Jordan Spieth admits comeback at PGA Championship a tall order

Elias Hubbard
August 12, 2017

Kisner, one of the co-leaders of the 99th PGA Championship after play finished Friday night, has fired twin 67s to put him at 8-under 134.

The Offaly golfer was on course for a stunning second round score and was within touching distance of the leaders when lightning forced the field off the Quail Hollow course.

Ryan Fox, son of World Cup winning All Black, Grant, shot the lowest score of the day, a five under par 66, to close within seven of the lead.

After sinking a six-foot birdie putt at the par-4 12th, Kisner gave one back on the par-3 13th, missing the green, chipping back into the fairway, then rolling the ball to five feet and making his bogey putt.

With the tricky greens softer and slower after a 1-hour, 45-minute rain delay, Spieth missed birdie putts of between 10 and 40 feet on three consecutive holes: Nos.

Four bogeys in five holes on his back nine, with missed par putts from nine, four, eight and six feet, took him to the brink of extinction at four over. He said that not a single PGA Tour official reached out to him after his diagnosis to see how he was doing. "I just had really poor speed on my long ones". "That could have been a six or a seven quite easily".

It was an early moment of magic from the world No 4 but there was precious little else to cheer until he scrambled away from the cut line with those late birdies.

"I don't think I was as free rolling as I thought I would be, as you can tell by some frustration", he said.

"Given it's the first round, I know I'm still in it, but I know that tomorrow's round becomes that much more important", Spieth said.

Had he not birdied two of the easiest holes on the course, his chances of victory would have suffered a massive blow. "And there's a lot of putts that honestly, I'm not trying to make", Matsuyama said. I guess length is an asset around here, and that's definitely a strong part of my game.

Kisner carded a second successive 67 and shares the clubhouse lead with Japan's Hideki Matsuyama, who added a second-round 64 to his opening 70.

Back in May, Kisner won at Colonial and followed it a week later with a T6 at Memorial, two of the finest courses on the PGA Tour.

Rory McIlroy: "This is not the Quail Hollow we have gotten to know over the last ten years".

"It's a completely different golf course", McIlroy said. "Even if they didn't do anything else with the golf course and just changed it to full bermuda like it is now, all of a sudden makes the golf course two shots more hard".

Olesen has had a rough second round, having dropped four strokes through nine holes on Friday.

Those mistakes led to bogeys at the second, third, fifth and sixth before he rallied in true McIlroy style, converting five footers for birdie at the par-five seventh and short, par-four eighth before leaving a 12 footer hanging on the left lip at the last.

"I'll be plenty loose", Kisner said.

"Eagling 7 and having three birdies after that was nice".

"Let's be honest, I have one good side and it's a very hard a sport", Miller said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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