Day implodes to throw away chance of major

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 13, 2017

"At the end of the day, it's just golf, right?"

Kevin Kisner was not immune to the trouble. More than the club overhauling three holes of the opening stretch, it switched to a Bermuda grass that can lead to gnarly lies off the fairway and around the green, and putting surfaces that can get as quick as any greens they play all year.

DeLaet's charge continued with a 12-foot eagle putt at the par-five 15th before he sank a 45-footer for birdie at the par-four 16th.

An even par round of 71 left Ryan Fox tied for 12th with one round remaining at the PGA Championship.

Jason Day threw away his chance of a second US PGA title with "one insane decision" according to six-time major victor Nick Faldo. Matsuyama and Chris Stroud were a stroke back.

He sent his second shot into the primary rough 75 feet from the flagstick on the right side of the green, but chipped to about 5 feet and sank that putt for the birdie.

Kisner had the lead going into the final round, a great spot to pursue his first major championship. Quail Hollow is a brute, a 7,600-yard track rimmed by penalizing rough and featuring 18 extremely firm greens.

Assuming Kisner or none of his competitors run away with the tournament, the Green Mile will decide this 99th PGA Championship.

That could leave the final major of the year up for grabs over the final 36 holes on the weekend, but not for everybody.

Day plunged out of contention with a quadruple-bogey at the last, while Kisner eked out a one-over 72 on a Quail Hollow course that bared its teeth despite little wind.

One of the main subplots this week at Quail Hollow is Spieth's chase to become the sixth player with a career Grand Slam.

Tony Finau nearly had the second hole-in-one of the PGA Championship. Jason Day, who played in the final group Saturday, shot himself out of the tournament with a 77. He then tapped in for birdie.

He stuck to that plan Saturday with pars on the course's first six holes.

With his fifth win, he now only trails golf legend Moe Norman for most PGA Seniors' Championship of Canada titles.

On undulating greens, some of the hole locations were extremely hard, with nobody on the leaderboard shooting better than the 68 by Canadian Graham DeLaet, who went six-under in a remarkable four-hole stretch to vault within five strokes of the lead.

That was atypical of the methodical, disciplined way Kisner has approached the new layout at Quail Hollow.

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) " Jordan Spieth all but conceded that his pursuit of the career Grand Slam will have to wait until next year. But he followed a first-round 70 with a 75 on Friday to fall back in the pack.

Now Stroud has a two-year PGA Tour exemption and true job security at age 35 for the first time in his career.

Once the second round was completed, the cut was set at 147 for two rounds, or 5-over-par. The 33-year-old Shawnee Heights graduate is one of only six players this week to post two scores in the 60s. He shot 75 and finished at 6-over 148.

He scrambled to get a flight from Reno and didn't make it to the course until Tuesday afternoon, exhausted.

Adam Scott, meanwhile, was spared a missed cut.

3 - Victories by Matsuyama on the PGA Tour this season. At No. 61 in the FedEx Cup, he would have been eliminated from the playoffs by the time he returned.

"This is not the Quail Hollow we have gotten to know over the last 10 years", he said.

When the second round was halted by darkness Friday night, Wiesberger was among seven players tied for 70th at 5-over par.

Quail Hollow and Charlotte in general are familiar, comfortable settings for Kisner, whose parents both attended Charlotte's Harding High. Just missed a birdie on 18.

Day sits at six under - two shots behind co-leaders Hideki Matsuyama and Kevin Kisner. The goal was to try and win them all.

Matsuyama and Kisner were at 8-under 134. He still had two of the easier holes to play.

The PGA of Canada's No. 12th-ranked player Scott Allred finished alone in fourth at 1-under-par, while Phil Jonas and Ken Tarling were T5 at even par.

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