Day, the 2015 champion, ran down the final fairway to finish before darkness completely enveloped the course, the result of the earlier near two-hour stoppage that prevented 26 players from completing their round.
Kisner, not the longest of hitters but unerringly accurate for the most part until he double-bogeyed the 16th and bogeyed the last, posted a seven-under 206 total, one stroke ahead of fellow American Stroud (71) and Japan's Matsuyama (73). "If we look historically back on my career, I think I will play this tournament worse than the other three majors just in the way that it's set up", Spieth told reporters. I could and should have finished at least in the under-par zone.
Across the first 11 holes, Kisner had all pars except for a birdie on No. 7.
If he can roll in a few big ones this weekend he could certainly be lifting the Wanamaker Trophy come Sunday evening. "I'm just hitting it in the wrong spots". Coupled with the fact that I hit the ball above the hole most of the time. Heavy rain and nearby lightning strikes forced players and spectators back inside, but the course yielded more birdies after play resumed.
"I'm not sure. I try to imagine, but we still have a lot of golf to play".
Coming off his second World Golf Championships victory last week after shooting a record-tying final-day 61 at the Bridgestone Invitational, Matsuyama credited his improved putting for Friday's score. Jason Day, who played a four-hole stretch in 5 under around the turn and before the storms, shot 66 and was two shots behind.
"I'd love to know what he thought he could really do with that second shot. I was able to lay down in the locker room and get some rest", world number three Matsuyama said.
McGirt, who teed off at 1:10 p.m. Friday, completed 11 holes before the horn sounded while he was preparing for a putt on the par-4 third hole.
The 30-year-old Kiwi climbed from 80th overnight at Quail Hollow into a share of 11th, amassing six birdies with his only blemish a bogey at the par-four 11th.
Fowler was alone on three-under but Ireland's Shane Lowry was making a fine job of playing himself into contention, picking up five shots in his first 15 holes to move from three-over to two-under. 15 and 17 to get back to even par for the day. He made five bogeys on the front nine and ended his day at 9 over par, 62 spots lower than his starting position and well below the cut line.
McGirt will stay in the Tar Heel state for next week's Wyndham Championship in Greensboro at Sedgefield Country Club.