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Matsuyama knocks on the major door

13 August 2017

Hideki Matsuyama charged into position to become the first Japanese man to win a major after joining Kevin Kisner in the second-round lead on eight-under-par at the PGA Championship on Friday.

It soured a brief comeback during which Day bagged three consecutive birdies from the par-4 14th which kept him in the hunt despite dropping four shots through 13 holes.

In third, two strokes behind, is 2015 USPGA Champion Jason Day who fired a five under par 66 on Friday. "But take him out of the equation - I feel like I'm still right there in the tournament".

"I've been upset with how I've played in the majors so far in my career", he said. I think the length is causing it. "I was hitting fairways but I wasn't getting the crisp contact that I was hoping for".

"One could be the toughest opening hole in golf", said Jim Furyk early in the week. So, the first holes were shaky by any standard and I was three-over.

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"It makes me nervous being in the lead after two days at a major, but I'm really looking forward to the next two days".

He chipped the next shot within a few feet of the hole and putted in for a five on the hole.

Rory McIlroy opened the second round of the PGA Championship with three straight pars.

Spieth also revealed who he thinks is the man to beat heading into the final round of the 2017 PGA Championship.

Recent hard work tweaking his swing is paying off.

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Mickelson, 47, had played well at Quail Hollow when the Wells Fargo tournament was played here. His real danger will be Matsuyama, who looms as the first golfer from Japan to win a major.

"Kind of stinks because it sets me back there", Spieth said.

He punched the 6-iron and it skipped twice along the cement path with so much speed that it went into the bunker, out of the bunker, onto the green and across the green until it settled in the light rough on the other side. I'm not even sure what my worst shot was - there were too many count.

However, the second round of the rain-delayed PGA Championship turned into a track meet as daylight turned to dusk with Day and playing partners Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson racing to their balls and playing "ready golf" so they could complete their round - and sleep in.

"I birdied them all today", Kisner said. Spieth endured a tough second day, carding a round of 73 to end the round 11-over, one behind McIlroy, who remained bullish over his chances despite being 10 shots behind the leader.

It is the first time a player on the PGA Tour has recorded back-to-back eagles since Marc Leishman last November.

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Matsuyama knocks on the major door