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Jordan Spieth: PGA Championship setup 'toughest for me'

14 August 2017, 01:11 | Pamela Mathis

Jordan Spieth: PGA Championship setup 'toughest for me'

Phil Mickelson of the United States plays his shot from the 12th tee during the second round of the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club

He is tied with American Kevin Kisner on eight-under par and the duo are two shots clear of third-placed Jason Day.

The 29-year-old Australian finished tied for 22nd at the Masters, missed the cut at the U.S. Open and was tied for 27th at the British Open.

The shocker was Day, the former No. 1 player in the world and a PGA champion two years ago. "I played even par after the delay and that's not very good in my opinion on those holes that we had left". He has not won an event since the 2013 British Open and is now ranked 17th in the U.S. Presidents Cup standings.

His final hole might have been tough to explain.

Day was stymied by a pine tree, and instead of playing safe out to the fairway as Oosthuizen had done in the group ahead of him, he tried to hook an iron around the trees and the gallery to get a clear look at the green.

"It's not easy to make up shots on this course, and if I'd been another two back it would have made things a lot more hard". In two days, he had 12 bogeys, plus a double. "I've always played other sports throughout my life and I've never been the biggest guy, so I had to find a way to get things done".

As for McIlroy - ranked 128th of the 130 PGA Tour pros in the field from 100-125 yards - he was bullish about his chances of making a weekend comeback but will need to hit more fairways and improve drastically with the putter.

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Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri carded one-over 72 to be tied 33rd in the first round of the PGA Championship at the Quail Hollow Club here on Thursday. I think that's why I feel like I'm ready to win major championships now versus past year, I probably didn't have that. I've played mini-tours, learned how to win there; played the Web.com Tour, learned how to win there; got to the PGA Tour, learned how to win there. "It's just unfortunate because I was actually in a rhythm and the momentum was going my way and we got called off". This is probably the easiest one I've had to prep for because I know the golf course so well and I've been up here a lot.

"It was painful with every swing but it didn't affect me for the first time this week, so that was nice".

Pampling, who knew he wasn't going to make the cut at 14-over par, ran to the tee on the ninth to get his ball in play.

"It is frustrating to me because I'm sitting there, and I'm like, 'My game is not where it should be".

Then came a bogey on the 17th - and big trouble on the final hole.

I had a bit of shaky start with a bogey on 10th, a par-5 and that was a disappointment, as you don't want to let go of the par-5s and certainly not drop a shot there.

"Hopefully it doesn't happen [at Quail Hollow]".



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