Matsuyama fired a 61 last Sunday to win the World Golf Championships event in Akron, calling it the best round of his career. "Unreal playing. See you next week".
The world's former No. 1 player has dropped to seventh in the rankings, but came to Quail Hollow Club with what he described as slowly building confidence after finishing in a tie for 24th last week at Bridgestone. Even my par putt on seven was a good putt.
One of those is world No 1 Dustin Johnson, who ended yesterday four shots over par for the tournament after a 73. Then the storms arrived, and everything changed.
Jordan Spieth's quest to complete the grand slam will have to wait 12 months. He made only one birdie - at No. 12, the fourth-toughest hole on the course - and shot 73 to fall 11 shots behind.
"I said, 'Hey, I don't know if I'm ever going to win".
Play was suspended due to darkness with some two dozen players still on the course.
On the 18th, Kisner hit into the hazard line on the creek, but he was lucky that the ball hit the stone bridge over the creek and bounced over. "I was pretty consumed with what the heck I was trying it do on the second shot". "When I start hitting it the way I am now, I play well".
CHARLOTTE (North Carolina) • Hideki Matsuyama can not imagine what impact becoming the first Japanese men's Major golf champion would have on him or his homeland, but he wants to find out today. He isn't willing to look that far ahead, and Matsuyama isn't about to feel content about his game. He took a penalty stroke, chopped out and went on to make 8 for a round of 77, about which he declined to speak as he left for the parking lot with his wife Ellie.
Kisner pulled his second shot out of the rough on the long par-4 16th into the bordering lake, pitched to 25 feet, then watched his putt for bogey dip into the cup and bounce out.
"The ball is coming out of the gun right where I'm looking at it", Kisner said. Golf and its players are full of clichés.
Former World number one and US PGA victor two years ago Jason Day was another who was moving into contention. On the past three occasions, he either won or lost in a playoff.
"He's on the range and he's the last guy to leave".
Recent hard work tweaking his swing is paying off.
And he can't wait to compete over the final two days of the tournament in hopes of raising the Wanamaker Trophy on Sunday afternoon. "And there's no surprise that he won last week and he's up here again".
McIlroy admitted his situation could easily have been a lot worse, especially after he carved his second shot on the 591-yard 10th over the crowd and saw it bound down a cart path which runs along the side of the 11th.