Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Matsuyama relishes major mission at US PGA championship

Matsuyama relishes major mission at US PGA championship

Especially at a major.

Anirban Lahiri rose to the occasion to nail a final birdie on 18th, for the second time in as many days and ensured weekend play at the Quail Hollow in the 99th PGA Championships.

Hideki Matsuyama of Japan, watches his tee shot on the 17th hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North CarolinaJason Day of Australia, warms up on the 11th hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at the Quail Hollow Club. That's why I play golf now, because I was better than everybody else at golf. Numerous storylines everyone had anticipated before the PGA are going blooey.

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"Obviously "Kis" is on fire right now", McIlroy said. He has not won an event since the 2013 British Open and is now ranked 17th in the U.S. Presidents Cup standings. He saved par two putts later. Not even Phil Mickelson. Birdies at seven and eight banished those fears, but the result was still another one over par 72. "I don't know anything", Stroud said. I'm not real focused out there. I'm having a tough time visualizing the shot. "That's a good question. Those were costly mistakes, because otherwise the way I played I should have been in red numbers". Way below the projected cutline.

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Well, you get the idea.

Last week's WGC-Bridgestone champion seems to have picked up from where he left off at Firestone. "So it was kind of like you're playing under the lights, which was nice", Day said. Maybe in 48 hours. Kisner shares the lead after back-to-back 67s. "So very pleased with how I played".

Aiken is a short drive from Augusta, and he used to go watch the Masters as a kid. What 24-year-old is? "As I said, I still feel I'm right there in the tournament".

The statistics tell an interesting story about Rory McIlroy: Rory won twice in 2015 and twice more in 2016, yet his statistics in 2017 - a year where he's had zero wins - have been better across the board than in either of those seasons. This is probably the easiest one I've had to prep for because I know the golf course so well and I've been up here a lot.

That could leave the final major of the year up for grabs over the final 36 holes on the weekend, but not for everybody. He added the Dean & DeLuca Invitational this year. "And yet I'm not controlling my thought process out there". The goal was to try and get on the PGA Tour and then from there see what happens.

But he certainly has the talent to win a major championship.

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He might have been an academic whiz as a Georgia Bulldog, but his idea now is to make his profession as uncomplicated as possible. "But I've just got to focus on just trying to control what I can do out there".

"That's where I turned to (my caddie) and said, 'Man, I could have just gone one, one, ' but going two, two is pretty good on those holes too". He has identified four holes - Nos. And he means it. But he's still in Aiken, population in the 31,000 range.

For the second straight day, McIlroy went through a bad stretch of holes that sent him further away from the lead. "Because I would love to have him on the team". 14 and 17 and his only bogey of the day on the 12th hole.

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"I'm a big process guy, I'll stick with my process".

"I can't believe Col Swatton (his caddie) did not give him a wedge and start walking, say that's the only choice mate".

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"It was more gettable after the rain delay than it was before, no doubt about it", Spieth said.

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