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Mickelson misses US PGA Championship cut for first time in 22 years

13 August 2017

This one hurt more than the others because he played in the Wells Fargo Championship previous year at Quail Hollow, made the cut and finished tied for 53rd.

Now, it has the trappings of a shootout.

Long after 25th-ranked Kisner reached the clubhouse with his second consecutive 67, players once fearful of lightning-fast greens attacked the dampened putting surfaces after the delay and soared up the leaderboard.

It was an unbelievable start, and the most excitement he delivered Friday. Then the storms arrived, and everything changed.

Third-ranked Matsuyama, trying to become the first Japanese man to win a major title, and 25th-ranked American Kisner, who won his second United States tour title in May at Colonial, still shared the second-round lead on eight-under par 134.

Seven players, Rickie Fowler among them, are at 2 under, and 10 more, including world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama and 2015 PGA victor Jason Day, are 1 under.

But having shot previous rounds of 61 and 62 at the course in North Carolina, McIlroy conceded that the revamped 7,600-yard layout was a very different proposition.

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John Daly went from contender to curmudgeon after a triple bogey on the 18th hole capped an eventful 24-hour period that included singing a Prince song onstage with Darius Rucker.

Jordan Spieth of the USA approaches his ball on the seventh hole.

Some guy named Rory McIlroy went on to win.

Instead of making up ground in the PGA Championship, Bernd Wiesberger missed the cut for the first time in a year.

But that was before the rain.

Matsuyama has more experience on the big stage. He has shot two rounds of 67 in the toughest conditions.

The home-state kid from nearby Raleigh playing in his first major as a professional turned in 1 over but tamed the back nine to card a 3-under 68. However, Kisner, Matsuyama, Day and Stroud have been sharp to this point, and they don't look like they are about to relinquish control of the PGA Championship.

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"As soon as he teed off we all kind of flushed it down 18", said Day, who ran down the fairway to save time. "And being able to combine that today, just felt like the old days - which is only previous year".

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He followed with two 3-woods that led to easy birdies, and Stricker shot a 1-under 70 that will allow him to make the cut.

With the added pressure of possibly becoming the youngest to ever win a career Grand Slam, Spieth opened with a 72. Spieth posted just one birdie - he has just four through the first 36 holes - and never built any momentum. And somebody from the names that are within striking distance should probably make a move on Friday to solidify himself as the favorite.

"I feel like my game truly suits the other three majors maybe more than a PGA Championship", he said. "Onto the weekend to try and fire at stuff". The group only five shots behind featured Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler and Paul Casey. Here are the players that trail Olesen and Kisner.

'If you told me I was going to hit my driver the way that I did today, I would have definitely thought I (would have shot) a few under par, which was an awesome score, ' he said. "There's lot of things that can happen". After Spieth missed his third birdie putt in the 12- to 16-foot range, Phelps muttered, "Where were those misses when we played?"

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Mickelson misses US PGA Championship cut for first time in 22 years