"I'm not surprised to see so many guys over par".
Jordan Spieth of the United States approaches his ball on the seventh hole.
But rather than dwell on the poor shot that went before, McIlroy spotted an opportunity to use the path to his advantage.
Spieth dismisses the idea of extra pressure trying to break the age mark, saying he has many years to try and complete the career Slam, his larger priority.
"I'd have to say my putting has really saved me", Matsuyama said through a translator.
But that was before the rain.
The world number three began the day three shots behind overnight leader Kisner, with the American extending that gap as one of the early starters.
Matsuyama has more experience on the big stage. Oosthuizen is regularly found on the leaderboard of major tournaments, largely because of his scintillating short game. He has shot two rounds of 67 in the toughest conditions.
Spieth was hoping to become the youngest player to win all four majors.
After making the turn (he started on No. 10), Koepka logged four birdies and a bogey to finish at 3-under. However, Kisner, Matsuyama, Day and Stroud have been sharp to this point, and they don't look like they are about to relinquish control of the PGA Championship.
"To be able to finish and not have to wake up at 5.30am, get some rest is important heading into a big weekend", Day said. The 27-year-old assistant pro at Baltusrol, NJ, was in the hospital last year when the PGA Championship was played on his home course.
Molinari has done virtually everything in golf including capturing a WGC title winning the World Cup of Golf with his brother Edoardo and late past year denying Masters Champion, Danny Willett to win his home Italian Open for a second time in his career.
Pampling would end up bogeying the ninth, finishing 12-over. Now, he wonders how much longer is season will last. Mickelson hasn't missed a team event since 1993.
He explained that during Spieth's trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, before the British Open, where the photograph that Greller referred to was taken, Phelps and a few of his friends played a round at El Dorado Golf Club against Spieth and a few of his friends.
Marc Leishman bounced back from an opening 75 with a Friday 71 to share 61st place at four-over and is set to make the cut.
"Historically, I'm pretty solid with the lead", said Spieth after Round 1. "Onto the weekend to try and fire at stuff".
The other player in the threesome Jason Dufner must have felt a little embarrassed - he only managed a par.
Matsuyama and Kisner were at 8-under 134. "I think people kind of psyche themselves out quite a bit in a major, put too much pressure on themselves", he said. "There's lot of things that can happen".