Now, it has the trappings of a shootout.
Kevin Kisner (72) stayed ahead but only by a shot over Hideki Matsuyama (73), whose game seemed to have deserted him. He's continued that form at Quail Hollow, especially on the greens, where he leads the field in Strokes Gained: Putting.
"I'm not satisfied at all with my performance and I'm disappointed, but at the same time I'm excited about being one shot off the lead", said Matsuyama, who won the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational last week.
Odds are Quail Hollow won't be the same test the rest of the way.
"It was more gettable after the rain delay than it was before, no doubt about it", Spieth said. He said anyone who broke 70 was going great. Day shot a 5-under 66 on Friday.
Matsuyama has more experience on the big stage. His day started with a bogey on the first hole.
Kisner is all about grit and a sharp short game. Find out all that and more on Saturday and Sunday at Quail Hollow. He has shot two rounds of 67 in the toughest conditions.
"I've been able to read the putts the last couple weeks". "I haven't hit it this well this whole summer". The PGA Championship is Stroud's first major in three years.
Things started to go haywire right after he made the turn.
"When we got delayed, the whole course changed with regards to how receptive it was", Day said. "Eighteen is just a ridiculously hard hole today". He battled through a wrist injury on Saturday after hitting a tree to post an even-par 71, but this just isn't feeling like a Louis Oosthuizen major championship.
The PGA Championship has turned into a track meet. On the past three occasions, he either won or lost in a playoff. Now, he wonders how much longer is season will last. "There's no real reason to show that emotion". Mickelson hasn't missed a team event since 1993.
Texan Jordan Spieth surrendered any chance of completing the career grand slam for at least 12 months, a double-bogey at the last leaving him 10 shots off the pace.
He didn't make a bogey after the sixth hole and saved his momentum several times from poor positions off the tee. He made only one of them Friday. He went from fourth place to a tie for 16th in the span of one hole. "Onto the weekend to try and fire at stuff".
The top contender among them is American Chris Stroud on five-under overall with five front-nine holes remaining.