Kisner, Matsuyama lead PGA; Day two back

By Nick MentaAugust 12, 2017, 2:00 pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Kevin Kisner and Hideki Matsuyama lead by two over Jason Day at the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow, where 25 players returned Saturday morning to complete their second rounds. Here’s where things stand through 36 holes at the year’s final major:

Leaderboard: Kisner (-8) Matsuyama (-8), Day (-6), Chris Stroud (-6), Francesco Molinari (-5), Louis Oosthuizen (-5), Rickie Fowler (-3), Justin Thomas (-3), Paul Casey (-3)

What it means: A one-hour, 43-minute weather delay changed this championship and this golf course in a hurry. Kisner looked as if he would cruise into Saturday with the lead, but Matsuyama retained his momentum through the stoppage and caught him with a flurry of back-nine birdies. Working in the co-leaders' favor, each of the last four major winners has held at least a share of the lead through two rounds of play. But those two will be pressed over the weekend by a chase pack that includes two major champions in Day and Oosthuizen and two top-15 players looking to break through on the biggest stage in Thomas and Fowler.

Round of the day: Matsuyama fired the low round of the week by two shots, a bogey-free 7-under 64 that included five birdies in a six-hole stretch, from Nos. 12-17, on his closing nine. This is his first 36-hole major championship lead. He is vying to become the first Japanese player to claim a major title. He was matched shortly after his finish by Molinari, who made five birdies and an eagle for a 64 of his own to move up the board to 5 under.


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Best of the rest: Day, Thomas and New Zealand's Ryan Fox posted 5-under 66. In an effort to avoid an early return, Day, Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson ran down the 18th hole to beat nightfall after the horn blew.

Biggest disappointments: Jordan Spieth's chances of achieving the career Grand Slam now appear slim. His second-round 73 has him 3 over for the championship and 11 off the lead. Rory McIlroy will enter the weekend 10 back at plus-2.

Notables to miss the cut: For only the second time in 25 career starts at the PGA Championship, Phil Mickelson won’t be around for the weekend. The 2005 champ went 30 holes before carding his first birdie of the week. Rounds of 79-74 left him outside the cut line by a mile. Other notable names outside the 5-over cut line include Justin Rose (+6), Luke Donald (+7), Daniel Berger (+7), Rafa Cabrera Bello (+7), Bubba Watson (+7), Matthew Fitzpatrick (+8), defending champion Jimmy Walker (+8), Sergio Garcia (+8), and Branden Grace (+9). 

Shot of the day: After having his ball roll down a service road down to the 11th hole while he was supposed to be playing No. 10 Friday, Rory McIlroy skipped his ball off the concrete path, ran it through a greenside bunker and managed to save par on his first hole of the morning:

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.