Kisner, Matsuyama share lead at Quail Hollow

THE SHORT PAR-4 14TH

THE SHORT PAR-4 14TH

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"I was out of it, but I gathered a little something off that Sunday round that led to two wins in two tournaments after that including a major", he said.

Not for the first time this season McIlroy is looking instead of standing on the bright side and hoping for better across the weekend.

"I've been upset with how I've played in the majors so far in my career", he said. "I feel like my game truly suits the other three majors maybe more than the PGA championship".

Kisner, meanwhile, used his "Texas wedge" from off the green to sink a 47-foot putt at the par-five seventh - his 16th hole - and vault clear of the field, at least for a while.

The 34-year-old showed his experience on the back nine, starting off with two birdies in a row before a stunning eagle at the par-five 15th to get to two-under for his round.

The 2012 and 2014 PGA Championship victor is considered a favorite this week, along with Jordan Spieth, to take home the Wanamaker Trophy. Just no reason to bail out on those at this point in the position I was in. "The bad shots are working out and the good shots are working out and I'm making a lot of putts".

Seven players were at 68 and four of them - Brooks Koepka, Grayson Murray, Chris Stroud and Gary Woodland were yet to start their second round. McIlroy has yet to break par at this year's PGA Championship after carding a 73 in the third round, bringing his total score to four over par. Among a group of players tied for fourth at five-under is Italian Francesco Molinari, who equalled Matsuyama's 64 in the afternoon group.

"The greens here at Quail Hollow, as you know, are really fast".

Asked what winning the title would mean for him and for Japanese golf, the world No. 3 said: "That's a difficult question, one that's hard to think about, what effect that would have on my life". "All these people told me this for years, but I had to get to the bottom to figure it out". Tournament officials sounded the horn at 4:43 with lightning in the area.

The Northern Irishman was one under for his round and level par overall through his first 10 holes on Friday, but a run of four bogeys in five holes threatened to derail his tournament. The hole is a par 5 for the members, and even has a back tee that's not being used for the championship.

Lahiri derived some satisfaction from landing a birdie on both days at the final step of Green Mile - the 18th hole.

PGA Tour Media South Carolina native Kevin Kisner carded a 4-under 67 on Friday for the second consecutive round at the PGA Championship.

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