PGA Championship Predictions: Will Hideki Matsuyama win? 8/11/17

Focused Tommy Fleetwood in yesterday’s opening round

Focused Tommy Fleetwood in yesterday’s opening round

Jason Day crashed out of contention at Quail Hollow.

Kevin Kisner and Hideki Matsuyama grabbed a share of the lead at the US PGA Championship, but a rain delay forced the second round to carry on into Saturday. More than the club overhauling three holes of the opening stretch, it switched to a Bermuda grass that can lead to gnarly lies off the fairway and around the green, and putting surfaces that can get as quick as any greens they play all year. He said at the time he had shot the stunning score despite being uncomfortable with his swing, words he repeated pre-tournament here.

Japan's Matsuyama, the world number three, moved to eight under despite a stoppage of nearly two hours because of potentially "dangerous" weather.

Now, it's a sprint to the finish. Fowler has shot rounds of 69 and 70 in the PGA's first two days.

Francesco Molinari, who was grouped with Fairmont native William McGirt, also shot a 64 and was at 5 under, along with Louis Oosthuizen. "That's my plan. Other than that, I'm playing for par".

One of the main subplots this week at Quail Hollow is Spieth's chase to become the sixth player with a career Grand Slam. He didn't take advantage of the softened conditions and shot 73 to go into the weekend 11 shots behind. He noted the grainy greens of the Quail Hollow course were fast and hard.

And while Matsuyama was in the better side of the draw, he did most of his damage before the storms arrived. Olesen did the same with six birdies and two bogeys.

Golf's best are flocking to Charlotte this weekend to take part in one of the season's most competitive tournaments.

With the projected cut now sitting at four-over, Scott is flirting with an early exit from the PGA Championship. He was three-over for the second round with three holes left before he parred 16th and 17th and birdied 18th.

Ahead of today's round, McIlroy insisted that Quail Hollow - where he has twice set a course record in the past 10 years - "gives you chances" to turn your luck around. If he had finished his round at 4 over - that would have required one birdie and two pars - the cut would have gone to 4 over and eliminated Adam Scott, Charles Howell III and Kevin Chappell. He barely missed a birdie putt on the 18th hole that would have given him sole possession of the lead.

He got wet, but Day still made birdie at the 14th hole.

Rory McIlroy was very pleased with his shot Friday when he skipped the golf ball off of the cart path on hole No. 10 at the 2017 PGA Championship.

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