"I can make up five shots in nine holes, let alone 36 holes", Thomas said after his round. It's the highest score to lead after the first round of the PGA Championship since Matt Kuchar shot 67 at Whistling Straits in 2010.
"I felt like I played really well", said Koepka, who added that he would have gone even lower if some of the putts on good lines he hit had found the cup". "I was able to lay down in the locker room and get some rest", world number three Matsuyama said. Now, age 49, and without an affiliation, he won the Club Pro Championship, qualified for the PGA Championship and after his one-under 70 for two-over 144 total is the first club pro to make the cut in two years.
He surged up the leaderboard with birdies on 12, 13, and 14 before the players were taken off the course because of the threat of thunderstorms and lightning.
The speed and tricky undulation of the greens grabbed most of the attention during the opening round of the PGA Championship. I could and should have finished at least in the under-par zone.
"If anything the greens were a little firmer than yesterday and some of the pin positions today are really tough", McIlroy said after a second straight 72. "I think he was here for an outing and said he was going out to be out following today".
He started the day three shots behind Kisner, who extended that gap as one of the early starters.
He blasted shots all around Quail Hollow, including the one that unfortunately landed on the marshal at the 16th hole.
Both players carded six birdies but also gave two strokes back with a pair of bogies. "With some of the pin locations, these greens are the fastest greens I've ever played".
"I've always fought a push to the right and got sick and exhausted of it", said Kisner. Yet, after going to three-over a couple of times, I am very happy with the way I finished with two birdies on seventh and ninth and a very short miss on eighth in between.
On Friday he was superbly solid and controlled, with just the one bogey. On the final hole, he hit a great second shot to eight feet and this time he holed it for a nice finish. That led to Rod Pampling hitting the best drive of the tournament.
"Usually, I step up for the majors and this year has been slow for me, so being in contention is good for my confidence right now".