Hideki Matsuyama hoping to work Sunday magic again at PGA Championship

Ruben Hill
August 13, 2017

Then the storms arrived, and everything changed.

Hideki Matsuyama charged into position to become the first Japanese man to win a major after joining Kevin Kisner in the second-round lead on eight-under-par at the PGA Championship on Friday.

Long-hitting American J.B. Holmes, a victor of the PGA Tour event here past year, is five-under on his round through 10 holes.

They speak of Southern hospitality a lot in these parts, but you won't find much of a warm welcome when it comes to the new first hole they've rolled out at Quail Hollow Club for the PGA Championship. Two birdies (12th and 18th holes) helped him finish the day at 72 which takes his 36-hole total to three-over 145.

Day was unable to stop his fall on the next hole, taking a bogey on No. 13 that brought his score for the day to four over par.

At one point Friday, Fowler went over to talk to National Basketball Association star Andre Iguodola - who was following the group that included both Fowler and Rory McIlroy - while waiting to hit a shot.

But that was before the rain.

For the first time in his career, Matsuyama leads at a major after two rounds.

Matsuyama has more experience on the big stage.

We know Matsuyama is capable of running away from the field on Sunday, as he did with a final-round 61 to win the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational last week at Firestone.

Kisner is all about grit and a sharp short game. They are both two shots ahead of Day. I could and should have finished at least in the under-par zone.

Day will forever regret his brain explosion after cutting the ears off his drive, and trying to play a miracle shot around the trees to get back in the frame. He started to show signs of turning the corner last week at Firestone. He drove the green on the 301-yard, par-4 14th and sank a 15-foot putt for a 2. "Disappointing would have been going home after two days", he said. "And being able to combine that today, just felt like the old days - which is only previous year".

"I'm probably not playing as well as I did at the end of past year".

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) " Jordan Spieth all but conceded that his pursuit of the career Grand Slam will have to wait until next year. Mickelson hasn't missed a team event since 1993. Stroud promptly bogeyed the par-three 17th to leave Kisner on top by one stroke. With one birdie, it's going to be hard to post a solid round. "Onto the weekend to try and fire at stuff".

Play will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the conclusion of the second round.

That brings Justin Thomas, and Graham DeLaet into contention.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER