PGA Championship Odds: Matsuyama favored entering the weekend 8/11/17

PGA Championship Odds: Matsuyama favored entering the weekend 8/11/17”

Making an exacting test look nearly easy, he posted an eight-under 134 halfway total, while compatriot Rickie Fowler was the best of the other early starters, five behind after a 70.

You can't particularly blame him.

Hideki Matsuyama's head-shaking performance Friday at Quail Hollow vaulted him into a tie for the PGA Championship lead after 36 holes with Kevin Kisner at 8-under-par 134.

McIlroy was two under par after 12 holes at Quail Hollow, a venue where he has won twice on the PGA Tour and holds the course record of 61.

"I haven't hit it this well this whole summer - a lot of average finishes", Kisner said.

There is no telling how many more chances he will have, given that the PGA Championship will move to May the year after next and the national club pro tournament - the avenue to qualify - will be moved up to April.

He struck two birdies in the last three holes on a golf course that was not playing easy by any means. It suits my eye. "I've got to play better to be on it", Mickelson said.

It was disaster from there.

He punched the 6-iron and it skipped twice along the cement path with so much speed that it went into the bunker, out of the bunker, onto the green and across the green until it settled in the light rough on the other side. But a withering finish saved his day, highlighted by an eagle on the par-five seventh hole from three metres.

Dufner shot four under on his opening nine Friday, but he gave them all back with a five-over 40 on his inward nine. I can see a low one out there. "Hitting fairways are key".

"You have to drive it in the fairway " that's definitely key", Fowler said. "I just feel so comfortable". He has not finished in the top 10 in any of the 11 majors he has competed in. That's kind of been our goal for the year. You've got to stay patient. "I took that into today and it seemed to work pretty well".

Among the favourites to win the event, McIlroy posted a second straight 72 to be at two over.

So what time will the third round at Quail Hollow begin on Saturday?

"It's a great pairing", Fowler said. So I was looking forward to getting out with those guys. The longer it plays the better for me, and the golf course gets a little bit wider as well.

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