Mickelson misses US PGA Championship cut for first time in 22 years

Frederick Owens
August 12, 2017

Perhaps it will take winning a major to change that.

Jordan Spieth, who is attempting to become the sixth player in history to complete a career grand slam, is tied for 33rd after his one-over 72.

In 2019, the PGA Championship will move from August, when it is the fourth and most forlorn major, to May, a more desirable position between the Masters and the U.S. Open. By the time he finished, Points was 1-under after double bogeys on Nos. "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".

But as he chased down Kisner on the back nine, he went backwards instead, hitting just one fairway and one green in his first six holes after the turn.

After parring the 16th on the resumption, Lowry was distracted on the 177-yard 17th, carving his tee shot in the right rough before chipping through the green into the lake.

It didn't look as though anyone would get close. I had a good nine on the back nine yesterday but got away with some errant tee shots.

A light rain began falling not long after McIlroy's prediction.

Thanks to a storm delay of nearly two hours, there were 25 players who weren't so lucky and need to return Saturday morning to complete their final holes.

"I am in a nice position going into the weekend and I know Kevin is leading at 8-under but this golf course is going to play pretty hard over the weekend so I will just go out and keep doing what I have been doing". He shot 66 and was two shots behind. There were splotches of mud of the sides of golf balls. The storm delay did not stop him.

He ran off four straight birdies starting on No. 12 when he hit his approach into 12 feet. He identified four or five holes where he could make birdie, and he played for par everywhere else. A bogey on resumption was quickly erased by a monster 46ft putt on the 13 followed by another birdie on 14.

Meanwhile, the fast greens at Quail Hollow came into focus on a warm, humid yet relatively calm day in North Carolina.

"I can't putt any worse than I did today", said Spieth. It's just these last two days I haven't scored very well.

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"I had an 8-iron in my hands on the 17th and I was licking my chops at the thoughts of giver me another birdie".

"There were too many".

His aim at the ATB Financial Classic is to make the cut, though he says a hectic week of media interviews, continual fundraising and practicing hasn't allowed him to think about potential celebrations.

The second round was halted by darkness, leaving 26 players who had to return Saturday morning. That included Chris Stroud, who was 5 under and had five holes remaining.

"It's a completely different golf course", McIlroy said.

It has worked to near perfection through two rounds, particularly on the par 5s: a wedge to 10 feet on No. 10; a wedge to 5 feet on No. 15; and the eagle putt on No. 7 that rolled against the pin and disappeared. "But I've just got to focus on just trying to control what I can do out there".

The ball wound up in the fairway, and Koepka went on to bogey the par-4 hole - the first of the course's challenging "Green Mile" finishing stretch of three holes. I haven't hit it this well this whole summer. Managed to keep it in play a lot better today.

Justin Thomas (66), Rickie Fowler (70) and Paul Casey (70) were five shots behind.

Matsuyama went on a torrid stretch a year ago when he won four times and was runner-up twice during a stretch of six tournaments. This was his 10th consecutive round under par in the PGA Championship, nine of them in the 60s.

Growing up only a two-hour drive south of the course, Kisner has long played on the Bermuda grass installed around much of the course ahead of hosting its first major. he knows driving accuracy is crucial.

"Just felt like the old days", he said, "which is only a year ago".

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