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US PGA Championship 2017: Rory McIlroy loses ground on leaders

US PGA Championship 2017: Rory McIlroy loses ground on leaders”

And he can't wait to compete over the final two days of the tournament in hopes of raising the Wanamaker Trophy on Sunday afternoon.

So he's approaching the final two rounds of the PGA Championship like he has nothing to lose.

"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. "That's already set. It's more so in between the ears, making sure I make the right decisions and not get ahead of myself".

Not the case with Kevin Kisner, who holed his third from off the green for eagle at the seventh, his 16th, to extend his lead to four over joint overnight leader Thorbjorn Olesen, who had yet to start.

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The popular American had two birdies and just one bogey on his scorecard and he remained in contention for a maiden major despite failing to birdie any of the par fives in round two.

Instead, it more than doubled.

Day's nightmare round was epitomised by a odd decision on the par-4 18th hole to go for the green with his approach after finding trouble from the tee. "It's a tough track where they are putting these flag sticks". It makes it tough to score. When I got out here, my dream was to win.

Both made birdie on the 18th hole with lengthy putts that trickled - and trickled - into the cup.

That came after he ran into trouble on the 10th.

Unfortunately for him, the ball hit a cart path.

With a tree directly in front of him and needing to hit a sizeable hook off pine straw around a swath of trees, the Australian blocked his second shot into a shrub and had to take a penalty drop en route to his crippling quadruple-bogey. I found myself in the left rough off the tee and things did not go too well and off the third shot I went into right rough and reached green in four and two-putted. After a steady four holes I missed a small five-footer for par on par-4 fifth. "I was exhausted so I took (the rain delay) as a nice break". Fowler beat McIlroy and D.A. Points in a sudden-death playoff to earn his maiden PGA TOUR victory and silence those who'd grown impatient waiting for one of golf's most popular players to enter the winner's circle.

Jordan Spieth's quest to complete the grand slam will have to wait 12 months.

So the weekend at Quail Hollow at least gave him a chance to improve his standing.



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