Charlotte – Kevin Kisner sank a 10-foot birdie putt on his opening hole on Friday to seize a one-stroke lead early in the second round of the 99th PGA Championship.
Kisner, who grew up only a two-hour drive south of Quail Hollow, found a fairway bunker off the 10th tee, but blasted out into the fairway, dropped his approach 10 feet from the cup and then sank the go-ahead putt.
The 33-year-old American began on the par-5 10th after shooting a four-under par 67 in Thursday’s opening round to share the 18-hole lead with Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen at the year’s final major tournament.
That put Kisner at 5-under with Olesen, among the day’s latest starters, at 4-under and Americans Gary Woodland, Grayson Murray, Chris Stroud and US Open champion Brooks Koepka on 3-under and yet to open their second rounds.
Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy opened on the back nine as well and started with two pars.