"When I start hitting it the way I am now, I play well. I still could have made a par from that and moved on". "So I'm looking forward to the weekend and having an opportunity to keep making birdies and playing well".
Kevin Kisner tamed the devilishly hard greens at Quail Hollow to assume a healthy lead at the end of his second round, but expects putting to become even tougher as the US PGA Championship heads into the weekend.
He said: "On 17 I was off the green and we were talking about if we can get a tee shot on 18, we could finish the round". I haven't hit it this well this whole summer.
"I kind of accept the fact that I'm essentially out of this tournament pending some form of insane stuff the next couple of days", Spieth said. "That may have helped". I think that's why I feel like I'm ready to win major championships now versus a year ago, I probably didn't have that. He found his putting touch last week when he shot 61 in the final round to win at Firestone, and he is riding that momentum.
The good times kept rolling through Daly's 8:20 a.m. tee time he was at even par through 17 holes with four birdies to balance four bogeys.
"I didn't make the putts I've been making the first two days and just bad finish there", lamented world No 25 Kisner, who pulled his approach into water at the par-four 16th. The top contender among them is American Chris Stroud on five-under overall with five front-nine holes remaining.
"Probably the pressure had something to do with it, being in the last group in a major tournament", said Matsuyama.
"This is not the Quail Hollow we have gotten to know over the last 10 years", he said.
Five golfers are one stroke back at three-under, including reigning US Open champion Brooks Koepka, while several other elite players shot under par on Thursday.
After his 74 Friday left him at 11-over par for the tournament, Mickelson said he had played "atrocious" golf at both the British Open in July and this week at the PGA. "I'm sure going to give it a try". Matsuyama called that his best shot of the day.
McIlroy was two-storkes over par heading into the hole after carding a bogey on No. 9 at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C. "I'm not really controlling my thought process and where I want the ball to go".
"I'm happy I'm in the position I'm in", Kisner said after a round of 72. As soon as he teed off, you know, we all kind of flushed it down 18. 'Hey, show me something.' That doesn't sound right. He has already won three times on the PGA Tour this season and four times in his career.
Matsuyama took advantage of greens softened by an afternoon storm, reeling off five birdies on a six-hole stretch with a series of pinpoint approach shots to card a seven-under 64, a course record in light of the redesign of Quail Hollow before the championship.