Fil-Australian Jason Day lines up a putt on the second green during the second round of the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. AFP

Matsuyama, Kisner take charge; Day 2 shots down
(The Philippine Star) - August 12, 2017 - 4:00pm

CHARLOTTE – Hideki Matsuyama birdied five of the last seven holes to seize a share of the lead with Kevin Kisner in Friday’s storm-hit second round of the 99th PGA Championship.

World number three Matsuyama, coming off a World Golf Championships victory last week at Akron, fired a bogey-free seven-under par 64 to match Kisner at eight-under 134 for 36 holes at Quail Hollow in the year’s final major tournament.

“I don’t know if the other players should be nervous or not, but this is my first experience leading a major, or tied for the lead, after 36 holes,” Matsuyama said. “So being a new experience, maybe I’ll be a little nervous.

“But on the other hand, I’m looking forward to the weekend and seeing how I do.”

A thunderstorm that halted play for nearly an hour and 45 minutes came after Matsuyama had made three consecutive birdies starting at the 12th hole, but he took advantage of wet conditions when play resumed and added birdies at the par-5 15th and par-3 17th.

“I’d have to say my putting has really saved me,” Matsuyama said through a translator. “I’ve hit some good shots and some loose shots. Overall the putting has been the key factor.

“I’ve been able to read the putts the last couple weeks. I’ve used a new putter too. That may have helped.”

Hideki Matsuyama of Japan plays his shot from the 18th tee. AFP

Matsuyama, whose six top-10 finishes in 20 prior major starts include a runner-up effort at this year’s US Open, could become the first Japanese man to win a major title and only the second Asian man to claim a major crown after South Korea’s Yang Yong-Eun at the 2009 PGA.

“The important thing is to give myself an opportunity to win,” Matsuyama said. “Keep knocking on the door and someday it will open.”

Matsuyama, who made three birdies in a row before the delay, stretched the streak to four with a tap-in birdie at 15, then sank a seven-foot birdie putt at the par-3 17th.

Fil-Australian Jason Day, the 2015 PGA winner and last year’s runner-up, fired a 66 to stand third on 136.

Sharing fourth at five-under 137 in the clubhouse were Italy’s Francesco Molinari, with a bogey-free 64, and South African Louis Oosthuizen, who shot a bogey-free 67.

There are 25 players who must finish their second rounds starting at 7:30 a.m. (1130 GMT) Saturday. The top contender among them is American Chris Stroud on five-under overall with five front-nine holes remaining.

Long after 25th-ranked Kisner reached the clubhouse with his second consecutive 67, players once fearful of lightning-fast greens attacked the dampened putting surfaces after the delay and soared up the leaderboard.

“When we got delayed, the whole course changed with regards to how receptive it was,” Day said.

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