Rain de­lays game

Mat­suyama, Kis­ner share PGA Cham­pi­onship lead

Cape Breton Post - - Sports - BY DOUG FER­GU­SON

Hideki Mat­suyama never looks sat­is­fied with his shots or his score, no mat­ter how good they look.

Per­haps it will take win­ning a ma­jor to change that.

Five days af­ter the 25-year-old Ja­panese star closed with a 61 to win his sec­ond World Golf Cham­pi­onship, Mat­suyama mo­tored through a damp­ened Quail Hol­low with a 7-un­der 64 that gave him a share of the lead with Kevin Kis­ner (67) in the PGA Cham­pi­onship.

They were at 8-un­der 134, all but end­ing the hopes of Jor­dan Spi­eth to get the ca­reer Grand Slam this year.

Heavy rain that sus­pended play Fri­day af­ter­noon made Quail Hol­low more vul­ner­a­ble than it has been all week, only Spi­eth couldn’t take ad­van­tage.

He made only one birdie, fin­ished with a bo­gey, and shot a 73 to fin­ish 11 shots out of the lead.

“I kind of ac­cept the fact that I’m es­sen­tially out of this tour­na­ment pend­ing some form of crazy stuff the next cou­ple of days,’’ Spi­eth said.

Kis­ner faced tougher, faster con­di­tions in the morn­ing and holed a 50-foot eagle putt from short of the green on the par-5 sev­enth hole. When his round was over, Kis­ner had a five-shot lead over the play­ers from his side of the draw.

It didn’t look as though any­one would get close.

“These guys go­ing out this af­ter­noon, they break 70, they’ve done a hell of a job,’’ Rory McIl­roy said af­ter a 73 that put him 10 shots back.

A light rain be­gan fall­ing not long af­ter McIl­roy’s pre­dic­tion.

Then, the storms rolled in with heavy rain that drenched the course and forced a rain de­lay of 1 hour, 43 min­utes. And when the sec­ond round re­sumed, it felt like an en­tirely dif­fer­ent golf course.

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