Kisner leads pack at PGA; Matsuyama, Stroud are 1 shot back


Kevin Kisner withstood a wavering back nine to keep the lead, shooting a 1-over-par 72 in the third round of the PGA Championship on Saturday at Quail Hollow Club. Defending champion Jimmy Walker missed the cut, as did Phil Mickelson.

Jordan Spieth, who goes for the career grand slam this week, is two over par with two holes left to play.

"I guess (from) beating up people on Tuesday", said Kisner, alluding to a certain prowess on the most popular day for money games among Tour players.

About the featured group of Spieth, Garcia and Koepka - left to right, Claret Jug, green jacket, U.S. Open trophy - they had 14 bogeys Friday.

CHARLOTTE - Unlike Jean Van de Velde or the fictional Roy McAvoy, Jason Day didn't wait until Sunday to endure a final-hole implosion.

Day was stymied by a pine tree, and instead of playing safe out to the fairway as Oosthuizen had done in the group ahead of him, he tried to hook an iron around the trees and the gallery to get a clear look at the green.

Forced to go back to the drop zone, he hit a 109-yard approach to 13 feet but two putted for a six to slip back to one over par for the Championship. I missed a lot of putts, had a bunch of three-putts. In two days, he had 12 bogeys, plus a double. "I have to play great but we're only halfway through".

Kisner, a US PGA Tour victor three months ago at Colonial, won his first US PGA Tour victory at Sea Island, Georgia, in 2015 in his 109th attempt.

Hideki Matsuyama made only one birdie and wasted two good scoring chances on the back nine.

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"I've played mini-tours, learned how to win there", Kisner said.

But then there's the guy with him on the leaderboard, who's never finished in the Top 10 of a major, this year having tied for 43rd, 58th and 54th. "I'm healthy. And just let it fall into place'".

"I was just trying to get it in the bunker, and luckily I hit it with enough speed, and it got up and out of there".

"It's the type of golf course you don't have to go out and make birdies".

Then, he almost did it again at the end of Quail Hollow's fabled "Green Mile". "Because I would love to have him on the team". "It's just unfortunate because I was actually in a rhythm and the momentum was going my way and we got called off".

"Thinking about it, if I went bogey, bogey, I'd be very devastated right now sitting here".

American World No.1 Dustin Johnson, Japanese World No.3 Hideki Matsuyama, Spanish World No.6 Jon Rahm and Australian World No.7 Jason Day all scored 70 each to put them in a strong position after one round. But this time it was worse with a double bogey and a bogey on first two holes.

"Hopefully it doesn't happen [at Quail Hollow]".