Kisner, Matsuyama share lead at PGA Championship


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Asked what he remembers most about that playoff, Points said, "That most people probably don't even remember I was in that playoff with Rickie and Rory".

Stroud and Australia's Day were two strokes behind co-leaders Hideki Matsuyama of Japan, who won last week's WGC-Bridgestone, and South Carolinian Kevin Kisner.

Two birdies (12th and 18th holes) helped him finish the day at 72 which takes his 36-hole total to three-over 145.

The group, which played so slow all day and had been as much as a hole behind everyone else, hustled up the fairway and knocked their balls onto the green.

Jordan Spieth watches his tee shot on the 11th hole during Thursday's first round of the PGA Championship at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C.

Phelps saw much that he liked when Spieth, who started on the course's more hard back nine, completed his first nine at par despite fighting his putter. The PGA Championship victor at Whistling Straits two years ago shot a 66 and was two shots behind. The 23-year-old hit 15 greens in regulation and needed just 25 putts despite insisting he'd never played Quail Hollow until this week.

Spieth, 24, is seeking to become the youngest golfer to win a career grand slam. He was joined by Gary Woodland, Koepka and Chris Stroud, who qualified for the PGA Championship only by winning last week at the Barracuda Championship.

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Fellow Australian Adam Scott plummeted down the leaderboard with a 76 to share 70th at five-over.

The home-state kid from nearby Raleigh playing in his first major as a professional turned in 1 over but tamed the back nine to card a 3-under 68.

None of the three Met-area club pros was able to turn the PGA Championship into a magical week. He is 2-under after shooting a 1-under 70 Friday.

Three bogeys in his first seven holes derailed that dream.

The Ohio-based Queenslander has only managed top-30 results at the Masters and British Opens and he missed the cut at the US Open. This season, Spieth ranks 80th on Tour with a driving distance average of 294.2 yards and yet, entering the PGA Championship, he was leading the Tour in scoring average at 69.0.

Now he gets two more rounds at Quail Hollow.

Kisner has fired back-to-back rounds of 67 and is clearly consistent, while Matsuyama served notice that he is going to make a serious run at his first major title after shooting a seven-under-par 64 in Friday's round. Wiesberger missed an 8-foot birdie putt on the par-5 seventh.

The five-time major victor, who captured the 2005 PGA Championship, shot a 74 on Friday at Quail Hollow, but his fate was set when he shot 79 in the first round without making a birdie. It might seem like a lot the way Matsuyama and Kisner are playing, but it doesn't to Thomas.

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