Matsuyama, Kisner Tied For Lead At PGA Championship

Matsuyama, Kisner Tied For Lead At PGA Championship

Rickie Fowler and Hideki Matsuyama are in a mix at 1 under.

The odds are he'll be forced to keep hunting for the career Grand Slam next year at Bellerive Country Club in Missouri in the 100th edition of the PGA Championship.

Matsuyama was among the tournament favourites after a final round 61 saw him win the WGC Bridgestone Invitational last week and he justified that tag to move to eight under overall. Among a group of players tied for fourth at five-under is Italian Francesco Molinari, who equalled Matsuyama's 64 in the afternoon group. It's so, so easy to envision him winning Open after Open after Open after PGA Championship that another big-time title almost seems inevitable. He went without a bogey in his second round and had four straight birdies at one point.

After ending the first round five strokes off the lead, Spieth acknowledged he needed to close the gap during Round Two to give himself a chance. The tee shot on 14, tee shot on 15, 18.

McIlroy, 28, could become only the third player to win five majors before turning 30, joining Nicklaus and Woods.

"I kind of accept the fact that I'm essentially out of this tournament, pending some form of insane stuff the next couple of days", Spieth said.

Thorbjorn Olesen and Kevin Kisner matched each other with long, curling birdies at the final hole to share a one-stroke lead, as Jordan Spieth slipped five strokes off the pace after the first round of the US PGA Championship yesterday morning (Singapore time).

Kisner, born in SC, has looked comfortable close to home as he tries to secure his first major title.

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"What's surprising is that he's never played here", Chamblee told Golf Channel.

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Olesen has won four times on the European Tour, including once in each of the past three seasons, but he's still searching for his first win of 2017.

"He told me he wants to be on the team more than anything", Stricker said.

This tournament is shaping up to be a coronation for Matsuyama.

Kisner, who is seeking his first major championship victory, has not fared well in the game's biggest events and is keen for that to change this week. They made No. 14 play under 300 yards on Friday and even played No. 8 to just 346 yards (McIlroy almost drove the green).

McIlroy managed to muster back-to-back birdies at the seventh and eighth (his 16th and 17th) to get back to two over and alleviate the threat of missing the cut, but he has plenty of work to do.