Kevin Kisner extends the lead at the PGA Championship

Kevin Kisner extends the lead at the PGA Championship

Kevin Kisner extends the lead at the PGA Championship

Meanwhile, there was misery for Phil Mickelson, who recorded a miserable round of 79. And right when it looked as though Spieth might throw away another major, he almost made an ace and followed that with an eagle on his way to winning the British Open. Olesen opened the PGA Championship betting period at 200/1, came into the tournament at 150/1, and now sits at 25/1.

"There will be pressure", he said. So there will certainly be pressure.

Spieth doesn't see his greatest challenge as the history at stake.

Rory McIlroy comes to mind. Followed by Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama and Rickie Fowler. "But he is one to fear in that position because of what he's capable of doing and how he's going to do it".

Teeing off on the 10th, Smith rolled in for birdie from eight feet and when he did likewise from 16 foot on the 13th, the major championship rooke was incredibly within two strokes of teh top of the leaderboard.

Stricker said the US team, including qualifying players and assistant captains, will have a say in the two captain's choices.

"It was raining and wet, and I said, 'Man, this place is going to be so long; I don't know how they are going to compete, '" he said on Friday following his second-consecutive 67. Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods never got that far.

But there was a moment he recalled that illustrates what it means to play freely. With three par-5s you need to score on them, fortunately I birdied the 15th when I got to 12 feet with my first two shots and the eagle putt hung onto the lip but it was still a birdie.

It helps that he grew up in the South and loves Bermuda greens. At that point, he looked a lot closer to a weekend off than the final leg of the career Grand Slam.

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Looking back, Spieth said he should have gone down the right side of the 17th hole. He picks apart a golf course really, really well. "If I don't pull off the shot, I hit it out-of-bounds, big whup".

Beach qualified to play on his home course but pulled out at the last minute when a blood clot was found in his leg. "I didn't reach the green". "Hey, show me something - that doesn't sound right. I feel real comfortable here and I really like the golf course".

What does he have to lose?

Having already won his first major at this year's U.S. Open, Brooks Koepka put himself back in contention this week with an opening 68.

"You do think whatever happens, I've already won the Masters and it's fantastic", Garcia said.

After two days we've all learned, thanks to Kisner's performance, that what we thought we knew about statistics can be wildly misleading.

He would also be the first to complete the Slam by winning the PGA.

The first hole again proved a problem for the former Walker Cup player as he took five and another shot went at the short fourth hole. Palmer and Tom Watson spent their careers chasing it.

"The more years you go on playing PGAs, and if I don't win one in the next 10 years, then maybe there's added pressure", Spieth said.

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