Day races against nightfall at PGA Championship

PGA Championship- Round One

The world No.25, who had a share of the lead with Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen at the start of the day, also birdied the par-four 12th en route to shooting a 67 for the second straight round.

"With the way I've been playing, how I'm swinging this week and last week going into it, I know I can win this week", Fowler said. "Just being patient and accepting what the course gives you more". First-round co-leader Kevin Kisner has moved to the lead by himself at -6 so far in his second round, so McIlroy has lost ground as he winds down his own round.

He was at 5-under 208 along with Justin Thomas, the son of a PGA professional, who played bogey-free over his last 12 holes and posted a 69. "I had a chance to run away from guys and take people out of the tournament that were four or five, six back, and I didn't do it".

Instead, it more than doubled.

There are some large differences, though, which explains why only one of nine past winners at Quail Hollow broke par Thursday.

Asked what winning the title would mean for him and for Japanese golf, the world No. 3 said: "That's a difficult question, one that's hard to think about, what effect that would have on my life". They are among the toughest finishing holes in golf. It makes it tough to score. To finally get a win is really magical.

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He made his par putt on the 17th hole and then sprinted to the 18th tee and promptly knocked his tee shot down the middle.

Unfortunately for him, the ball hit a cart path. Stuck behind a tree right of the 18th fairway, Day chose not to pitch out to the fairway and tried hooking the ball around the tree and the gallery to the right. His next shot ricocheted off a tree and found yet more pine straw.

Kisner, meanwhile, used his "Texas wedge" from off the green to sink a 47-foot putt at the par-five seventh - his 16th hole - and vault clear of the field, at least for a while. "But take him out of the equation - I feel like I'm still right there in the tournament".

Where once players were greeted with a 418-yard par 4 for the annual Wells Fargo Championship, Tom Fazio's redesigned opener is playing a stout 524 yards, but still goes by a par 4.

In the first round, Spieth nearly lost a chance to connect when he birdied two consecutive holes before putting two birdies to get back into the chase for another Grand Slam.

Unless he comes up with a colossal rally, Tiger Woods will remain the youngest player to complete the career Grand Slam.

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