PGA Championship 2017: Kevin Kisner, Hideki Matsuyama share rain-delayed second-round lead | Golf Sport News

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PGA Championship 2017: Kevin Kisner, Hideki Matsuyama share rain-delayed second-round lead | Golf Sport News

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kevin Kisner and Hideki Matsuyama grabbed a share of the lead Friday at the PGA Championship, but a rain delay forced the second round to carry on into Saturday.

Kisner backed up his first-round 67 with another 4-under 67 to post 8 under before the afternoon wave teed off. Kisner, born in South Carolina, has looked comfortable close to home as he tries to secure his first major title. He finished his second round with three birdies, an eagle and one bogey.

Matsuyama joined Kisner at 8 under with a bogey-free 7-under 64. With five birdies in his last seven holes, Matsuyama put himself in position to become the first since Rory McIlroy in 2014 to win both the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship in the same year.

The rain delay, which started just after 4:30 p.m. ET, lasted nearly two hours. Heavy rain and nearby lightning strikes forced players and spectators back inside, but the course yielded more birdies after play resumed.

Italian Francesco Molinari matched Matsuyama’s bogey-free 7-under 64 Friday by orchestrating his way around the course with five birdies and an eagle to get to 5 under for the tournament. Both Molinari and Matsuyama were able to finish just after the horn blew due to darkness.

“I played very well,” Molinari said after his round. “Obviously I played well yesterday, too. I think it’s a course where you need some luck at certain times. I think today I got the right breaks at the right time.”

Louis Oosthuizen posted a 4-under 67 Friday to join Molinari at 5 under, and Chris Stroud is currently 5 under with five holes left to play in his second round.

Justin Thomas, who shot a 5-under 66 Friday, Rickie Fowler and Paul Casey finished Round 2 at 3 under. Though five shots back — at least — heading into the weekend, the dangerous trio could still make some noise.

“I can make up five shots in nine holes, let alone 36 holes,” Thomas said after his round. “I mean, there’s lot of things that can happen. I have to play great but we’re only halfway through. A lot of golf to be played, but I’m in a definitely good spot.”

In his bid to become the youngest golfer ever to earn a career grand slam, Jordan Spieth struggled again Friday. After firing a 1-over 72 in Round 1, he shot a 2-over 73 in Round 2 to fall back to 3-over par.

Notables such as Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson and Danny Willett missed the cut, which is hovering between 4 and 5 over.

Rod Pampling, who finished the day at 13 over, proved that sometimes golfers just want to go home. He hit arguably the worst tee shot ever to finish before the horn sounded.

The second round is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. ET Saturday.

PGA Championship 2017: Kevin Kisner, Hideki Matsuyama share rain-delayed second-round lead | Golf Sport News

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