Stricker a reason to pick him for the Presidents Cup.
Jason Day tried an ill-advised hook shot from the right rough on the 18th hole and wound up near a grandstand. He nestled a 34-foot putt inside a foot to make par, then raced to the 18th tee and hit a 310-yard drive in the fairway while Stenson and Day finished the 17th hole. He did bogey the last two holes, but the amazingly upbeat and positive golfer, who played collegiately at Lamar, hardly let it faze him. He was seven behind.
Hideki Matsuyama retains favouritism and any kind of the golf he played last week in Bridgestone or on Friday at Quail Hollow you’d expect him to be marching off with his first Major championship. He looked more like Jean Van de Velde, famous for his collapse in the 1999 British Open, except that Day was standing amid bushes of flowers instead of knee deep in the burn at Carnoustie. That’s out of the 570 different players who have recorded at least one competitive round there. The South African had his own problems. “That’s what can happen on this golf course”.
Kisner did that as well as anyone for so much of the day.
“As soon as you think you’re on top of things, it finds a way to kick you right in the face”, Kisner said.
Of course, that total was accumulated during the 14 years that Quail Hollow hosted the Wells Fargo Championship.