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WATCH: Kisner Starts Fast, Matsuyama Catches Up

Hideki Matsuyama shot 64 on Friday at Quail Hollow Club during the 2017 PGA Championship. (Photo credit: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

For the second day in a row, a number went up early, one that looked like it would lead with ease, but the guy who shot it had to wait five hours to see if it held. And for the second day in a row, it didn’t.

When the horn blew due to darkness at 8:11 p.m. with players still on the course, Kevin Kisner, who lives an easy two-hour drive south of Quail Hollow in Aiken, S.C., sat atop the leaderboard at 8 under along with Hideki Matsuyama, ranked No. 3 in the world and the hottest player in the game.

PGA Championship 2nd Round
Hideki Matsuyama -8
Kevin Kisner -8
Jason Day -6
Francesco Molinari
Louis Oosthuizen -5
Chris Stroud -5
Rickie Fowler  -3
Justin Thomas  -3
Paul Casey -3
Byeong Hun An


Kisner, who tied the 4-under lead late on Thursday, put up his second straight 67 early on Friday when the course was as firm and fast as ever. He hit it beautifully, splitting the middle of most fairways and making only one bogey (at the par-3 13th) to go with three birdies and an eagle.

That 8-under total looked like it would hold, until 4:43 when a thunderstorm blew through Charlotte and delayed play for an hour and 23 minutes. During that time, Quail Hollow went from a snarling beast to a lapdog. Soft and calm, the afternoon wave threw darts at the greens. Matsuyama took full advantage, making four birdies in a row starting at 12, and holing another birdie at 17. A two-putt par at 18 and Matsuyama got in before dark with a 64, tied for low round of the week.

“I’m just excited about the opportunity,” Kisner said. “I’m really fired up about the way I’m hitting the golf ball. I haven’t hit it this well this whole summer. A lot of average finishes. When I start hitting it the way I am now, I play well. I’m looking forward to the weekend and having an opportunity to keep making birdies and playing well.”


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