Matsuyama's 'extra gear' impresses Els at PGA Championship

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 12, 2017

The 33-year-old from SC has won twice on the PGA Tour, and has also lost four times in playoffs. He was on his way, however, to his best round at the PGA since shooting a 69 at Kiawah Island five years ago when the wheels fell off the pickup.

A promise of early excitement was in the air with Spieth, who won last month's British Open, in the seventh group going off the 10th tee.

Olesen finished tied for 10th at last week's WGC-Bridgestone after firing a five-under 65 in the final round.

"I feel a lot better about myself being 2 over for the tournament instead of 4 over", McIlroy said.

Phil Mickelson's first PGA Championship without longtime caddie Jim "Bones" Mackay at his side did not go as planned.

Rickie Fowler chips onto the 13th green during second-round action Friday at the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club.

With the hard greens providing a supreme challenge, hitting approach shots with as short a club as you can is pivotal.

Playing alongside bombers Rory McIroy and Jon Rahm, Fowler has been methodical in his play over two days at a toughened, revamped Quail Hollow. "I'm really fired up about it the way I'm hitting the golf ball". "That's why I hang out with them". But I've just got to focus on just trying to control what I can do out there, which is obviously one shot at a time, which, very cliché. I'm having a tough time controlling my thoughts and not letting it wonder to what I don't want to have happen. I have great practice sessions. This is one of the four pivotal weeks of the year that we focus on.

Mickelson will try to find his focus in the FedExCup Playoffs.

USA captain Steve Stricker, who made the cut at the PGA Championship and has made it to the weekend in his last 26 majors, met with Mickelson last week at Firestone. US team captain Steve Stricker spoke with Mickelson recently. His placement on the team this year is in jeopardy. He says he hasn't felt this way since the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, right after he won the Masters for his first major. "But just like anybody else, I have to see who is playing well at the time", Stricker said.

"I'll be plenty loose", he said. "I will get up early in the morning and get right back at it".

"I said, man, this place is going to be so long; I don't know how they are going to compete", he said. But that goes for all the guys that have a chance to make the team. "Anybody who gets hot we'll give a good look to". He knows what he has to do.

That's probably not the way most PGA golfers would prepare themselves for an 8:20 a.m. tee time but Daly tweeted the video out himself and seemed unaffected by his latest late-night excursion until the 18th, which is a tricky torturous bit of real estate that brought him to his knees.

"The anticipation of looking forward to that after missing it for three years, making it, and then the day of, ending up in the hospital, kind of seemed a little unfair", he said.

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