Rory McIlroy and his fantastic cart-path par

Lynette Rowe
August 14, 2017

Playing in the final group and four strokes off the lead, Day pushed his tee shot on Quail Hollow's lengthy par-4 closing hole into the trees on the right side.

Long after 25th-ranked Kisner reached the clubhouse with his second consecutive 67, players once fearful of lightning-fast greens attacked the dampened putting surfaces after the delay and soared up the leaderboard.

The 29-year-old Australian finished tied for 22nd at the Masters, missed the cut at the U.S. Open and was tied for 27th at the British Open.

Yet one-over 72 and tied-33rd on the opening day at the PGA Championships is not a disaster and I am only five behind as there were no too many deep scores.

With a victory this week, Spieth would've become just the sixth player to complete the career slam - and at just three weeks past his 24th birthday, the youngest.

"I just want to see if I can get a couple of rounds in the 60s", he said.

He can count on two FedEx Cup playoff events, but he'll probably have to show some form to advance through the PGA Tour's postseason and, more importantly to him, give US captain Steve Stricker a reason to pick him for the Presidents Cup.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — John Daly struggled on his final hole Thursday. "He's working hard", Day said.

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On Friday, Phil Mickelson shot a 74 to finish 11-over par for his two rounds at the PGA Championship.

"It's not easy to make up shots on this course, and if I'd been another two back it would have made things a lot more hard". He had seven bogeys and a double-bogey, and just one birdie. "I'm sure there will be nerves in there, but that's what we play for and that's what we practice for".

Hideki Matsuyama made only one birdie and wasted two good scoring chances on the back nine.

Kisner, a US PGA Tour victor three months ago at Colonial, won his first US PGA Tour victory at Sea Island, Georgia, in 2015 in his 109th attempt. The goal was to try and get on the PGA Tour and then from there see what happens. "I think a big step is just understanding that no lead is safe".

For the second straight day, McIlroy went through a bad stretch of holes that sent him further away from the lead. I think that's why I feel like I'm ready to win major championships now versus a year ago, I probably didn't have that.

"It's a very demanding golf course". "When that putt went in, you shake your head and it was pretty unreal".

Ahead of today's round, McIlroy insisted that Quail Hollow - where he has twice set a course record in the past 10 years - "gives you chances" to turn your luck around. "I just love it". Instead, he went into the bushes, took a penalty drop, went into the rough and wound up with a quadruple-bogey 8.

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