Former champs struggle while unexpected stars rise at PGA Championship

Former champs struggle while unexpected stars rise at PGA Championship

Former champs struggle while unexpected stars rise at PGA Championship

Matsuyama started the third round of the PGA Championship tied for the lead with Kevin Kisner but never got into gear, a bogey at the first setting the table for a pedestrian one-over-par 72.

He is tied with American Kevin Kisner on eight-under par and the duo are two shots clear of third-placed Jason Day. Old warhorses Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els also missed cut on their 100th Major appearance.

Lahiri, who finished fifth at the 2015 PGA Championship, had a specific goal in mind.

About Spieth's quest for a career grand slam. he's 3-over par, 11 shots behind.

Of his first round, Lahiri said, "Frankly I played solid but it was only in the second nine (front nine of the course) that I got going".

He can count on two FedEx Cup playoff events, but he'll probably have to show some form to advance through the PGA Tour's postseason and, more importantly to him, give US captain Steve Stricker a reason to pick him for the Presidents Cup.

CHARLOTTE - Unlike Jean Van de Velde or the fictional Roy McAvoy, Jason Day didn't wait until Sunday to endure a final-hole implosion. "Keep knocking on the door, and hopefully one day it will open", he said Friday through a translator.

DeLaet, who has never won a professional tournament on American soil, almost had a hole-in-one on the par-4 14th hole, driving the ball eight feet past the hole.

Lahiri said, "I would be putting things mildly if I said I was only disappointed". Just missed a birdie on 18. "I have to play great but we're only halfway through".

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Guardiola was pleased with his side's dominant display and expects his squad to go from strength to strength as they bed in.

So now his best chance is a Hail Mary on the weekend.

Spieth was hoping to become the youngest player to win all four majors.

Kisner, who is seeking his first major championship victory, has not fared well in the game's biggest events and is keen for that to change this week. I've played mini-tours, learned how to win there; played the Tour, learned how to win there; got to the PGA Tour, learned how to win there. "I just didn't handle it very well".

One of the good things of the day was that some of the things that I worked on with Vijay (Divecha) sir worked out, like attitude on the golf course.

Ahead of today's round, McIlroy insisted that Quail Hollow - where he has twice set a course record in the past 10 years - "gives you chances" to turn your luck around. "All I'm going to do is I'm going to do this every day". He birdied the 14th and on 15th he had an eagle putt, which horse-shoed out, but he did get a birdie and went into double figures at 10-under. "Because I would love to have him on the team".

The South Carolina native then saw his approach to the 18th bounce off a bridge spanning the creek which runs the length of the hole, but he was able to salvage a bogey from a hard lie in the thick rough.

"There's still 36 holes to go and a lot of golf to be played", he said.

"Hopefully it doesn't happen [at Quail Hollow]".

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