Matsuyama shares lead with Kisner

Ruben Ruiz
August 13, 2017

Asked what he remembers most about that playoff, Points said, "That most people probably don't even remember I was in that playoff with Rickie and Rory". He made both putts for eagle.

Third-ranked Matsuyama, trying to become the first Japanese man to win a major title, and 25th-ranked American Kisner, who won his second U.S. tour title in May at Colonial, still shared the second-round lead on eight-under par 134.

It comes as no surprise the red-hot Japan star shot a second-day 64 less than a week after capturing the WGC - Bridgestone Invitational to be sharing the PGA lead. "Make a lot of pars, and get to a par 5 or one of those short par 4s, I can do my wedge game and get it to 10 or 12 feet".

A score of +2 for the tournament with leave him 10 shots behind leader Kevin Kisner heading into moving day.

The 35-year-old Texan, who qualified by winning last week's Barracuda Championship in Reno, Nevada for his first PGA Tour win in his 290th event, birdied the par-five seventh hole and parred out for a six-under-par 136 total. Matsuyama fell a stroke back with his bogey on the first hole, and matched Kisner's birdie on No. 7.

Whatever nerves Kisner may have had were seemingly put to one side as the two-time victor on the PGA Tour spent the morning playing with his three-year-old daughter.

Stroud was bogey free with three birdies on a golf course he's as comfortable with as Woodland is. He began the round 11 strokes off the lead, and was hoping to become the youngest player to complete the career Grand Slam.

It's even more hard for two players in the same threesome to do it on back-to-back shots on the same hole.

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The other player in the threesome Jason Dufner must have felt a little embarrassed - he only managed a par.

Jordan Spieth acknowledged after the second round of the PGA Championship that it will take some "crazy stuff" for him to complete the career grand slam on Sunday.

Fellow Australian Adam Scott plummeted down the leaderboard with a 76 to share 70th at five-over.

Tiger Woods went nine straight years making the cut " 38 straight majors dating to the 1996 Masters " though he played all four of them each year (and won 10 of them before missing his first cut).

None of the three Met-area club pros was able to turn the PGA Championship into a magical week. The South African followed his opening round of 70 with a four-under 67 Friday. He had three holes to play, including the two easiest holes on the front nine. He had not missed a cut all year until The Open.

A single bogey on the 13th was the only blemish on his card and Kisner, who claimed the prestigious Colonial title, combined with two other runner-up spots on the PGA this season, feels he is on a roll.

Kisner and Olesen are one stroke clear of five players who posted 3-under 68s: U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka, two-time PGA Tour victor Gary Woodland, rookie Grayson Murray, a Raleigh resident, Chris Stroud and D.A. Points. Here are the players that trail Olesen and Kisner.

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