Matsuyama knocks on the major door

Testing round Rory Mc Ilroy plays the fifth hole at Quail Hollow last night in the US PGA Championship

Testing round Rory Mc Ilroy plays the fifth hole at Quail Hollow last night in the US PGA Championship

SHOT OF THE DAY: DeLaet almost bagged a hole-in-one at the par-4 14th; his tee shot hitting the hole and bouncing out.

He could have got away with a bogey or worse a double but he went in for a shot that he expected to miss the tree and the bushes within hand-shaking distance.

"Obviously I'm happy to have made the cut but I'm very disappointed because I got to three under for the tournament and had a few bogeys", said Smith, who won his maiden European Tour title at the Porsche European Open in Germany a fortnight ago.

"It played very hard today", said the 35-year-old American, who recorded his first PGA Tour victory in Reno, Nevada six days ago.

"That could have been a six or seven quite easily".

"Sometimes, I get a little too aggressive, like on 18".

McIlroy ended up with his second straight one-over par 72. Ranked third in the world behind Americans Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson, Matsuyama hails from Japan, a country that has never had a male victor of a major championship. If he had finished his round at 4 over - that would have required one birdie and two pars - the cut would have gone to 4 over and eliminated Adam Scott, Charles Howell III and Kevin Chappell.

And also looking to become a first Italian-born victor of a Major is the long-time London-based Francesco Molinari. That's saying something. Birkdale [the British Open venue] is a pretty special place.

It soured a brief comeback during which Day bagged three consecutive birdies from the par-four 14th which kept him in the hunt despite a poor opening 13 holes.

Kisner made an unwanted splash at Quail Hollow, dunking his second shot on the par-four 16th in the water and spinning out his bogey putt that seemed headed for the bottom of the cup, leaving him with a double-bogey. He shot a five-under 66 in round two.

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.

While Kisner was the story early in the day, the weather took the stage as the afternoon wave of players took to the course. Here there is severe rough. So I hit a six iron and just said, "okay, I'll bounce it up the cart path and see where this goes". "Other than that, I would have been just fine".

"Because they were the two things that were missing pretty much the whole year is my driving and my putting, and being able to combine that today, just felt like the old days, which is only last year". Here's our latest predictions for the PGA Championship?

With five birdies in his last seven holes, Matsuyama put himself in position to become the first player since Rory McIlroy in 2014 to win both the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the US PGA in the same year.

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