Kisner clings to PGA lead with Matsuyama, Stroud one back

Kisner led after fine back-to-back rounds of 67

Kisner led after fine back-to-back rounds of 67 Chuck Burton AP

Jason Day went from the ridiculous to the sublime as he tried to get back into contention for a second US PGA Championship title at Quail Hollow.

"As I said, I have a good bit of time to get healthy and address a few things going forward".

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.

'The PGA Championship I think is going to be the toughest for me. Two birdies (12th and 18th holes) helped him finish the day at 72 which takes his 36-hole total to three-over 145.

"I will try to improve on the weekend and try to get a couple of scores under par".

"That's the game we're in, we are dealing with mother nature every week".

"I was battling. I was scrambling well to be under par for that back nine. There are a lot of positives". On the ninth he missed from just inside 10 feet. I wanted to play the season and I feel like I'm capable of playing well and winning and putting rounds together.

"I don't know what's happened overnight but it's very receptive out there", the Northern Irishman said after shooting 68 for one-over 285. So I've done the hard part, right? "Didn't really make many putts, but I made some nice saves today".

Scott, Johnson and McIlroy were speaking before Kisner teed off at seven-under, one stroke ahead of fellow American Chris Stroud and Japanese Hideki Matsuyama.

Now, with McIlroy's major season over, the Ulsterman is considering taking an extended break from golf to heal his rib and back injuries which have nagged him since he first suffered them at the 2017 BMW South African Open in January.

The FedEx Cup playoffs feature four tournaments in five weeks starting on August 24.

Lowry is now the main Irish challenger after a brilliant round that was undone by the weather and a momentary lapse in concentration. "Even if they didn't do anything else with the golf course and just changed it to full bermuda like it is now, all of a sudden makes the golf course two shots more hard".

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It was really the only option I had", McIlroy said after his ball found grass near the curb of a path and got free relief.
"I will fight on and I will work hard and I will stick my head down and I will grind as hard as I can and I will do alright".

There are six events left on the PGA tour, including two where McIlroy is the defending champion.

"I'm going to approach the first two (playoff) events trying to obviously win, but looking to kind of crescendo into East Lake and peak there and consider East Lake a major at this point, as far as our preparation goes", Spieth said.

"It's there. I can feel it, " he said. A low round now is a 66 or a 67.

"Look, I don't know what I'm going to do", he said.

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