Matsuyama, Kisner shares lead

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On the 18th, Kisner hit into the hazard line on the creek, but he was lucky that the ball hit the stone bridge over the creek and bounced over. He did well to chop that out onto the green and two-putt from 45 feet for 1-over 72. Ranked third in the world behind Americans Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson, Matsuyama hails from Japan, a country that has never had a male victor of a major championship.

Italian Francesco Molinari matched Matsuyama's bogey-free 64 Friday by orchestrating his way around the course with five birdies and an eagle to get to five under for the tournament. "That could have been a six or a seven quite easily so to get away with a five, I actually felt pretty good about myself going to the next tee". And I didn't do it.

"I wasn't hitting it like I wanted to", he told reporters via an interpreter.

Spieth wasn't alone in his struggles. He did well with par at 18, toughest hole of the day, as playing partner Jason Day made quadruple-bogey 8 and Kisner dropped a shot with a bogey 5.

Rickie Fowler had six birdies, the kind of round that would put him in the lead - except for that triple bogey on the sixth hole.

Jason Day was right there with them until a peculiar decision likely cost him a reasonable chance to stay with the leaders. The club clanged off the pine and the ball went into the bushes.

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It comes as no surprise the red-hot Japan star shot a second-day 64 less than a week after capturing the WGC - Bridgestone Invitational to be sharing the PGA lead. He declined to speak to reporters as he left the clubhouse.

Hideki Matsuyama, the highest ranked player in the world without a major championship, is tied for the lead heading into the weekend of the PGA Championship.

On Friday, Finau made two bogeys on the front nine, then bogeyed 12 and 13 before making a timely recovery with three straight birdies on 14, 15 and 16. It's a major and like I said it's a tough venue. "Probably the pressure had to do with it".

Despite his struggles, the 25-year-old played the hard final three holes better than his rivals, parring them all to finish the day much closer than he expected an hour previously.

On the 592-yard, par-five 10th, his first hole of the day, McIlroy's second shot went right toward the gallery, ricocheted off the macadam cart path and rolled into rough on the 11th hole, 110 yards from the pin on No. 10. South Korean An Byeong-Hun also eagled the par-5 seventh in a round of 69 to finish on 140. When you have it going, you have it going.

"I just had a couple of bad swings, missed a couple of greens in the wrong spots and if you do that you have no hope".

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