Now, it has the trappings of a shootout.
Storms that softened the course and caused a almost two-hour delay also kept the second round from finishing.
After his 74 Friday left him at 11-over par for the tournament, Mickelson said he had played "atrocious" golf at both the British Open in July and this week at the PGA.
"I think that's really beneficial for me here, unlike other majors that we play once every five years or something".
Who is going to win at Quail Hollow?
Kisner joined them with mistakes of his own, setting up a final round on a course that is playing as tough as any in the majors this year.More news: Seven Gators suspended for season opener
Also tied second was the world No. 203 Chris Stroud (71).
Rory McIlroy thought he was still in the hunt despite another rough patch that gave him a 72 and put him 10 shots back.
"These guys going out this afternoon, they break 70, they have done a hell of a job", McIlroy said.
But that was before the rain.
Matsuyama has more experience on the big stage.
Jason Day (77), who was in the final group, is at par 213, a stunning drop from contention with a quadruple-bogey eight on the last hole. It just got tight really quickly. Noren made birdie on Nos. He loves Bermuda, the grass now in place at Quail Hollow, and his confidence soars when he's hitting it well. "And yeah, I have a lot of opportunities".More news: Pittsburgh Pirates use big third to top Toronto Blue Jays
Sounds a little like when I play golf.
Australia's Jason Day, the 2015 PGA victor and last year's runner-up, was third at five-under after 10 holes of his second round.
He looked like the Day of old on Friday at Quail Hollow with his power off the tee and putting touch. It was one of those days, when nothing went my way. "And being able to combine that today, just felt like the old days - which is only a year ago".
That ended his streak of 28 consecutive cuts made dating to last year's PGA Championship. Instead, he's heading in the opposite direction after making bogey on two of the first five holes. He has already won three times on the PGA Tour this season and four times in his career.
He said in 1999 that he wouldn't return to the U.S. Open and had "had it with the USGA and the way they run their tournaments" after he swatted a moving ball with his putter on No. 8 in his final round at Pinehurst No. 2, taking an 11 on the hole and signing for an 81. Spieth posted just one birdie - he has just four through the first 36 holes - and never built any momentum.
He had a bogey and a birdie on sixth and seventh, as he turned in three-over. "Onto the weekend to try and fire at stuff". As long as one player tees off before the horn, the rest of the players in that group are allowed to finish by rule. "I'm still on cloud nine". "I'm sure there will be nerves in there, but that's what we play for and that's what we practice for".More news: English-fluent new Foreign Minister Kono makes worldwide debut at ASEAN gathering
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