Watch Rory McIlroy's stunning shot from a cart path at US PGA

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And on route to moving into a share of the lead at eight-under par with American Kevin Kisner the World No3 ranked Matsuyama needed just 23 putts.

McIlroy is no stranger to rallies at Quail Hollow.

Clouds quickly gathered Saturday morning about the time some two dozen players were finishing the rain-delayed second round. A short miss on eighth for birdie was followed by a closing birdie on ninth and that left a good taste and in a good mood for the second day.

Scattered storms were expected the rest of the weekend.

After a delay of 1 hour and 43 minutes, McGirt returned to birdie the par-4 fifth hole to get back in the mix at even par and 6 over for the tournament, but carded bogey on two of his final three holes to post a 2-over 73.

Jason Day said he was able to smash driver off the tee because his ball was less likely to bounce through the fairways and into the rough.

Now, it's a sprint to the finish.

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Sixteen players remained under par. In all likelihood, Spieth has to show up something of his best to get into the top of the leaderboard.

Fourth-ranked Rory McIlroy shared 29th on 144, 10 strokes adrift but hopeful of a weekend fightback.

He at least salvaged the round with two late birdies for another 1-over 72.

The cut was at 5-over 147 when the second round ended, and there was some drama. He shot a five-under 66 in round two. So not only did the Austrian fail to move the cut line, he wound up missing the cut with that bogey on his last hole.

I was quite happy with my play, which was solid, but the scoring should have been a lot better in the first round of the PGA Championships at Quail Hollow. And it gave new life to Scott, who will miss the next three weeks to be with his expectant wife.

He can count on two FedEx Cup playoff events, but he'll probably have to show some form to advance through the PGA Tour's postseason and, more importantly to him, give USA captain Steve Stricker a reason to pick him for the Presidents Cup. By the time he returns, he will have been eliminated from the playoffs and his season would be over.

Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a 4-under 67 and a one-shot lead among early starters in a PGA Championship that was making it hard for Jordan Spieth and just about everyone else at Quail Hollow.

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