Sport Kisner ready for a US PGA 'dogfight'

05:30  13 august  2017
05:30  13 august  2017 Source:   Omnisport

Kevin Kisner surges clear as McIlroy struggles at Quail Hollow

  Kevin Kisner surges clear as McIlroy struggles at Quail Hollow Rory McIlroy struggled at Quail Hollow as Kevin Kisner moved into a four-shot lead of the US PGA Championship midway through day two.Kevin Kisner surged clear in the US PGA Championship with a stunning second-round showing on Friday, but Rory McIlroy had to scramble late on in a bid to avoid an early exit.

Edition: USA . CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kevin Kisner showed a hint of Sunday nerves a day early during Round 3 of the PGA Championship. Now I'm in a dogfight tomorrow and I have to be prepared for that."

Now it’s a dogfight ,” Kisner said. This is a different Quail Hollow than the one that flowers to life each May for the Wells Fargo Championship. “The set up has been too tough for a PGA , to be honest,” said Webb Simpson, who lives on the course.

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Kevin Kisner showed a hint of Sunday nerves a day early during the third round of the US PGA Championship, but he is ready for a "dogfight".

Born in South Carolina, Kisner had plenty of adoring fans in his gallery at Quail Hollow on Saturday.

He gave them reason to cheer through 15 holes, reaching 10 under while widening his lead, but then the 'Green Mile' crept up on him.

Kisner played the brutal three-hole stretch in three over with a double bogey on 16 and a bogey on 18, but he still finished the day up one stroke over Hideki Matsuyama and Chris Stroud.

"I'm happy I'm in the position I'm in," Kisner said after his round. "I had a chance to run away from guys and take people out of the tournament that were four or five, six back, and I didn't do it. Now I'm in a dogfight tomorrow and I have to be prepared for that."

Kisner 'excited about the opportunity' after grabbing lead

  Kisner 'excited about the opportunity' after grabbing lead A second straight four-under 67 put Kevin Kisner into the lead at the US PGA Championship on Friday.Kevin Kisner tamed the devilishly difficult greens at Quail Hollow to assume a healthy lead at the end of his second round, but expects putting to become even tougher as the US PGA Championship heads into the weekend.

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Connect With Us . CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kevin Kisner survived a calamitous finish at the PGA Championship thanks to a good bounce off a bridge that allowed him to escape with a bogey and take a one-shot lead And I didn’t do it. Now I’m in a dogfight tomorrow, and I have to be prepared for that.”

Quail Hollow underwent a number of changes from its annual Wells Fargo Championship layout. Most of the differences can be found on the front nine, but Kisner thinks the final stretch is playing harder than normal.

"For some reason, 18's playing way longer," Kisner said. "I think it's just the firmness of the fairways is not there. [On] 16, normally if you chase one down there, you can hit a six- or seven-iron in and I've been hitting four and five. [On] 18, I've had five-iron both days into until today, I had seven-iron to that front pin. I think the length is causing it. The last two days it was firmness of the greens, but today they were not as firm and I just think everybody is hitting longer clubs into it."

Steady as ever, Kisner looked calm and collected even while facing adversity late in his third round.

"I think I've been pretty good at that. This game will do it to you in my opinion. As soon as you think you're on top of things, it finds a way to kick you right in the face," Kisner said. "So there's no real reason for me getting mad or upset or showing you all that I'm ticked off.

"I'm pretty good at keeping it all in, and you know, the golf course here is so hard; if you get p*****, you're just going to throw away more shots. There's no real reason to show that emotion."

Matsuyama grabs lead as Kisner falters at US PGA .
Japan's Hideki Matsuyama led the US PGA Championship by one stroke midway through the final round.Hideki Matsuyama moved into the outright lead in the final round of the US PGA Championship after Kevin Kisner faltered on one of the easiest holes at Quail Hollow on Sunday.

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