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McIlroy Blames "Complete Different" Course After Tough 2nd Round At The PGA

McIlroy Blames

PGA officials said the move was made because it spreads the major dates out and gives other events such as the Ryder Cup and the Presidents Cup a little more breathing room. He made both putts for eagle.

Back-to-back four-under 67s at Quail Hollow saw Kisner grab a surprise share of the 36-hole lead, while Matsuyama fired a blistering 64 in the second round.

Fowler was already two under through four holes when he caught the lip of the fairway bunker on his second shot on the fifth, and the hole snowballed from there.

Phelps saw much that he liked when Spieth, who started on the course's more hard back nine, completed his first nine at par despite fighting his putter. From there, he shot 66-62 and won by four shots over Phil Mickelson.

Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas and Paul Casey are three under and have an excellent shot to make a run at the Wanamaker Trophy that goes to the victor of the PGA Championship.

Fourth-ranked Rory McIlroy shared 29th on 144, 10 strokes adrift but hopeful of a weekend fightback.

Spieth was happy to get through with a 72 in his quest to become the sixth player to complete the career Grand Slam. Day was joined by Chris Stroud at two strokes back.

McIlroy had to play an outrageous recovery shot on his opening hole - the par five tenth - bouncing his ball eighty yards down a cart track and sending it scuttling through the back of the green.

STILL IN THE HUNT: With 26 players still trying to finish the second round, 17 players remained under par. He failed to birdie the drivable par-4 14th or the par-5 15th, missing a birdie putt from just inside 10 feet.

"If I were to finish par, par, par, I would have thrown myself out of the tournament", said Spieth, who added: "Recognizing where we were on the golf course and what holes we had played and what holes were left was important in really zeroing in and hitting my targets at the finish line".

THE CHASER: Day hasn't won since The Players Championship last May, back when he was No. 1 in the world by such a margin that he stayed at the top of the ranking the rest of the year without winning. He is 2-under after shooting a 1-under 70 Friday. He played his first 12 holes in three-over par, but quickly rediscovered his form.

Adam Scott, meanwhile, was spared a missed cut.

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

The action gets serious at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, as the PGA Championship hits a critical point on moving day, with Kevin Kisner and Hideki Matsuyama sharing the lead.

Kisner and Olesen are one stroke clear of five players who posted 3-under 68s: U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka, two-time PGA Tour victor Gary Woodland, rookie Grayson Murray, a Raleigh resident, Chris Stroud and D.A. Points.

Matsuyama and Kisner were at 8-under 134.



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