Fowler hopes Quail Hollow magic leads to first major title

Not Quail Hollow's tricky greens.

You can't particularly blame him.

Thorbjorn Olesen, the 27-year-old from Denmark, and American Kevin Kisner are tied for the lead.

Brooks Koepka lines up a putt on the 11th hole during the first round of the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club on August 10, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

"The greens are very quick and firm and if you're not in the right position it's very hard just to make par", he said.

"This is my first experience leading a major, or tied for the lead after 36 holes". It's a tough golf course. It suits my eye. I missed a lot of putts, had a bunch of three-putts. The tee shot on 14, tee shot on 15, 18.

It was disaster from there. The last three holes of Quail Hollow - 16th to 18th - are termed as the Green Mile and are among the toughest closing holes in golf.

Fox's 66 was the low round of the tournament till that point, and comprised four birdies on the front nine and a further two, plus a lone bogey on the par-four 11th, on the inward nine.

Coming off a victory and final-round 61 at the WGC-Bridgestone Classic, Matsuyama found that same level of play with four straight birdies on the back nine.

He finished with six birdies in all.

Rickie Fowler had six birdies, the kind of round that would put him in the lead - except for that triple bogey on the sixth hole.

"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", said Spieth, who with a victory would capture the fourth leg of the career Grand Slam. "I just didn't make any putts". "Unreal playing. See you next week.' It's nothing special", Day said.

While Kisner was the story early in the day, the weather took the stage as the afternoon wave of players took to the course.

Mickelson, playing his landmark 100th major, will not be back, though, after shooting a three-over 74 in round two to finish at 11 over.

He's hoping his consistent play can lead to that elusive first major championship.

"No reason to waste any extra energy", Fowler said. Not really controlling my thought process, where I want the ball to go.

"It was nice to be able to drive the way I did today and set myself up with the opportunities and being able to capitalise on those opportunities felt even better", he said.

Rory McIlroy, the pre-championship favourite, had an bad stretch of four bogeys in five holes before fighting back to end his round 10 strokes behind.

  • Julie Sanders