PGA: Stroud inches closer but Matsuyama, Kisner keep lead

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Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

Matsuyama and Kisner were at 8-under 134, and this is the first time for either player to be atop the leaderboard after any round of a major.

When the players were forced off the course in the second round of the US PGA Championship on Friday due to the threat of lightning, Hideki Matsuyama was already putting a round together before the two hour delay, having birdied the 12th, 13th and 14th to put him just two shots behind leader Kevin Kisner.

"One could be the toughest opening hole in golf", said Jim Furyk early in the week.

"I actually played fairly well, and then 3-putt and hit the ball in the water and 3-putted the last", Fowler said after his round.

And he can't wait to compete over the final two days of the tournament in hopes of raising the Wanamaker Trophy on Sunday afternoon.

Molinari has done virtually everything in golf including capturing a WGC title winning the World Cup of Golf with his brother Edoardo and late past year denying Masters Champion, Danny Willett to win his home Italian Open for a second time in his career.

"The important thing is to give myself an opportunity to win", he added. Matsuyama shot a final round 61 to win the tournament and commented afterward that he wasn't quite sure of his swing.

Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els had a miserable start to their 100th Major as they shot 79 and 80 respectively.

"I am playing well". "One of the reasons I've played so well is there was no rough". It's a major and like I said it's a tough venue.

"Hopefully I can keep that going for 36 more holes". I said, 'OK, I'll bounce it up and see where it goes.' Luckily it got out of the bunker and on to the other side. I think he finishes the job and gets his first major. So I hit a 6-iron. A birdie putt at the last hung on the lip but did not drop.

"I really struggled with the speed of the greens".

"The greens were a lot slower than what I expected, but they were firmer as they had dried up". The PGA Championship victor at Whistling Straits in 2015, Jason Day (66) was sole third at six-under.

The tournaments Matsuyama has won this season are not lighter ones, winning two World Golf Championships with the best fields in golf, and the Waste Management Phoenix Open, which always has a solid field and huge galleries.

"Hopefully (I can) tidy that up going into tomorrow, but obviously Kis is on fire right now". Again, he isn't the popular pick, but neither was a countryman whose last name rhymes with his (Y.E. Yang) when Yang took down Tiger Woods at this event in 2009.

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