Kevin Kisner and Thorbjorn Olesen tied for lead at PGA Championship

Kevin Kisner and Thorbjorn Olesen tied for lead at PGA Championship

Brooks Koepka lines up a putt on the 11th hole during the first round of the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club on August 10, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has shot two rounds of 67 in the toughest conditions.

The rain delay, which started just after 16:30 local time (20:30 GMT), lasted almost two hours. McIlroy is only one better at 2 over. That 61 on Sunday (to win the Bridgestone Invitational) must have given the world of confidence. The third-ranked golfer in the world, Hideki Matsuyama, also ended the day with a one-under and tied for 15th.

Fowler opened with 69-70 to sit inside the top 10 at day's end.

Recent hard work tweaking his swing is paying off. Not really controlling my thought process, where I want the ball to go. That makes things hard. "But take him out of the equation - I feel like I'm still right there in the tournament". "Very pleased to be where I'm at". He was joined by Gary Woodland, Koepka and Chris Stroud, who qualified for the PGA Championship only by winning last week at the Barracuda Championship. He said on Friday he would draw on those experiences. I think he's totally sure of his game. "I know that I can do it".

The second round is scheduled to resume at 07:30 local time (11:30 GMT) on Saturday. "I got my arse kicked a little bit yesterday on my back nine". And pars are good. He prepared to get out, move on, and minimise damage because you're going to have opportunities.

"The biggest thing is not giving shots back".

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STILL IN THE HUNT: With 26 players still trying to finish the second round, 17 players remained under par. "I have to play great but we're only halfway through". We are working on me not getting worked up about the outcome or the score at a hole.

"Historically, I'm pretty solid with the lead", he said.

"I've always fought a push to the right and got sick and exhausted of it", said Kisner.

It's the first time since 1995, or 22 years, since he's missed the cut at the PGA Championship. But this course has been transformed from its normal PGA Tour stop.

Not even the inspiration of being watched by pal Michael Phelps, the Olympic swim legend with a record 23 gold medals, could help Jordan Spieth solve his putting woes Thursday at the PGA Championship. When he finished, none of the other early starters Friday were within five shots of the lead. I'm here for his contention this weekend. Rickie Fowler finished in a seven-way tie for eighth place at two-under. He made only one of them Friday. The last three holes of Quail Hollow - 16th to 18th - are termed as the Green Mile and are among the toughest closing holes in golf. That led to Rod Pampling hitting the best drive of the tournament.