Matsuyama shares lead
Charlotte, US - Hideki Matsuyama birdied five of the last seven holes to seize a share of the lead with Kevin Kisner in Friday's storm-hit second round of the 99th PGA Championship.
World No 3 Matsuyama, coming off a World Golf Championships victory last week at Akron, fired a bogey-free seven-under par 64 to match Kisner at eight-under 134 for 36 holes at Quail Hollow in the year's final major tournament.
"I don't know if the other players should be nervous or not, but this is my first experience leading a major, or tied for the lead, after 36 holes," Matsuyama said. "So being a new experience, maybe I'll be a little nervous.
"But on the other hand, I'm looking forward to the weekend and seeing how I do."
A thunderstorm that halted play for nearly an hour and 45 minutes came after Matsuyama had made three consecutive birdies starting at the 12th hole, but he took advantage of wet conditions when play resumed and added birdies at the par-five 15th and par-3 17th.
Matsuyama, whose six top-ten finishes in 20 prior major starts include a runner-up effort at this year's US Open, could be- come the first Japanese man to win a major title and only the second Asian man to claim a major crown after South Korea's Yang Yong-Eun at the 2009 PGA.
Australia's Jason Day, the 2015 PGA winner and last year's runner-up, fired a 66 to stand third on 136.
Sharing fourth at five-under 137 in the clubhouse were Italy's Francesco Molinari, with a bogey-free 64, and South African Louis Oosthuizen, who shot a bogey-free 67.
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.
Day, also on a run of three consecutive birdies after a tap-in eagle at seven when the delay came, found trees off the tee and a bogey at 11 when play resumed, but bounced back with a 46-foot birdie putt at 13 and a 12-footer at 14.
Kisner, a US PGA Tour winner three months ago at Colonial, won his first US PGA Tour victory at Sea Island, Georgia, in 2015 in his 109th attempt.
Fourth-ranked Rory McIlroy fired his second consecutive 72 to stand ten shots adrift. He made four bogeys in five holes on the front side, then answered with birdies at the par-five seventh and par-4 eighth.
World No 2 Jordan Spieth, who won the British Open last
month, is chasing his fourth career major title and completion of a career Grand Slam at age 24, but closed with a bogey to shoot 73 and stand 11 strokes off the pace.
Hideki Matsuyama plays his shot from the 17th tee at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, US, on Friday