Aiken's Kisner opens up lead at PGA

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Championship favourite Rory McIlroy and grand slam seeker Jordan Spieth found it tough going after falling 10 and 11 strokes behind respectively.

SLAMMED: Three weeks after Spieth got the third leg of the Grand Slam by winning the British Open, his putting stroke hasn't helped him at Quail Hollow.

Justin Thomas: He's done it before - making a move on Moving Day at a major - when he shot a then-record-tying 63 in Round 3 at the U.S. Open in June.

But a stunning tap-in eagle at the par-5 seventh triggered three straight birdies before a near two-hour weather delay cruelled his momentum. Fowler is five shots off the lead.

A light rain began falling not long after McIlroy's prediction.

As for this course, this is not an easy golf course and one can not afford to fall back too far behind.

Olesen has won four times on the European Tour, including once in each of the past three seasons, but he's still searching for his first win of 2017.

"I would love to be on it, but the way I'm playing ..." There were splotches of mud of the sides of golf balls.

Matsuyama made the big charge on Friday by shooting a 64.

"I felt like I was playing really well", Olesen said.

Clubhouse leader Olesen curled in a 25-foot birdie at the last to set the pace.

"I can make up five shots in nine holes, let alone 36 holes", Thomas said. He chipped down to a foot and tapped it in for his par.

He was 10 shots behind going into the weekend.

"There's about four or five holes that I have to birdie to compete and I birdied them all today", Kisner said.

"I didn't expect it to be down there", he said with a degree of understatement. Both Molinari and Matsuyama were able to finish before the horn blew due to darkness.

The good times kept rolling through Daly's first round - he was at even par through 17 holes. "It's a completely different golf course". He saved par two putts later.

"It just wasn't my day out there so I was just trying to limit the damage in the end".

"I'm really fired up about it the way I'm hitting the golf ball", Kisner said. I don't feel like I have to read it and over read it. A lot of averages finishes.

Hideki Matsuyama rode a roller-coaster as he opened with two birdies, but turned in one-under.

Brandel Chamblee says Brooks Koepka is the man to beat at the 99th PGA Championship this week.

"Just felt like the old days", he said, "which is only previous year".

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