PGA Championship: Friday recap and Saturday preview

PGA Championship: Friday recap and Saturday preview

by: Jonathon Warriner

Twitter: @Bracketologist3

Early in the day we saw more of the same from Thursdays play, players again struggled to break par. Kevin Kisner however looked like he was playing a completely different golf course. Kisner, who shot 67 yesterday, backed it up with another 67 today. Kisner, made 3 birdies and a bogey going out to turn in 34, after making pars on holes 1-6, Kisner then made a eagle from 50-feet away on hole 7, in route to shooting 33 on the back nine and posting 67. At the time looked like he would be leading by at least two or three shots. Rickie Fowler shot 70, which at the time looked like it was going to keep him in the final two groupings. Then in the afternoon, players started to figure out the golf course and make some birdies, but a weather delay forced action to stop. The rain softened the course considerably, which made birdies much more achievable. Hideki Masuyama, got extremely hot after turning in 2 under 33, Matsuyama made birdies on holes 12-15 and made another one on the tough Par-3 17th, as he shot 64. Francesco Molinari, shot a 64 of his own highlighted by an eagle chip in on the 7th hole. Louis Oosthuizen and Jason Day were the golfers who barley beat the horn and finished before darkness. Oosthuizen shot 33 on his front nine making 3 birdies, and added one at hole 5 to shoot a 67. Jason Day was at even par and 1-over for the day, before making eagle at 7, and birdies on holes 8-10, playing that stretch in 5 under Par. After a bogey at 11, Day made birdies on holes 13 and 14 in route to
finishing at 6-under par. 

Afte Day 2 here’s what the leaderboard looks like: 

T1 Kevin Kisner and Hideki Matsuyama -8

3.Jason Day -6

T4. Louis Oosthuizen, Francesco Molinari
and Chris Stroud -5

T7 Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas and Paul Casey -3

10. Byeong Hun An

Prediction for today’s play:

Play appears to have gotten much easier since yesterday with some rain storms. Rickie Fowler has been playing so well all year and is very comfortable around Quial Hollow, so it seems like a charge is inevitable. I expect Rickie to shoot a 65 and post 9-under in the clubhouse. Jason Day will make some early bogey but a strong finish to the day after making the turn will have him shooting 3-under 68 and posting 9-under as well. Louis Oosthuizen will shoot even on the front but add three birdies and a bogey coming in to shoot a 2-under par 69 and sit in the clubhouse at 7-under par. Kevin Kisner is a great golfer but this is truly his first time being in contention in a major. Look for Kisner to shoot 37 on the front nine and fall out of the lead, Kisner on the back will shoot 34 and finish with an even par round of 71 and be in the clubhouse at 8-under par. Hideki Matsuyama is fresh off a 64, so expect him to be up and down early on, and expect him to make the turn at even par and 8-under for the championship. Matsuyama will pick up 3 birdies on the back nine and shoot a 3-under 68 to finish at 11-under par. 
Here’s my projected Leaderboard after Round 3

1.Hideki Matsuyama -11

T2 Rickie Fowler and Jason Day -9

4.Kevin Kisner -8

5.Louis Oosthuizen -7

T6.Paul Casey and Francesco Molinari -6

T8.Brooks Koepka, Sung Kang and Chris Stroud -5

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