CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hideki Matsuyama and Kevin Kisner faced the toughest Quail Hollow had to offer and share the lead in the PGA Championship going into the weekend of the year’s final major.
Odds are Quail Hollow won’t be the same test the rest of the way.
Clouds quickly gathered Saturday morning about the time some two dozen players were finishing the rain-delayed second round. Chris Stroud picked up a birdie on the par-5 seventh and completed another 3-under 68 to inch closer to the lead. He was two shots behind, along with Jason Day.
Scattered storms were expected the rest of the weekend.
The change in the course was immediate after heavy rain halted play for nearly two hours Friday. Players were able to aim at flags, knowing the putting surfaces were soft enough that the ball wouldn’t roll too far.
Day spoke about being able to smash driver off the tee because it was less likely for the ball to bounce through the fairways and into the rough.
Now, it’s a sprint to the finish.
Kisner and Matsuyama, both leading a major for the first time, were at 8-under 134. Day and Stroud were two shots behind while Louis Oosthuizen and Francesco Molinari of Italy were three back.
Sixteen players remained under par.
Jordan Spieth figured he was too far back to chase the final leg of the career Grand Slam this year. He didn’t take advantage of the softened conditions and shot 73 to go into the weekend 11 shots…Read More