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Highlights of Friday's second round of the PGA Championship

13 Agosto 2017, 10:27 | Crisanna Felipe

Mike Ehrmann

PGA Championship- Round One

American Kevin Kisner had set the early halfway target at eight-under par after his second straight 67, with Rickie Fowler his nearest challenger in the clubhouse on three-under. "I wanted to be around this weekend", said Stricker, who last missed a cut in a major at the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine. "I feel like I have the game to compete in majors, and tons of 30th- to 40th-, 50th-place finishes".

In round one, it yielded 11 birdies and round two, just four, the fewest of any hole.

The Wiltshire man, who bounced back superbly on day one with five birdies in his final 13 holes having opened his round with a double-bogey on the first, made a contrasting start today. "I'm just hitting it in the wrong spots".

He struck two birdies in the last three holes on a golf course that was not playing easy by any means.

"I think what was making me exhausted was I wasn't hitting my driver like I wanted to".

The second round will resume on Saturday at 7.30 a.m. local time (1130 GMT). "We haven't played well in them yet this year but every year you learn more about the majors and how to approach them".

Matsuyama fired a 61 last Sunday to win the World Golf Championships event in Akron, calling it the best round of his career.

Playing in Saturday's final group with Kisner and Matsuyama, Day's nightmare round was epitomised by a freaky decision on the par-four 18th hole to go for the green with his approach after finding trouble from the tee.

"I don't know if it's the new putter I'm using, but the greens here are really fast and I'm not expecting my putts to fall. I was able to lay down in the locker room and get some rest", world number three Matsuyama said.

"Sometimes, I get a little too aggressive, like on 18".

Despite his struggles, the 25-year-old played the hard final three holes better than his rivals, parring them all to finish the day much closer than he expected an hour previously.

McGirt, who teed off at 1:10 p.m. Friday, completed 11 holes before the horn sounded while he was preparing for a putt on the par-4 third hole.

The 25-year-old from Japan was even on the front nine with one birdie and one bogey but failed to take advantage of opportunities on the back with pars at both par-5s. 14-16, only to be stuck with a double-bogey on the final hole.

He finished the tournament at 8 over, three shots off the cut line.

An adventurous back nine by 2015 PGA victor Jason Day serves as one example of the toll Quail Hollow is taking.

Day's playing partner Matsuyama lacked the precision of his previous rounds and carded three bogeys as he bids to become Japan's first male major victor.



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