Monday, 18 December, 2017

Lahiri fights back, tied-33rd alongside Spieth and McIlroy

Rory Mc Ilroy might not play again this season due to injury Rory Mc Ilroy might not play again this season due to injury
Stacy Diaz | 13 August, 2017, 10:38

Anirban Lahiri rose to the occasion to nail a final birdie on 18th, for the second time in as many days and ensured weekend play at the Quail Hollow in the 99th PGA Championships.

The 24-year-old American has been attempting to become the youngest player to complete a Grand Slam of majors this week, but he was unable to mount a charge up the leaderboard as he remained at three over for the tournament.

Peter Uihlein (OSU): Uihlein shot his second consecutive 3-over 74 and is tied for 78th at 6-over 148, one shot short of making the projected cut of 5-over 147.

Ahead of today's round, McIlroy insisted that Quail Hollow - where he has twice set a course record in the past 10 years - "gives you chances" to turn your luck around.

"I've always fought a push to the right and got sick and exhausted of it", said Kisner. "I'm definitely more exhausted than if I would have played great, (but) I will definitely take it". This is the start of the fourth quarter [of the season].

"He's working hard. And I feel like he's the hardest worker out here right now, just because he wants to win", said Day. "Just one round like that can do that".

"I like looking at leaderboards seeing what the cut line is and where I am, so I was looking all the way around and it was nice to see my name up there with the big guys".

Spieth had been critical of his putting after carding a 72 on Thursday but he was encouraged by his efforts on the greens this time around.

McIlroy would do well to carry a mental picture of the ninth hole, his last, to remind himself how good he can be.

"I don't know if it's the new putter I'm using, but the greens here are really fast and I'm not expecting my putts to fall". Even my par putt on seven was a good putt. "We had a nice bit of fun and had a little bet going down the last (for lowest score) and I almost snuck $100 off Rory". It seemed to work out.

"I think what was making me exhausted was I wasn't hitting my driver like I wanted to".

"I'm not sure. I try to imagine, but we still have a lot of golf to play".

However, the second round of the rain-delayed PGA Championship turned into a track meet as daylight turned to dusk with Day and playing partners Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson racing to their balls and playing "ready golf" so they could complete their round - and sleep in.

"Hopefully (I can) tidy that up going into tomorrow, but obviously Kis is on fire right now".

Brooks Koepka was also on three under having just started his round, while Chris Stroud is on the same score and yet to tee off.