US PGA Championship: Round Two

Rory McIlroy struggles to make up ground on the leaders on the second day at Quail Hollow

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  • 13:02
    Hello and welcome to the Irish Times live blog of the second round of the US PGA Championship at Quail Hollow, North Carolina. John O'Sullivan here and I'll be guiding you through play until the early evening, when Ruaidhri takes over for the night shift.
  • 13:06
    From an Irish perspective Rory McIlroy (+1) is out in about 20-minutes, Graeme McDowell (+2) at 1.50pm, Irish time while both Shane Lowry (+3) and Padraig Harrington (+8) are out this evening.  
  • 13:07
    In fact here are the second round tee times in full.  
  • 13:08

    1st tee.

     

    12.20 Bud Cauley, David Muttitt, Graham DeLaet (Can)

    12.30 Rod Perry, Yuta Ikeda (Jpn), Emiliano Grillo (Arg)

    12.40 Joost Luiten (Ned), Paul Claxton, Russell Henley

    12.50 Thongchai Jaidee (Tha), Patrick Cantlay, Soren Kjeldsen (Den)

    13.00 Omar Uresti, Y.E. Yang (Kor), Shaun Micheel

    13.10 Marc Leishman (Aus), Danny Lee (Nzl), Anirban Lahiri (Ind)

    13.20 Kevin Chappell, Byeong-Hun An (Kor), Mackenzie Hughes (Can)

    13.30 Jonas Blixt (Swe), Steve Stricker, Brian Harman

    13.40 Tyrrell Hatton (Eng), D.A. Points, Adam Hadwin (Can)

    13.50 Martin Laird (Sco), Bill Haas, Graeme McDowell (NIrl)

    14.00 Jeunghun Wang (Kor), Alexander Levy (Fra), Jamie Broce

    14.10 JJ Wood, Ryan Fox (Nzl), Haotong Li (Chn)

    14.20 Jaysen Hansen, Cody Gribble, Chez Reavie

    17.35 Stuart Deane, Shane Lowry (Irl), Pablo Larrazabal (Spa)

    17.45 Alex Noren (Swe), Scott Hebert, Russell Knox (Sco)

    17.55 Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn), Ernie Els (Rsa), Ian Poulter (Eng)

    18.05 Robert Streb, Daniel Summerhays, Chris Wood (Eng)

    18.15 Tommy Fleetwood (Eng), Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed

    18.25 Charl Schwartzel (Rsa), Bubba Watson, Paul Casey (Eng)

    18.35 Brooks Koepka, Sergio Garcia (Spa), Jordan Spieth

    18.45 Jason Day (Aus), Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson (Swe)

    18.55 Keegan Bradley, Padraig Harrington (Irl), Davis Love III

    18.05 Zach Johnson, Lee Westwood (Eng), Charley Hoffman

    18.15 David Lingmerth (Swe), Scott Brown, Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel)

    18.25 Scott Hend (Aus), Kenny Pigman, Andrew Johnston (Eng)

    18.35 Brian Smock, Kelly Kraft, Patrick Rodgers

  • 13:08

    10th tee.

     

    12.25 Matt Dobyns, Lucas Glover, Hideto Tanihara (Jpn)

    12.35 Mike Small, Jason Kokrak, Satoshi Kodaira (Jpn)

    12.45 Thomas Bjorn (Den), Branden Grace (Rsa), Pat Perez

    12.55 Luke Donald (Eng), Adam Scott (Aus), Webb Simpson

    13.05 Billy Horschel, Matthew Fitzpatrick (Eng), Si Woo Kim (Kor)

    13.15 Phil Mickelson, Jimmy Walker, Jason Dufner

    13.25 Jon Rahm (Spa), Rory McIlroy (NIrl), Rickie Fowler

    13.35 Matt Kuchar, Justin Rose (Eng), Chris Kirk

    13.45 Jim Furyk, Daniel Berger, Kevin Kisner

    13.55 Ross Fisher (Eng), Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spa), Ryan Moore

    14.05 Jhonattan Vegas (Ven), Bryson DeChambeau, Jordan Smith (Eng)

    14.15 Alex Beach, Sean O'Hair, Kevin Na

    14.25 Luke List, Chris Moody (Eng), Jamie Lovemark

    17.30 Rich Berberian Jr., Grayson Murray, Peter Uihlein

    17.40 Adam Rainaud, Tony Finau, Fabrizio Zanotti (Par)

    17.50 Dave McNabb, Young-Han Song (Kor), Charles Howell III

    18.00 Sung Kang (Kor), Wesley Bryan, Dylan Frittelli (Rsa)

    18.10 William McGirt, Francesco Molinari (Ita), Jim Herman

    18.20 Gary Woodland, Andy Sullivan (Eng), Kyle Stanley

    18.30 Rich Beem, Vijay Singh (Fij), John Daly

    18.40 Danny Willett (Eng), Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa), J.B. Holmes

    18.50 Thomas Pieters (Bel), Xander Schauffele, Rodney Pampling (Aus)

    19.00 Brendan Steele, Thorbjorn Olesen (Den), Hudson Swafford

    19.10 Cameron Smith (Aus), Bernd Wiesberger (Aut), Brandon Stone (Rsa)

    19.20 K.T. Kim (Kor), Greg Gregory, James Hahn

    19.30 Richard Sterne (Rsa), Ryan Vermeer, Chris Stroud

     

  • 13:09
    But what about the pin positions I hear you say. Right so.  
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  • 13:09
    Very clever caption to this picture. Geddit.  
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  • 13:10
    McIlroy on the range a little earlier.  
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  • 13:18
    Lucas Glover and Jason Kokrak are the only two players currently on the course who are under par for their rounds.
  • 13:18
    The cut mark as things stand is three over par but that will go out, to what I'm not sure.  
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  • 13:22
    Right a little bit about our leaders starting with Kevin Kisner.  
  • 13:24

    It’s interesting that joint leader Kevin Kisner, the 33-year-old from South Carolina, is by modern standards, relatively short off the tee yet still managed to post a four under par 67 in the first round of the US PGA Championship at Quail Hollow.

     

    He is in 127th place in the PGA Tour rankings in driving distance (288.3 yards average) but in 15th place in terms of accuracy. Speaking after his round he said his goal was to hit fairways and to make birdies on seven, eight, 14 and 15 the holes he considered birdie opportunities.

     

    He did this and threw in another couple of birdies as well as two bogeys. He has one win, six Top 10 finishes and is ranked 25th in the world, proving that he has the game to challenge for a Major.

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  • 13:26

    QUICK FACTS ABOUT CO-LEADER DENMARK'S THORBJORN OLESEN (-4)

     

    His first name is Jacob but because it was quite common in his school in Denmark he chose to be called by his middle name, which translated into English means Thunderbear.      

     

    He is ranked 208 on the PGA Tour money list.

     

    He has a sponsorship deal with ISPS Handa, becoming a global ambassador for the charity, which supports disabled golf.

     

    He played soccer until he was 15, is a big fan of FC Copenhagen and Manchester United and turned pro when he was 18.  

  • 13:28
    Right Rors is ready and off we go.  
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  • 13:51
    Sorry I was trying to sort out watching the McIlroy group but that has proved impossible for now. Starting on the 10th tee, he couldn't take advantage of the par five, in fact having to scarmble for a par as this picture shows.  
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  • 13:52
    Jon Rahm makes a birdie to move to two under, a mark on which he joins the third member of the threeball Rickie Fowler.  
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  • 13:54
    McIlroy's second shot caused the problems. Here's where he ended up.  
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  • 13:54
    And Doug Ferguson explains what Rory did next.  
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  • 13:55
    Here's the weekend forcast for Quail Hollow. Irish summer conditions.  
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  • 13:55
    Here's today's weather update.
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  • 14:04
    Hideto Tanihara is just a couple of shots back, having made two birdies in his first five holes. I backed him at long odds to win the Irish Open at Portstewart and he was careless with my money in the final round. Just saying.  
  • 14:08
    Graeme McDowell (+2) has caught the left rough with his opening tee shot and will have 232 yards from there to the pin on the first green.  
  • 14:10
    The greens are firm and with no rain expected today there is no doubt that the early starters will have the better of the Bermuda grass putting surfaces that gets a little grainy later in the day.  
  • 14:10
  • 14:11
    It is pars all round for the McIlroy/Fowler/Rahm group on the 11th, their second hole.  
  • 14:15
    Kevin Kisner (-5) takes the outright lead with a birdie on the 10th hole, his first, holing from about nine feet. Not bad for a player whose average driving distance yesterday was 289 yards.  
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  • 14:16
    Okay, I'm not sure if this played the first time so here's another go at McIlroy's miracle shot on the 10th, his first hole.  
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  • 14:18
    McIlroy's shoved his tee shot on the 12th way right, 331 yards in distance but it's in a different postcode. Fowler is in the rough on the other side of the fairway while Rahm is as Bing Crosby sang, 'straight down the middle.'
  • 14:21

    DA Points, Darren Andrew, since you ask, has bogeyed the first to drop back to two under.


    He's the subject of my first did you know that Points won the 2011 AT&T Pebble Beach National tournament and also the Pro-Am part when assisted by comedian Billy Murray, yes he of Caddyshack fame.  

  • 14:23
    Here's some golfing eye candy from yesterday.  
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  • 14:25
    STAT ATTACK: The scoring average for Round 1 was 74.37 with the Green Mile (16,17 and 18) the most difficult holes and 15 the easiest with 60 birdies.  
  • 14:34
    McIlroy, despite his errant tee shot, makes a par but both Rahm (-1) and Fowler (-1) make bogeys on the 12th.  
  • 14:35
    At the par three 13th, McIlroy (+1) and Fowler (-1) miss the green left, while Rahm (-1) is short and right.  
  • 14:35
  • 14:36
    Is the course playing tough I hear you ask? Well.......
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  • 14:38
    Adam Scott (+3) is three over for his round today after just five holes. He is not alone in his struggles.  
  • 14:41
    Hideto Tanihara (-2) and Jason Kokrak (+2) are each two under for their respective rounds and currently playing the best golf of anyone on the course.  
  • 14:42
    All three players in the McIlroy group get up and down for par but Rahm then pulls his tee shot into the water on the 14th, all the while screaming at the ball in the air.  
  • 14:53
  • 14:55
    Kisner moves two clear at the top of the leaderboard with a birdie on the 12th, his third hole.  
  • 14:56
    Jason Kokrak, who won the Long Drive Competition on Tuesday (321 yards), is hot this morning,  three under through seven holes on the back nine. He's 1-over for the tournament, tied-28.
  • 14:59
    McIlroy (+1) misses from six feet for birdie, Rahm (even) makes bogey and Fowler (-2) manages a birdie; contrasting fortunes as they say.  
  • 15:04
    McIlroy crushes it 327 yards down the 15th fairway, Fowler 293 to the left intermediate rough and Rahm 297 to the left intermediate rough. Fowler and Rahm have over 250 yards for their second shots to the par five.  
  • 15:05
    Kisner (-5) gives one of his two birdies back on the par three, 13th, misses the green right and short and fails to get up and down.  
  • 15:09
    McDowell (+4) has two bogeys in his first four holes and needs to stop the bleeding and quick.  
  • 15:09
  • 15:10
    Birdie for McIlroy on the 15th and he's back to level par for the tournament as he heads into the Fearsome Green Mile of the 16th, 17th and 18th holes at Quail Hollow.  
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  • 15:15
    The par four, 16th is playing four yards shorter at 511 yards. It was the most difficult hole in round one. It's where the McIlroy group is now.  
  • 15:22
    Jordan Smith with a couple of birdies and DA Points with a birdie on the 13th to go back to level par for his round are just a couple of shots back on three under.  
  • 15:23
    Rahm watches another shot go on the par five 15th, his third bogey in six holes and he's now one over for the tournament. Fowler (-2) manages a par but McIlroy's birdie is a boost going into the toughest part of the course.  
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  • 15:24
    Eh Rory nudged that one out a bit. Just the 65 yards past Fowler.  
  • 15:26
    16th hole: 511 yards. McIlroy, drive, gap wedge to eight feet. Seriously.  
  • 15:27
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  • 15:33

    So who is Jordan Smith?

     

    Born in Bath, he didn’t start golf until the age of 12 and played in the 2014 Walker Cup before turning professional in 2014. Went from EuroPro Tour to European Tour in the space of two remarkable years.  

     

    Gained his Challenge Tour playing rights for the 2016 campaign by topping the 2015 PGA EuroPro Tour before winning twice en route to the Road to Oman title the following year.  

     

    Alongside eventual winner Graeme Storm and fellow contender Rory McIlroy, was in the mix to win the 2017 BMW SA Open before finishing third in just his third appearance as a full member. Won his maiden European Tour title in a play-off against Alex Levy at the 2017 Porsche European Open

  • 15:33
  • 15:34
    Mohammed de Profit The fix is in. The obsessive attention on McIlroy... tedious at this stage. Barely a mention of, say, Matsuyama.
  • 15:35
    McIlroy can't convert his birdie opportunity and he and Fowler make par on the 16th, but it's a fourth dropped shot in the last six holes for Rahm (+2).  
  • 15:36
    Kisner (-6) once again has a two shot lead after his third birdie of the round.  
  • 15:40
  • 15:40
    Fowler (-3) is three back but that's a rare birdie on the par three, 17th.  
  • 15:54
  • 15:56
    Fowler (-3), McIlroy (level) and Rahm (+2) have made it through the Green Mile, the American in one under, the Northern Irishman in regulation figures and the Spaniard in one over.  
  • 15:56
  • 16:00
    The biggest move of the day so far has come from Jason Dufner who has played the back nine, his first nine holes, in four under, 32 shots, and is one under for the tournament.  
  • 16:01
    Fowler stops off for a quick chat on the walk from the 18th green to the first tee to catch up with Jordan Spieth.  
  • 16:01
  • 16:03
    The first hole is playing 23 yards shorter than yesterday at 504 yards. The course is 136 yards shorter than yesterday's first round set-up.  
  • 16:13
    McIlroy catches sand with his approach to the first, he spahes out to about seven feet and will have that for par.  
  • 16:17
    Darren Andrew or DA Points as he's know recovers from a dropped shot on the seventh with a birdie on the eighth. The 40-year-old is a former winner round this Quail Hollow course.  
  • 16:19
    Kisner remains the leader at six under through eight holes. He's playing the 18 after making pars on 16 and 17. DA Points ijoins Thorbjorn Olesen on four under. Fowler is the only golfer at three under who is on the courseat the moment.  
  • 16:22
    McDowell (+6) continues to leak shots with four bogeys through the first eight holes.  
  • 16:22
    STOP THE PRESSES: Kevin Na has gone from eight over to three over with five birdies in his first six holes.  
  • 16:23
  • 16:23
    Okay for those who like their yardages here you go.
  • 16:23
  • 16:28
    Dufner back to level par with a bogey on the first, his 10th hole.  
  • 16:38
    McIlroy (+1) three puts the second hole, his 11th. He's going to be frustrated if he cen't get it home in one or two under from here. Fowler (-3) continues to make serene progress while Rahm (+2) probably needs a sedative.  
  • 16:38
  • 16:41
    McDowell (+7) watches another shot go at the ninth. He's taken 40 shots, five over regualtion figures to the 10th. The cut mark is going to go to four or five but he has a massive task to rescue the round and guarantee a place at the weekend.  
  • 16:44
    Especially for the earlier request.
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  • 16:45
    McIlroy's misbehaving driver but he rescues himself on three.
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  • 16:49
    Lucas Glover, a Clemson graduate and past Wells Fargo champion, is three under through 15 on his round. He's  one over for the tournament and T-24.
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  • 16:50
    Defending champion Jimmy Walker is nine over.  
  • 17:07
  • 17:07
    CLAXTON WARNING
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  • 17:10
    A few technical issues but a few issues too for McIlroy, back to back bogeys means that he slips to two over par for the tournament. The cut line is currently plus four. Fowler (-3) continues on his merry way while Rahm is on the same mark as McIlroy.  
  • 17:10
    Ryan Fox (level), a son of former All Blacks who played well in the Irish Open at Portstewart, is four under through nine holes.  
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  • 17:14
    A good effort from Justin Rose who is one under for his round today and right on the cut mark as it stands at four over par.  
  • 17:15
  • 17:16
    Rahm (+3) misses from six feet for par on the fifth, his 14th. Wouldn't like to be the Spaniard's dog.  
  • 17:18
    McIroy (+3) with his third bogey in four holes. Having negotiated the Green Mile without, he's given up shots, throwing in two three-putts.    
  • 17:20
    Dufner (+3) starting on the 10th had four birdies on his front nine. He's had a double bogeys and two bogeys in the first six holes of THE front nine.  
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  • 17:23
    Kisner (-6), Points (-4) and Fowler (-3) will all enjoy their lunch if get in on those marks.  
  • 17:25
    There are currently 72 players on the cut mark of +3
  • 17:26
    There are currently 72 players on +3 or better; it's the cut mark for now.  
  • 17:26
  • 17:31
  • 17:33
    McIlroy, who dipped to T-48 with his latest bogey, has averaged two putts on the greens he's hit in regulation today and lost 1.8 strokes to the field on his approach shots.
  • 17:33
    Right and you can add to that a fourth bogey in five holes. McIlroy (+4) is outside the cut mark.  
  • 17:37
    McIlroy missed the green ar the par three and failed to get up and down, missing his par putt from six feet.  
  • 17:38
    McDowell (+8) is six over for his round through 12 holes.  
  • 17:40
    In a little over 20-minutes Ruaidhri Croke is going to take you through the rest of the second day's play at Quail Hollow. From an Irish perspective, Lowry (+3) and Harrington (+8) will be in action.  
  • 17:40
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  • 17:43
    Byeong Hun An (-3) jumps into a tie for third place, a round that includes an eagle at the seventh.  
  • 17:45
    The round of the day so far belongs to Ryan Fox, a son of former All Black Grant, who is five under for 10 holes. Five birdies have seen him climb to one under for the tournament. He won the 2016 Northern Ireland OPen at Galgorm Castle.  
  • 18:00
    McIlroy (+3) birdies the seventh, his 16th hole, despite missing the gren in two at the par five.  
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  • 18:02
    Right Ruaidhri is in the building to take you through McIlroy's final two holes. Stay with him for an entertaining evening. He's a plus five blogger. Thanks for your company. I'll be back tomorrow.  
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  • 18:05

    Thanks John, Ruaidhri Croke here with you through the evening and into the small hours of Saturday as we get to feast our eyes on the likes of Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama to name a few.

    But talking about big names it's all going wrong for Rory McIlroy and he's rapidly destroying his chances of getting his hands on a third Wanamaker Trophy. After negotiating the first 10 holes in -1, he went through the next five holes in +4 and was suddenly right on the current projected cut mark.

    That will go to +5 or possibly even +6 depending on the weather in the afternoon but there's no getting away from the fact that this has turned very ugly for McIlroy, especially considering the fact that he's playing the course backwards meaning that the much easier nine is his back nine. However, he has just managed to birdie the seventh - his 16th - and is now back to +3.

    -6: Kisner (15)

    -5: Points (15)

    -4: Murray (1), Olesen

    -3: An (15), Fowler (16), Points (13), Woodland, Koepka, Stroud

    -2: Finau, Herman, Reed, Casey

    -1: Fox (10), Matsuyama, Kang, Fleetwood, Oosthuizen, Day, D Johnson

    Irish leaderboard: +3: Lowry, +3: McIlroy (16), +8: McDowell (12), +8: Harrington

    If you're wondering about the fortunes of any particular player just use the 'Contact Us' button to get in touch and I'll give you all of the information you need.

  • 18:11

    Finally we have some movement in the right direction for Rory McIlroy!

    After that much-needed birdie at the seventh, he's rolled another one in at the eighth and is now back to +2. Another birdie on his final hole and he'll still be in this but will need a fast start on Saturday. I feel like I type those words far too often these days.

  • 18:15

    Those back-to-back birdies were crucial for McIlroy but, despite them, he's now 10 shots behind the lead!

    That's because Kisner has held a raker of an eagle putt from the front of the par five seventh green - his 16th - and is now up to -8 and -4 for the day! The American looks thoroughly unsurprised or excited about it but that must be how he keeps his emotions in check. If he gets his hands on the trophy on Sunday he might just allow himself a smile. Maybe.

  • 18:15
  • 18:17

    -8: Kisner (16)

    -5: Points (15)

    -4: Olesen

    -3: An (17), Fowler (17), Murray (2) Woodland, Koepka, Stroud

    -2: Finau (1), Herman, Reed, Casey

    -1: Fox (10), Matsuyama, Kang, Fleetwood, Oosthuizen, Day, D Johnson

    Irish leaderboard: +3: Lowry, +2: McIlroy (17), +7: McDowell (14), +8: Harrington

  • 18:27

    Over to the ninth we go and McIlroy, Fowler and Rahm playing their last hole.

    McIlroy bombed his tee shot 365 yards down the middle and was only left with a wedge. This is the department of his game that has been, frankly, atrocious. But this time he gets a good one away, flying it over the pin and spinning it up to 12 feet. For a third birdie in a row and a salvaged level par round of 71 he sets it off, left to right, it's tracking beautifully but, somehow, stops right on the edge! Half the ball is hanging over the hole but it refuses to drop. That's a second consecutive round of 71 for McIlroy and he'll go into the weekend at +2.

    Fowler tidies up nicely from the back of the green for a par and a cool as you like round of 70. That has him at -3 and lurking exactly where he'd want to be.

    Rahm also makes par and will safely make the weekend but he will not be a happy man after that round of 75 leaves him at +3.

     

  • 18:29

    -8: Kisner (16)


    -4: Olesen


    -3: Fowler (F:70), Points (16), Murray (2), Woodland, Koepka, Stroud


    -2: An (F:69), Finau (2), Herman, Reed, Casey


    -1: Matsuyama (1), Kang (1), Fleetwood, Oosthuizen, Day, D Johnson


    Irish leaderboard: +3: Lowry (3), +2: McIlroy (17), +6: McDowell (15), +8: Harrington

  • 18:34

    So, a quick round up of some news around the course.

    Firstly, it's turned really, really bad for Points at the Green Mile. At the par four 16th he notched up a double bogey to slip back to -3 and, at the par three 17th, he's hit his tee shot into the water. After dropping and hitting his third he will face about 20 feet for a bogey.  

    That means Kevin Kisner now holds a four shot lead over Thorbjorn Olesen with the Dane not set to tee off for another half an hour.

    Over at the third Shane Lowry has made it a third consecutive par to start and remains at +3.

    And, on the back nine, McDowell is making a late charge towards getting inside the cut mark. He's birdied the 14th and 15th to get back to +6 for the tournament and two shots outside the current projected cut mark. However, he now faces into the fearsome Green Mile where pars are at a premium, never mind the birdies that McDowell so desperately needs.

  • 18:36
  • 18:37

    The Green Mile has absolutely eaten up DA Points. He isn't the first and he certainly won't be the last but, less than half an hour after being just one shot off the lead, he's now seven shots behind. What a funny game it is.

    That's because he failed to make that bogey putt at the 17th, making it back-to-back double bogeys and dropping the American all the way back to -1. Ouch.

  • 18:43

    The first hole at Quail Hollow is playing more than half a stroke over par today and that's no surprise given the front pin position and the length of 524 yards for a par four. About to take on the brute is the group of Jordan Spieth (+1), Sergio Garcia (+4) and Brooks Koepka (-3) who are all on the tee.

    It's a distinct advantage starting at the 10th today and Gary Woodland has made the most of that. Two excellent shots to 12 feet and a putt to match have the American off to the perfect start and he's now -4 alongside Olesen.

    Meanwhile, McDowell has just undone the good work of those consecutive birdies in the blink of an eye with an ugly double bogey at the 16th. That's the Green Mile biting back and it's ensured that the 2010 US Open champion won't be playing at the weekend.

    Alongside him on a weekend off will be Phil Mickelson. The American followed yesterday's 79 with a 74 today and bows out at a grim final score of +11.

  • 18:51

    Birdie time for Shane Lowry!

    After those three pars to start he's rolled in a birdie at the 184 yard par three fourth and is now back to +2 alongside McIlroy. He wasn't too happy with his group being put on the clock yesterday and you can read more about that from our man in Charlotte Philip Reid here.

    Next on the first tee is the group of Jason Day (-1), Dustin Johnson (-1) and Henrik Stenson (+3). We're really getting into the meat of the afternoon wave now!

    They're all chasing Kevin Kisner and -8 will be the mark to get to. That's because Kisner has finished with a par for a second consecutive round of 67 to take to the clubhouse with a four shot lead. I'll keep you posted if he breaks out into a smile any time soon. But I don't hold out much hope.

  • 18:52
  • 18:55

    It's pars all round for the group of Spieth (+1), Garcia (+4) and Koepka (-3) at the first.

    -8: Kisner (F:67)

    -4: Woodland (1), Olesen

    -3: Fowler (F:70), Koepka (1), Stroud

    -2: An (F:69), Reed (1), Casey (1)

    Irish leaderboard: +2: Lowry (4), +2: McIlroy (F:72), +8: McDowell (17), +8: Harrington

    If you're wondering about the fortunes of any particular player just use the 'Contact Us' button to get in touch and I'll give you all of the information you need.

  • 19:08

    McDowell finishes valiantly with a birdie at the 18th but that's a round of 76 and a total of +7 meaning he won't be around for the weekend.

    Over at the fifth Lowry has followed his birdie at the fourth with a good par at the fifth and remains at +2.

    Meanwhile, world number two Hideki Matuyama has opened with three pars to remain at -1 alongside Day, Johnson and Oosthuizen to name a few.

  • 19:20

    The rain is coming down at Quail Hollow but, thankfully, there is no lightning around.

    Spieth has followed his par at the first with another at the second and remains +1.  

    And we have a new man to -5! Thorbjorn Olesen is showing no sign of nerves in this second round, successfully making a birdie at the 10th to get to within three of Kisner.

  • 19:36

    The rain is really thumping down now and, with it, Spieth has dropped a shot. And, like was the case on a number of occasions yesterday, it's a putt you would have expected him to make. That's Spieth back to +2 and now eight behind Kisner.

    The rain will at least slow the greens down a little and give the players chances to pick up some shots. That's exactly what Matsuyama has done at the fifth by adding a birdie to four pars to start and he's now up to -2.

    Meanwhile, Lowry is still trundling along nicely with pars at the sixth and the seventh. That means he's still -1 for the day and +2 for the tournament.

    -8: Kisner (F:67)

    -5: Olesen (2)

    -4: Woodland (4)

    -3: Fowler (F:70), Koepka (2), Stroud

    -2: An (F:69), Murray (7), Finau (6), Matsuyama (6), Reed (4), Oosthuizen (2) Reed (1), Oosthuizen (2)

    Irish leaderboard: +2: Lowry (7), +2: McIlroy (F:72), +8: McDowell (F:76), +8: Harrington (2)

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  • 19:45
    Kkevinhussey2010@gmail.com Score for Stenson, please
  • 19:46

    A weather warning has been posted on all of the leaderboards around the course. For now I think we're still okay but there are thunderstorms in surround areas.

    At the third Dustin Johnson found the bunker with his approach. From there he splashed out to six feet but left a devilish putt down the slops which burned the edge but rolled and rolled ... and rolled down the slope. From there he does well to tidy up for a bogey but that's the world number one back to level par after three holes.  

    Meanwhile, at the 16th - his seventh - Tony Finau has just popped in a third birdie in a row and is now up to -3!

    On the request for Stenson - he has parred his opening two holes and remains at +3.

  • 19:53

    Another good par for Lowry at the eighth and he remains at +2. If he can pick up a birdie or two on his back nine he's right in contention here.

    Meanwhile, Woodland misses an excellent short birdie chance at the 13th - his fourth - and remains at -4. Even with the moisture these greens are still absolutely fearsome.

  • 19:58
    Ken johnston How is mcilroy doing
  • 20:00

    Kisner's lead is out to four once again. That's due to a dropped shot from Olesen on the 12th - his third - and he slips back to -4.


    He's now joined by Chris Stroud who has birdied his first hole.


    And, over at the par three fourth Stenson flew a gorgeous tee shot into a few feet and slotted the birdie putt home to get back to +2.


    For Lowry it's a par at nine, completing a front half of -1 and leaving him at +2.

  • 20:00
    As for McIlroy, he finished a couple of hours ago with a second consecutive 72 to sit at +2 going into the weekend.
  • 20:12

    -8: Kisner (F:67)

    -4: Stroud (1), Olesen (3), Woodland (5)

    -3: Fowler (F:70), Matsuyama (8), Oosthuizen (5)

    -2: An (F:69), Koepka (5), Reed (7)

    Irish leaderboard: +2: Lowry (9), +2: McIlroy (F:72), +8: McDowell (F:76), +7: Harrington (3)

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  • 20:15

    As you can see there we have two new men to -3!

    One of them is last week's winner Matsuyama after a birdie at the par five eighth to get him to -2 for the day.

    Alongside him is Oosthuizen who, playing the course the wrong way round, has picked up two birdies in his opening five holes to get to -3.

    Meanwhile, Koepka is getting it all wrong. After a bogey at the fifth he's just followed it up with another at the sixth and is now right back to -1.

    As the rain hammers down Kevin Kisner must be one happy man with his feet up watching everyone struggle to get within even three shots of him.

    Spieth still remains 10 back at +2 while Dustin Johnson and Jason Day both sit eight back after early bogeys in their rounds.

  • 20:18

    Make that two bogeys for DJ. A poor pitch from the front of the fifth green left him with 25 feet for par and he couldn't pull it off. The world number one now slips back to -1.

    However, world number two Matsuyama, had no such problems in saving par from that distance. He's just done so at the ninth to complete a front nine of -2 and remain -3 for the tournament.

    Alongside him now is Woodland who has bogeyed his sixth - the 15th - the fall five behind Kisner.

  • 20:25
    P R O'Brien Idea as to the projected cut line?
  • 20:27

    At the moment it's at +4. However it's expected to go to +5.

    But Shane Lowry certainly isn't worrying about the cut mark at the moment, he's getting himself right in contention!

    A birdie at the par five 10th has him to -2 for the day and +1 for the tournament which is currently in a tie for 26th.

  • 20:36

    Shane Lowry!

    The Offalyman is on a serious roll now and is showing no signs of stopping.  

    From 179 yards at the par four 11th he fires his approach to 20 feet, walks up there and nails the putt. He's now back to level par and moving along with some serious momentum.

    Meanwhile, Koepka has finally found the first birdie from the group of himself, Spieth and Garcia. It's come at the par five seventh and it gets the US Open champio back up to -2 while Spieth remains +2 and Garcia +6.

  • 20:41
  • 20:51

    A birdie and a bogey in his first six holes have Pádraig Harrington still at +8. It's a much steadier day for the winner of this major in 2008 but he currently sits four shots outside the cut mark, although it may well move to +5. Either way, he has a lot of work on his hands if he's to be here for the weekend.

    Meanwhile, Dustin Johnson is not enjoying his day. He's followed a bogey at the fifth with another at the sixth and has just failed to birdie the par five seventh, meaning he remains at +2 and +3 for the day.

    However, the best round of the day belongs to New Zealand's Ryan Fox. He's just signed for a superb 66 to finish -1. It's been some rise for the Kiwi - this time last year he was winning the Northern Ireland Open on the Challenge Tour at Galgorm Castle. This year's event started yesterday but, understandably, he's not back to defend his title!

  • 20:59

    Louis Oosthuizen gets it to -4!

    The 2010 British Open champion has added a birdie at the 16th - his seventh - to two previous birdies at the 10th and 14th and is now in second place on his own.

    After DJ didn't take advantage of that par five seventh but JD certainly has! Day has gone and eagled the long hole for the second day in a row and is now right up to -2. Can he reclaim the title he won two yeara ago?

    Unfortunately I have bad news for all you Thorbjorn Olesen fans out there. At the 15th, his sixth, he was wild with his tee shot and it's all resulted in a double bogey six. That means the Dane is now back to -2 and six shots off the lead.

    After a solid 69 to start yesterday, it's not going so well for Paul Casey today. After a bogey at the third he's just made another at the eighth and is now back to level par for the tournament, alongside Lowry.

    -8: Kisner (F:67)

    -4: Oosthuizen (7)

    -3: Fowler (F:70), Matsuyama (9), Woodland (6)

    -2: An (F:69), Molinari (9), Reed (9), Koepka (8), Day (7), Olesen (6), Stroud (4)

    Irish leaderboard: E: Lowry (12), +2: McIlroy (F:72), +8: McDowell (F:76), +8: Harrington (6)

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  • 21:02

    Shane Lowry is lighting it up!

    He's reached the par three 13th and level par. It's 208 yards and Lowry opts to work a high fade in which pitches and rolls out, almost catching the flag and dropping in before it finishes up 14 feet away. he has that to get into the top 10!

  • 21:08

    It's been a very disappinting year for Jason Day with issues both on and off the course. His mother's illness, coupled with back trouble has understandably affected his golf and, so far, he's winless this year. However, on Wednesday he said that he's fully fit and hungry to win again. And he's showing it. After that eagle at the seventh he's birdied the eighth and is now up to -3!

    Meanwhile, for the Stenson fan out there, it's bad news I'm afraid as he's dropped the shot he picked up earlier and is now back to +3.

  • 21:09
  • 21:11

    It hasn't been a good front nine for Spieth and it doesn't look like getting much better at the 10th. He's snapped his drive left into the trees and will need a bit of luck to have a shot to get near the green there.

    One man thundering along is Francesco Molinari. He started the day at +2 but, thanks to birdies at the 10th, 11th, 14th and 18th, he's now up to -2 with nine holes to play!

  • 21:12

    Hideki Matsuyama pulls alongside Oosthuizen at -4!


    The Japanese has added a birdie at the 11th to earlier ones at the fifth and seventh and is now in a tie for second. That's ominous. The form man is just nicely moving himself into position...

  • 21:17
    P J how is Lowry doing ?
  • 21:18

    It's another birdie for Lowry!

    After that superb tee shot at the par three 14th, his birdie putt missed on the left edge. However, it didn't take him long to make up for it as he did so at the short par four 14th. After tugging his drive left and luckily avoiding the water, he pitched up to a few feet and rolled it in to get to -4 for the day and into the top 10 at -1!

    -8: Kisner (F:67)

    -4: Oosthuizen (8), Matsuyama (12)

    -3: Fowler (F:70), Day (8), Stroud (5)

    -2: An (F:69), Molinari (10), Reed (10), Woodland (9)

    Irish leaderboard: -1: Lowry (14), +2: McIlroy (F:72), +8: McDowell (F:76), +9: Harrington (8)

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  • 21:21

    Jason Day picks up yet another birdie!

    He's followed the eagle at the seventh and the birdie at the eighth with another birdie at the ninth to go out in -3 and get to -4 for the tournament, alongside Oosthuizen and Matsuyama in a tie for second.

    Dustin Johnson managed to birdie the eighth and save a good par on the ninth to go out in +2 and remain at +1 for the tournament.

  • 21:24

    But that tie for second didn't last long.

    After another majestic iron shot at the par three 13th Matsuyama confidently rolls in the putt for a two to get to -5 and into second on his own.

    For the reader asking about Sergio Garcia, you can be assured that he won't be here for the weekend. He's completed his front nine in +3 and is now +7 for the tournament, three shots outside the projected cut mark.

  • 21:29

    Big trouble for Spieth at the par five 10th and the hopes of completing the career grand slam this week are looking slimmer and slimmer by the minute. After driving into the trees, he hacked out into more trees. From there his third shot clattered a branch and shot back into ... you guessed it, more trees. With his fourth he's punched up to just short of the green and now must get up and down just to limit the damage to a bogey and slip back to +3.

    For those asking about Harrington, well he'll be joining Garcia in the unemployment stakes this weekend. After eight holes he's +1 for the day and +9 for the tournament. That's in a tie for 115th.

  • 21:34

    Joining the tie for third at -4 is Chris Stroud. That's after a birdie at the 15th and he joins Day and Oosthuizen.

    Matsuyama is the man of the momeht however and he looks set to pick up yet another birdie. At the short par four 14th he opted to lay back with his tee shot, leaving just a pitch into the green for his third. With that pitch he's played a beautiful low spinner into five feet and has that to get to -6.

    Over at the 10th, Spieth has managed to get up and down to limit the damage to just a six but that's him back to +3 now and 11 shots off the lead.

    Alongside him Koepka lagged a long eagle putt up to a few feet and tapped in for birdie to get to -2.

  • 21:36
    Lowry has reached the par five 15th and, after two good hits up to just short of the green, will very much fancy his chances of picking up yet another birdie and getting to -2. He faces about 30 in which to get down in two and join the tie for seventh.
  • 21:37
  • 21:38

    Matsuyama gets to -6!

    Suddenly the birdies are dropping all around the course and none more so than for the Bridgestone winner. After that lovely approach to the 14th he rolls in the putt and is now -5 for the day and -6 for the tournament, just two back.

  • 21:39

    Also -5 for the day is Shane Lowry!

    After those two big hits at the 15th he successully got up and down for his fifth birdie of the day and Lowry is now up to a tie for seventh at -2! What a run this is.

  • 21:42

    This is turning out to be a really, really special round for Lowry and he's now right in this tournament. However, he does have the Green Mile of the final three holes to complete. Three pars there and he will be an exceptionally happy man.

    Another exceptionally happy man is Jason Day. That's because he's just successfully negotiated the par five 10th in four shots and is now up to -5 and third on his own, one behind Matsuyama and three behind Kisner. We're finally seeing the Day of old and, as we all know, there are few better sights in the game of golf.

  • 21:44

    Uh, oh.

    Play has been suspended due to lightning in the area.

  • 21:50
  • 21:50

    Well, that's exactly what Shane Lowry did not need. He had such momentum going into the Green Mile and, after a delay, you couldn't choose three harder holes to come out and play.


    Likewise for Day and Matsuyama who are also in the zone and rolling in birdies. But, a weather delay is what we have so they will all just have to deal with it.


    According to the forecast it's not a big storm whatsoever so hopefully the players shouldn't be off the course for too long.  


    Make sure to stay tuned for updates because I could get lonely.


    -8: Kisner (F:67)


    -6: Matsuyama (14)


    -5: Day (10)


    -4: Oosthuizen (10), Stroud (6)


    -3: Fowler (F:70)


    -2: An (F:69), Lowry (15), Thomas (12), Molinari (11), Koepka (10)


    -1: Points (F:73), Fox (F:66), Murray (15), Reed (12), Woodland (11), Z Johnson (8)


    Irish leaderboard: -2: Lowry (15), +2: McIlroy (F:72), +8: McDowell (F:76), +10: Harrington (9)


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  • 22:24

    The latest update is that is is absolutely lashing it down at Quail Hollow but that's not all bad because it means the storm has hit and, hopefully, will soon pass.

    Especially for reader Kevin Hussey wondering about the fortunes of Stenson: he's still +3 for the tournament and level par for the day. That's one shot inside the projected cut mark of +4 which is very likely to go one shot further out to +5.

  • 22:50

    THERE IS NEWS TO BRING YOU!

    And that is that play will resume at 6.25pm local time which is 11.25pm Irish time so 35 minutes or so.

    When the horns went Lowry was in the middle of the 16th fairway and facing 177 yards to the green for his approach. That's where he'll get going when play restarts and that's where we'll pick this back up to see the Offalyman home, hopefully with three pars at worst.

    Talk to you in 35 minutes!

  • 23:27

    Ladies and gents, boys and girls, play is back underway at Quail Hollow!

    With that we go straight out to Shane Lowry who is sitting pretty in the middle of the 16th fairway with 177 yards for his approach at the par four. He's been absolutely burning it up at -5 for the day and reaches this hole off the back of two consecutive birdies to get to -2 for the tournament. Can he tame the Green Mile and put himself in a strong position going into the weekend?

    -8: Kisner (F:67)

    -6: Matsuyama (14)

    -5: Day (10)

    -4: Oosthuizen (10), Stroud (6)

    -3: Fowler (F:70)

    -2: An (F:69), Lowry (15), Thomas (12), Molinari (11), Koepka (10)

    -1: Points (F:73), Fox (F:66), Murray (15), Reed (12), Woodland (11), Z Johnson (8)

    Irish leaderboard: -2: Lowry (15), +2: McIlroy (F:72), +8: McDowell (F:76), +10: Harrington (9)

    PROJECTED CUT: +4

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  • 23:30

    On BBC we see coverage of Hideki Matsuyama walking out to his golf ball. Ken Brown reckons he has "a cheese and pickle sandwich in his hand", Peter Aliss replies "surely it's some sushi?"


    The camera zooms in and we all realise it's just his mobile phone. A great start to the resumption of play.

  • 23:31

    A reminder of how we stand:

    -8: Kisner (F:67)

    -6: Matsuyama (14)

    -5: Day (10)

    -4: Oosthuizen (10), Stroud (6)

    -3: Fowler (F:70)

    -2: An (F:69), Lowry (15), Thomas (12), Molinari (11), Koepka (10)

    -1: Points (F:73), Fox (F:66), Murray (15), Reed (12), Woodland (11), Z Johnson (8)

    Irish leaderboard: -2: Lowry (15), +2: McIlroy (F:72), +8: McDowell (F:76), +10: Harrington (9)

    PROJECTED CUT: +4

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  • 23:33

    Play will go until dark at Quail Hollow which is expected to be about 8pm local time which is 1am Irish time.

    At the 11th Spieth and Koepka both tidy up for pars to remain +3 and -2 respectively.

  • 23:35
    After everybody has settled in and play actually does resume, Lowry fires his approach at the 16th straight at the pin. It looks good in the air but pitches at the front of the putting surface and spins back off. That's not too bad there and leaves a fairly routine up and down to save his par.
  • 23:38

    And Lowry does exactly that. A long putt from off the green, lagged up to a foot allows him to tap in for par and move on. That's exactly what he would have been looking for there. Two more pars to finish and he'll be very happy indeed.

    Back at the par five 15th Matsuyama's second shot flew right into the rough. However, he's played a beautiful pitch down to a few feet and has that to go to -7 and just one behind Kisner!

  • 23:42

    That heavy rain has really, really softened up these greens. We're finally seeing some pitch marks appear. One of them is for Spieth's approach into the 11th which actually spins back!

    That's hurt him though as it was tucked in tight at one stage before coming back to eight feet or so. However, that's for his first birdie of the day and a very badly needed move in the right direction.

    Another pitch mark came over at the second, the 11th hole of Oosthuizen. It left him six feet for his birdie but he pushes it right and misses. He remains at -4.

    There's definitely a score to be made out there now though and the projected cut of +4 looks like being the mark at the end of the round.

  • 23:45

    Well the rain delay made no difference to Matsuyama's charge!

    After that gorgeous pitch at the 15th he's rolled in his birdie putt (that's four birdies in a row now) and he gets to -7 and just one behind!

    One man who hasn't had quite such a hot start after the delay is Day. After missing the green with his approach to 11 and fluffing his pitch he's wound up with a bogey to slip back to -4, alongside Oosthuizen and Stroud. That means Matsuyama is now three ahead of the next best players. Is there a separation going on at the top of the board?

  • 23:47

    -8: Kisner (F:67)


    -7: Matsuyama (15)


    -4: Day (11), Oosthuizen (11), Stroud (8)


    -3: Fowler (F:70)


    -2: An (F:69), Lowry (16), Thomas (13), Molinari (13), Koepka (11)


    Irish leaderboard: -2: Lowry (16), +2: McIlroy (F:72), +8: McDowell (F:76), +10: Harrington (10)


    Projected cut: +4

  • 23:49

    Back to Lowry we go at the par three 17th. At 223 yards all carry over water it's an absolute monster today and Lowry has made it even more difficult.

    He pushes his tee shot well right where it settles down into some thick Bermuda rough. From that lie, pitching towards the water ... well, rather you than me, Shane.

    Back at the 12th Spieth has finally found a birdie after that lovely approach. He pulls himself back to +2.

  • 23:54

    Oh, no.

    It's all gone wrong for Lowry. That pitch shot was just as difficult as it looked and, I'm very sad to say, the water played a part.

    His ball absolutely jumped out of the long grass, scooted across the green and dived into a watery grave.

    He's now gone back to the drop zone and will be playing his fourth at the par three. This could get very, very ugly. Either way it's well and truly put a halt to his momentum.

  • 00:05

    Complete and utter disaster for Lowry.

    After taking a drop and whipping a wedge onto the green for his fifth, he watched as it spun back to 12 feet. From there he hammers a putt at the hole which catches the lip and jumps out. He taps in from there for a triple bogey six and all of a sudden is back to +1 after being right in the tournament before the 17th.  

    The man of the moment, however, is Matsuyama. After finding the greenside bunker with his approach at the par four 16th he's flipped an absolutely glorious splash shot out to a matter of inches and tapped in for par to remain at -7.

    And, over at the par four 14th, Schwartzel has rolled in a raker for an eagle two! That gets the South African to +3 and inside the cut mark.

  • 00:11

    Justin Thomas is slowly creeping his way into this tournament and is absolutely right in it now. After negotiating the par five 15th in four shots he's up to -3 and in the tie for sixth with best mate Rickie Fowler.

    Meanwhile, Jason Day has pulled the dropped shot at the 11th right back at the 13th with a raker of a birdie putt at the par three! He's back to -5.

    However, that's only in a tie for third now after Oosthuizen birdied the fourth - his 13th - to also get to -5.

    -8: Kisner (F:67)

    -7: Matsuyama (16)

    -5:  Day (13), Oosthuizen (13)  

    -4: Stroud (9)

    -3: Fowler (F:70), Thomas (15)

    -2: An (F:69), Reed (15), Molinari (14)

    Irish leaderboard: +1: Lowry (17), +2: McIlroy (F:72), +8: McDowell (F:76), +10: Harrington (9)

    Projected cut: +4

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  • 00:14

    Spieth is struggling out there today, there's no doubt. At the par four 14th he missed the green way right with his tee shot, leaving a chip with which it was virtually impossible to go for the hole. He aimed completely away from the target and onto the front of the green and, from there, took two putts to save par and remain +2.

    The news isn't as good for playing partner Koepka, however. After dropping a shot at the 13th he's followed it with another dropped shot at the 14th after completely duffing his second shot of nothing more than 100 yards. That's the US Open champion back to level par.

  • 00:15
    Up at the 18th Lowry has finished with a par and a round of 69. That's still -2 and has him at +1 going into the weekend meaning he's not out of this tournament just yet but he will be absolutely raging leaving the course. Without that triple bogey at the 17th he'd be right in the mix.
  • 00:19

    But it's Matsuyama who's very much in the mix now!

    Yet another glorious iron shot at the par three 17th tracks all over the flag the whole way and settles five feet away. With the minimum of fuss he brushes it in from there to get to -7 for the day and join Kisner in the lead at -8!

    At the other end of the leaderboard, the cut mark has moved out to +5.

    -8: Kisner (F:67), Matsuyama (17)

    -5: Day (13), Oosthuizen (13)

    -4: Stroud (9)

    -3: Fowler (F:70), Thomas (15)

    -2: An (F:69), Reed (15), Molinari (15)

    Irish leaderboard: +1: Lowry (F:69), +2: McIlroy (F:72), +8: McDowell (F:76), +10: Harrington (12)

    Projected cut: +5

  • 00:22
    At the 18th Matsuyama has found the fairway with his tee shot. A birdie there and it's a simply stunning 63 for the Japanese player. At the start of the day absolutely nobody would have even dreamed of that happening. However, when Matsuyama gets on a roll there really is no stopping him, as we say in Akron last week.
  • 00:26

    We have another man into the tie for third!

    At the 10th Stroud has rolled another birdie in to get to -2 for the day and -5 for the tournament.

    Back we go to Matsuyama at the 18th. Can he find a birdie and a 63?

    Well he very well just might do. Another soaring iron shot into the heart of the green has left him with 15 feet for a round of -8 and the best of the week so far!

  • 00:28

    As the sun makes an appearance at Quail Hollow, Dustin Johnson watches a birdie putt slide past at the 14th and he remains at +1.

    No such problems for playing partner Day, however! He takes full advantage of the short hole with an iron to 20 yards short of the green, a pitch up to eight feet and a perfect putt into the heart of the hole. With that Day moves to -6 and third on his own.

  • 00:35

    A birdie at the seventh, his 16th, has moved Molinari into sixth on his own at -4.

    Up at the par five 15th Spieth has let a golden birdie chance slip past after pitching up to a few feet. However, his putt lipped out on the right and he remains +2. He just has not got the hang of these greens ... yet.

    Some of the big names set to miss the cut: Justin Rose (+6), Luke Donald (+7), Graeme McDowell (+7), Rafa Cabrera-Bello (+7), Jimmy Walker (+8), Ernie Els (+8), Sergio Garcia (+8), Thomas Pieters (+8), John Daly (+9), Jim Furyk (+10), Pádraig Harrington (+10), Phil Mickelson (+11), Thomas Bjorn (+14)

    -8: Kisner (F:67), Matsuyama (17)

    -6: Day (14)

    -5: Oosthuizen (14), Stroud (10)

    -4: Molinari (16)

    -3: Fowler (F:70), Thomas (16)

    -2: An (F:69), Kang (16), Casey (15)

    Irish leaderboard: +1: Lowry (F:69), +2: McIlroy (F:72), +8: McDowell (F:76), +10: Harrington (12)

    Projected cut: +5

  • 00:36

    Up to 18 we go and Matsuyama. From 15 feet, breaking left-to-right, he has a putt for a 63 and the outright lead.

    But, it stays high and misses left. From there he taps in for a par four and a superb round of 64 to tie Kisner for the lead at -8. Hideki is the man of the moment.

  • 00:38

    We have a very rare birdie at the 16th!

    It's come via Paul Casey and it's his third birdie in a row. After beginning the day at -2 but slipping back to level par, the Englishman has pulled himself right back into this at -3 with two holes to play.

  • 00:41

    -8: Kisner (F:67), Matsuyama (F:64)

    -6: Day (14)

    -5: Oosthuizen (14), Stroud (10)

    -4: Molinari (16)

    -3: Fowler (F:70), Casey (16), Thomas (17)

    -2: An (F:69), Kang (17)

    Irish leaderboard: +1: Lowry (F:69), +2: McIlroy (F:72), +8: McDowell (F:76), +10: Harrington (13)

    Projected cut: +5

  • 00:43
  • 00:50

    At the par five 15th Day let's a great chance for birdie go. After playing up short of the green with his second he floated a big high flop shot up to six feet but his putt grazes the edge and slips past to keep him at -6.

    And, now only one behind Day, is Molinari. The Italian has followed his birdie at the seventh up with another at the eighth and he's now -5 with one hole to play.

  • 00:51
    Chris Stroud won the Baraccuda Championship on the PGA Tour last week and he's very much taken that form into this week. He's rolled another birdie in at his 11th hole and now sits alongside Day at -6.
  • 01:03

    -8: Kisner (F:67), Matsuyama (F:64)

    -6: Day (16)

    -5: Molinari (17), Oosthuizen (15), Stroud (12)

    -3: Fowler (F:70), Casey (17), Thomas (F:66)

    -2: An (F:69)

    Irish leaderboard: +1: Lowry (F:69), +2: McIlroy (F:72), +8: McDowell (F:76), +11: Harrington (14)

    Projected cut: +5

  • 01:05

    As you can see there it was a par for Day at the 16th and he remains two behind.

    However, at the ninth Molinari has tied Matsuyama for round of the day by getting up and down for par to shoot a 64 and go into the weekend at -5.  

    Over at the 18th Thomas has also made a par to complete a round of 66.

    It's getting dark in Charlotte.

  • 01:07
    The players are desperate to get their rounds finished before the hooter blows to end play for the day, as you can see below. The group of Oosthuizen, Holmes and Willett are, quite literally, running up the eighth fairway in order to finish that hole in time and tee off on the ninth. If one of your group has teed off you're entitled to finish the hole out so Danny Willett has finishes out and raced ahead to the next tee to hit off!
  • 01:07
  • 01:11

    With the group in front still in range, Willett was reluctant to tee off. That was until Oosthuizen suggested just knocking an iron up there because Willett is +9 anyway and won't be making the cut! The Englishman happily obliges and that group will get finished.

    Over at the 17th Dustin Johnson has raced ahead to the 18th tee to do the same thing while Day and Stenson finish out on the green.

  • 01:14

    At the 18th green Spieth has got an excellent break as his ball narrowly missed the hazard on the left. From there he's pitched up to 10 feet and will have that to finish up at +2.

    Back at the 17th Day does well to maintain his composure and get up and down for a par three to remain at -6.

    The hooter has just gone to suspend play because of darkness but the players are entitled to finish out the holes they're on. For some that won't be enough and they'll have to return at 7.30am tomorrow. One of them is Padraig Harrington who is well outside the cut mark as it is.

  • 01:17

    Spieth's par putt at the 18th shaves the edge but stays out. That's a bogey to finish for the Open champion and a round of 73. It leaves him +3 going into the weekend and needing something very, very special if he's to complete the career grand slam this week.

    Alongside him Koepka tidies up for a par and a round of 73 to sit at -1.

  • 01:22
    This is how quickly Rod Pampling teed off at his last hole so that his group could get finished in time.
  • 01:22
  • 01:23

    A glorious approach from Day at the 18th leaves him with 12 feet for a closing birdie to get within one of the leaders. It's in almost complete darkness but this could be a huge moment.

    Over at the ninth Oosthuizen has finished with a par for a round 67 and a total of -5.

  • 01:26
  • 01:28
    No birdie for Day at the last and he has to settle for a 66 and a total of -6.
  • 01:31

    So there you go, that's your lot for today. Thanks for reading and stay tuned to www.irishtimes.com/sport for Philip Reid's report from Quail Hollow. John O'Sullivan will be with you from about 6pm tomorrow for all of the third round action so tune in then, bye!

    Recap

    • Shane Lowry had pulled himself right into contention with five birdies in his first 16 holes to get to -2 for the tournament before finding the water at the 17th and winding up with a triple bogey six to eventually sign for a 69 and +1 for the tournament.
    • Hideki Matsuyama continued his stunning form with a glorious, bogey-free 64 to tie Kevin Kisner for the lead after the American had earlier fired a second consecutive 67.
    • Rory McIlroy went through his first 10 holes in -1 to get to level par for the tournament before three bogeys in five holes saw him drop back to +3. However, a late rally got him into the house with a 72 and +2 for the tournament.
    • Jordan Spieth is still struggling on the greens and is almost out of contention after a 73 left him at +3, his hopes of completing the career grand slam this week all but gone.
    • Jason Day looks as close to his best as we've seen in a long time, carding a superb round of 66 to finish at -6, two shots behind Matsuyama and Kisner at -6.
    • World number one Dustin Johnson failed to gather any momentum with four bogeys and just a single birdie dropping him back to +2 for the tournament.

    -8: Kisner (F:67), Matsuyama (F:64)

    -6: Day (F:66)

    -5: Molinari (F:64), Oosthuizen (F:67), Stroud (13)

    -3: Fowler (F:70), Casey (F:70), Thomas (F:66)

    -2: An (F:69)

    Irish leaderboard: +1: Lowry (F:69), +2: McIlroy (F:72), +8: McDowell (F:76), +10: Harrington (16)

    Projected cut: +5