Kevin Kisner — eight-under par and running away from the rest of the field at the 99th PGA Championship?
Who saw this coming?
Who saw Kevin Kisner handling Quail Hollow like no one else has after two rounds of the season’s last major?
The last time anyone really saw this guy was when he won at Colonial the last week of May.
Since then he’s been as so-so as so-so can get. Until Thursday and again on Friday at the course that is handing most of the guys a big helping of humble pie.
All Kiz has done is go 67-67 and he’s a whopping eight-under par. He played late Thursday, came back early Friday and kept his momentum going, didn’t flinch, had just one bogey the entire day.
“I haven’t hit the ball well this whole summer,” Kisner admitted, accounting for the reason why we haven’t seen much of the guy. “A lot of average finishes. When I start hitting it the way I am now, I play well.”
That’s not playing well, that’s playing incredible golf considering how firm and fast these greens have been for 36 holes.
“Things are going my way,” Kisner added. “Good shots are good, bad shots are still okay.”
That explains that in a hurry.
Kisner didn’t enjoy his solo-leader status for long.
By day’s end Hideki Matsuyama tore up the back nine, shot 31 coming home and recorded a course-record 64 to join Kisner at eight-under.
If that’s not enough to get Kisner’s attention, Jason Day finally came to life and his 66 got him to six-under going into Saturday.
A 90-plus minute rain delay left at least 24 players on the course when play was suspended due to darkness.
They’ll finish the second round Saturday morning at 7 a.m.