Unknown Olesen shares first-round lead at PGA Championship

Danny Woods
August 13, 2017

"Get me to the airport, fast", he said upon leaving.

He sent his second shot into the primary rough 75 feet from the flagstick on the right side of the green, but chipped to about 5 feet and sank that putt for the birdie. 1-5 - and especially the par-3 fourth hole - receiving the brunt of the criticism.

But having shot previous rounds of 61 and 62 at the course in North Carolina, McIlroy conceded that the revamped 7,600-yard layout was a very different proposition.

As Spieth came off the course and made his way to the scoring area, he passed Phelps, who was standing on the practice green waiting for Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy to tee off. He was joined by Gary Woodland, Koepka and Chris Stroud, who qualified for the PGA Championship only by winning last week at the Barracuda Championship.

Spieth was happy to get through with a 72 in his quest to become the sixth 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. If he had finished his round at 4 over - that would have required one birdie and two pars - the cut would have gone to 4 over and eliminated Adam Scott, Charles Howell III and Kevin Chappell.

STILL IN THE HUNT: With 26 players still trying to finish the second round, 17 players remained under par.

Jordan Spieth started his quest to complete the Grand Slam saying he did not feel any undue pressure, but his tune changed after a frustrating first round on the greens at Quail Hollow.

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But even though he continues to look a shadow of the player who won made it back-to-back Majors with that 2014 victory in this event, the Quail Hollow course record holder refuses to accept this as a lost cause.

Kisner, ranked 25th, birdied three holes in a row on the front nine. The South African followed his opening round of 70 with a four-under 67 Friday. He played his first 12 holes in three-over par, but quickly rediscovered his form.

The Ohio-based Queenslander has only managed top-30 results at the Masters and British Opens and he missed the cut at the US Open.

"This is not the Quail Hollow we have gotten to know over the last 10 years", he said.

Kisner has fired back-to-back rounds of 67 and is clearly consistent, while Matsuyama served notice that he is going to make a serious run at his first major title after shooting a seven-under-par 64 in Friday's round.

Japan's Hideki Matsuyama carded a 1-under-par 70 on Thursday to sit three shots off the lead after the first round of the PGA Championship, the last of the men's four major golf tournaments of the season. He hit wedge to 25 feet, but rolled the downhill putt about 6 feet by and missed that one coming back.

Matsuyama and Kisner were at 8-under 134.

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