Dustin Johnson on his key to competing at PGA Championship

Rory Mc Ilroy of Northern Ireland prepares to play his shot on the second hole during the final round of the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club

Dustin Johnson on his key to competing at PGA Championship

The point of bringing up this memory is not to belittle Toms' finish - as he said afterward, "I know all you guys want to talk about that, but I want to talk about how I dominated the golf tournament for 71 holes" - but to illustrate one thing about the Quail Hollow finishing stretch that will likely decide the PGA Championship victor Sunday. He won last week at the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio.

DeLaet, who has never won a professional tournament on American soil, almost had a hole-in-one on the par-4 14th hole, driving the ball eight feet past the hole.

McIlroy was not surprised by some of the names on the leaderboard, but the scores by their names.

Kisner looked to be in command of the tournament after taking a two-shot lead with birdies on the 14th and 15th, only to pull his second shot to the 16th into the water.

It wasn't all doom and gloom, Chris Stroud consolidated his first two rounds with a par 71 to leave him six under par in a tie for second and compatriot Justin Thomas shot a two under par 69 to get him back into the hunt on five under. He's now 5 over for the tournament and 13 shots back of the leaders.

Pre-championship favourite Rory McIlroy was also out of contention at four-over.

The Green Mile took quite a toll on the final groups coming down the stretch at the PGA Championship on Saturday. Kisner's brother-in-law is a Quail Hollow member, so he gets abundant opportunity to play the course, about a two-hour drive from his home near the South Carolina-Georgia border.

Former champion Jason Day had started the round just two shots behind, but had fallen six back after a double bogey on the 12th and a bogey on the 13th. Being a major championship venue simply raised the punishment level. Instead, he's heading in the opposite direction after making bogey on two of the first five holes.

"You can't buy this kind of positive exposure", Morgan said. "It carried on playing golf. I think the victor could come from those two".

"Any time you have a putt down grain, downhill ... we just tap it and hope it stops by the hole", Jon Rahm said after a 70. You can even have a club you want to be more aggressive with. "He's done a real nice job of trying to enjoy it".

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However, changes to several holes and a switch to bermuda rough and greens have not suited the world No 4, whose last major title came in the 2014 US PGA at Valhalla.

Quail Hollow played to an average score of 74.7, making the PGA Championship look like the toughest test of the year in the majors. I made every cut up to the British.

And then there were all the notes of congratulations.

"Probably a shot in my opinion", Kisner said. "I never thought they would put (the pin) there". I'm a big believer in that.

Johnson told the group, "I'll do it". I care more about people than I do about my golf. "One of the reasons I played so well here usually is there's no rough, and (now) there's some very severe rough".

So he's approaching the final two rounds of the PGA Championship like he has nothing to lose. He qualified for the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.

With the sun setting fast, the threesome knew they had to get someone to tee off on No. 18 before the horn sounded.

"I've dreamed about this for years, so it's in there, " he said.

"I feel I'm swinging well and hitting a lot of good shots, I just definitely need to roll in a few putts", Johnson said. But I've been working hard and seeing a lot of good things and I know the golf course. "That's just a major". Stroud finished even-par for the round. At 25, Matsuyama is still pursuing his first major.

"I've been out here a long time, " Stroud said. "So being a new experience, maybe I'll be a little nervous. Enjoy it. See what happens".

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