Olesen shares USPGA lead with Kisner

Angelica Greene
August 12, 2017

Sometimes the truth hurts but not if you're Jordan Spieth. Day has not enjoyed a good season, but he appears to have found his form at Quail Hollow. And right when it looked as though Spieth might throw away another major, he almost made an ace and followed that with an eagle on his way to winning the British Open. No one has ever completed it at the PGA Championship.

"There will be pressure", he said. I was focused on what we had left. So there will certainly be pressure. "It's not a burning desire to have to be the youngest to do something, and that would be the only reason there would be added expectations".

Despite the early hour, thousands of spectators, including swimming champion Michael Phelps, had already filed into Quail Hollow by time Spieth arrived at the tee at 8.23 a.m. local time (1223 GMT), a couple of minutes after Sergio Garcia and Brooks Koepka, the three majors champions of 2016 grouped together for the final major of the year.

So do Dustin Johnson and Jason Day. "But he is one to fear in that position because of what he's capable of doing and how he's going to do it". He earned his lifetime exemption at this major championship by winning at Crooked Stick in 1991. He says he hasn't felt this way since the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, right after he won the Masters for his first major.

"There are about four or five holes I have to birdie to compete and I birdied them all today", said South Carolinian Kisner.

Neither did Spieth. He missed a playoff by one shot.

But there was a moment he recalled that illustrates what it means to play freely.

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It was still five shots behind Thorbjorn Olesen, who shot 67 to lead the morning wave. He would love to see him on the team, but his play must improve.

Pre-tournament favourite Rory McIlroy also laboured to a 72 after finding water with his tee shot at the driveable par-four 14th. At that point, he looked a lot closer to a weekend off than the final leg of the career Grand Slam.

McIlroy made four bogeys in five holes on the front side, capped by a par putt lip-out at sixth. "I feel real comfortable here and I really like the golf course". "If I would have shot 1 over and didn't strike it well and everything was average, it would have been fine". That distinction is held by The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, officially 76 yards longer, but that track is essentially a links course, with bounce and roll helping players along.... "I didn't reach the green". "The rough's brutal. I don't care how far they hit it".

What does he have to lose?

"I'm pretty happy with, you know, where my mind-set was at", Day said. "But at the same time, it doesn't mean that you're not going to go out there and try as hard you can, because that's what we do".

After two days we've all learned, thanks to Kisner's performance, that what we thought we knew about statistics can be wildly misleading.

Els thinks world number three Matsuyama has "really paid his dues" by playing well in previous majors and hopes the Japanese player on Sunday becomes the first man from his country to win a major.

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