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


"I played nine holes with Rory on a practice day and they saw me almost hole a shot going into one of the par fives and they were chatting about me". Kisner is tied for the lead following his second consecutive 67 this weekend.

Going into Saturday, Kevin Kisner and Hideki Matsuyama are in the lead. Jordan Spieth all but ruled himself out after failing to take advantage over the last seven holes after the rain.

But Stroud, the final qualifier for the PGA after winning a USA tour event last week, matched Australia's seventh-ranked Jason Day for third on 136 with his early morning effort. Kisner was four-under through 17 holes and moved to 8-under, while Olesen (four-under) was yet to start second round.

Italy's Francesco Molinari and South African Louis Oosthuizen shared fifth on 137, three strokes off the pace, with England's Paul Casey and Americans Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas sharing seventh on 139.

This season, Johnson missed the Masters with a back injury, shot a 75 in the opening round of the U.S. Open at Erin Hills en route to missing the cut, and shot a 1-over 71 in the British Open on an opening day when many players in the field were well under par.

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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.

"This is my first experience leading a major, or tied for the lead after 36 holes", Matsuyama said. What really hurt me on the first nine was the two three putts on the 14th and 17th. "I was hitting fairways but I wasn't getting the crisp contact that I was hoping for with my driver". He's the hardest worker out here right now just because he wants to win. "I was exhausted so I took (the rain delay) as a nice break". With the ball settled in the rough of the 11th hole, McIlroy skipped his shot along the cart path into and out of the bunker, across the green and onto the fringe.

After a bogey at the 11th once play resumed, Day drained a 46-foot birdie at the par-3 13th to get his round two charge back on track and backed that up with another birdie on the 14th. I managed to catch Rory McIlroy talking about me (on TV) coming off 18 so that's a real confidence boost that they recognise that you're doing the right sort of things.

"I'm not sure. I try to imagine, but we still have a lot of golf to play. So, to actually get away with a five, I actually felt pretty good about myself going to the next tee".

The cut was at 5-over 147 when the second round ended, and there was some drama.