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Kisner 'excited about the opportunity' after grabbing lead

14 August 2017, 01:08 | Charlene Valdez

Kisner 'excited about the opportunity' after grabbing lead

Jason Day of Australia hits from behind a tree on the 18th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at the Quail Hollow Club Saturday Aug. 12 2017 in Charlotte N.C

Kevin Kisner, who shared the first round lead with Thorbjorn Olesen with 67 each, pulled ahead on Friday morning as scoring continued to be tough at Quail Hollow, a regular venue on PGA Tour, but hosting a Major for the first time.

Stroud has become the surprise story of the tournament, teeing off in the final paring Sunday alongside tournament leader Kevin Kisner. He missed the cut at the PGA for the first time since 1995.

Jordan Spieth's bid for a career Grand Slam is beginning to slip away.

"I'll be bored to death by then, ready to go play", Kisner was saying Friday.

About the featured group of Spieth, Garcia and Koepka - left to right, Claret Jug, green jacket, U.S. Open trophy - they had 14 bogeys Friday.

That could leave the final major of the year up for grabs over the final 36 holes on the weekend, but not for everybody. "So it was kind of like you're playing under the lights, which was nice", Day said.

Kisner, seeking his first major title, sank a 48-foot eagle putt at the seventh to highlight his second round. "I really haven't had the greatest year, '" he said prior to the opening round. His chip ran off the green, and he made double bogey. "I've always played other sports throughout my life and I've never been the biggest guy, so I had to find a way to get things done". I think that's why I feel like I'm ready to win a major championship now versus a year ago, I probably didn't have that.

The statistics tell an interesting story about Rory McIlroy: Rory won twice in 2015 and twice more in 2016, yet his statistics in 2017 - a year where he's had zero wins - have been better across the board than in either of those seasons.

"I've played mini-tours, learned how to win there", Kisner said. Day took a big risk and paid a big price, going from behind a tree to flower bushes, into the rough and short of the green. "I'm healthy. And just let it fall into place'".

American World No.1 Dustin Johnson, Japanese World No.3 Hideki Matsuyama, Spanish World No.6 Jon Rahm and Australian World No.7 Jason Day all scored 70 each to put them in a strong position after one round.

"I will try to improve on the weekend and try to get a couple of scores under par".

Stroud, who arrived early to finish the second round before returning several hours later, looked like he might go into the final day with the lead until he stumbled late. Even the putts Day missed looked like they might go in. "I just love it". Instead, he's heading in the opposite direction after making bogey on two of the first five holes.

"I said, 'Listen, I'll give you a beer tonight " just get it down there so that we can go, '" Oostiuzen said.

"Hopefully it doesn't happen [at Quail Hollow]".

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