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2017 PGA Third Round This And That

The second round was completed early Sunday 75 players advancing to the weekend at Quail Hollow. Play commenced at 9:50 with co-leaders Kevin Kisner and Hideki Matsuyama set to tee off at 2 pm ET.

The course took on more rain overnight and figures to be susceptible to scoring, especially with high humidity and more rain forecast throughout the day.

Jaime Diaz on why Kevin Kisner is ready for his big moment and this would be a doozy given his South Carolina roots and connections to the host site.

Dan Kilbridge on Hideki Matsuyama positioning himself for a weekend run at his first major champioship.

Jeff Babineau on a resurgent Jason Day, who enters the round two back.

Jordan Spieth made good use of the rules again in an otherwise lackluster showing so far, notes Jeff Ritter at

Spieth also has written off the career slam hopes this week, writes Brentley Romine at Golfweek.

There were several Phil Mickelson takes, starting with

Dave Kindred wonders if father time is catching up with Lefty.

Alan Shipnuck tried talking to Mickelson's current and former caddies for insight but didn't have much luck.

Players were in a hurry to get out of town Friday night and avoid a Saturday return, even though this is a major where they're treated like kings here at Quail Hollow. Kevin Casey with a roundup at

I'm guessing this did not go over well in many executive quarters:



TNT ratings were up Thursday

Turner Sports’ multi-platform coverage of the 2017 PGA Championship generated substantial audience increases across television, digital and social platforms.  TNT’s exclusive first round telecast – Thursday, from 1-7 p.m. ET – averaged a 0.8 U.S. HH rating and 1.1 million total viewers, increases of 14% and 9% over last year’s comparable coverage.  Thursday’s first round telecast on TNT also garnered huge increases across all core demos including a 107% lift in Men 18-34 and 93% growth among People 18-34 over last year.
TNT’s opening round telecast peaked with an average of 1.3 million viewers and a 0.9 HH rating from 5:30-5:45 p.m. ET, based on Nielsen Fast Nationals. Top rated local markets for Thursday’s telecast include Orlando, Oklahoma City and Fort Myers, all tied with a 1.9 HH rating.
Thursday’s first round coverage also scored for, managed by Turner Sports, with a 64% increase in live video views and 29% growth in time spent watching live video over last year.

The weather forecast? Still concerns about finishing Sunday night.

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For those who have suffered with the inane 'championship' leaderboard I bring good news.

'' is a non ADHD version with real time scoring.
08.12.2017 | Unregistered Commenterdbh
Pampling rushed his swing a bit. That should be a lesson to everyone. Even Lanny got set, most of the time.
Rod still almost parred the hole though.
08.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterZimmer
Kelly Tilghman called Charlotte a "burgeoning entity" in her opening piece this morning. Jimmy Roberts has some real competition in the forced drama contest.
08.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterSclaff & Foozle
Mickelson' sure looks done to me, he won't win another major in his career.
08.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBogey
Course is playing tough. -1 is the lowest with more than half the field off.
08.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFC
dbh, thanks for the leaderboard heads-up. I see -2 is currently the lowest of today's scores.
08.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFC
Early coverage seems to be intrigued with Spieth shooting a big score. Weird.
08.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFC
Like Matsuyama's swing, but I'd like to start a prize pot for the first reporter who can coax him into saying something revealing.
08.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterCharlie Smith
Charlie, I like the guy and his game, but I think it's time he made an effort at learning English.
08.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFC
Dynamic Duo's lost ground. 40+ ahead of them.
08.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFC
Good coverage, a breath of fresh air. I noticed improvement after suspension of play yesterday, when Nantz and Kostis came on board.

Course is playing great. Stay away lightning.
08.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFC
Turned on CBS 15 minutes ago. 5 shots shown so far. Beautiful.
08.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBDF
Why is there always a 30 minute blackout for the switch from Golf Channel to CBS but not from TNT to CBS?
08.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterKyleU
Obviously the coverage in the States is awful. There's more comments about it than the golf itself. Any thoughts Geoff ?
08.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterEasingwold
I'm watching the CBS coverage today after gritting my teeth and watching a few hours of TNT yesterday. I never paid much attention to Quail Hollow during the Wells Fargo events other than the gimmicky stream along the 18th fairway, but I can't say I'm too impressed with the course so far. The greens seem gimmicky, like someone looked at Augusta's slopes and tried to out-do them. And I don't think I've ever seen statues of deer alongside a major championship green before like I do here on #7. I presume they belong to some of the nearby McMansion houses which are something else you don't typically find during a major. I don't get the adulation for this place.
08.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterGreg B.
Greg B., I like QH's greens. Not enough regular stop courses have demanding undulation.

FWIW WITB, Callaway GBB driver--Kisner (8.5) Matsuyama (9). TM M2 (2017) driver--Stroud (9.5) , TM M1 (2017) driver--Day (10.5).
08.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFC
I think it has to do with personnel.
At a regular tour event I think the same talent is on the air and they need a short break. When TNT passes off to CBS fresh on air talent comes in and the broadcast continues without interruption.
08.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterZimmer
The Pace of Play is horrible. The last group will almost take 6 hours today. I wish Huggan would roast them on twitter the same we he hated on the ladies in Kingsbarns last week, who were much faster than these slow pokes today.
08.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterOliver
FC...Cabrera never learned English either!
08.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterManku
At 3 1/2 hrs. the leaders just teed off 12. Maybe 5 1/2 hrs. I've experienced worse in nothing games, but that won't make you feel better.
08.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFC
No, the game doesn't miss Tiger at all.
08.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterTremendous Slouch
Well, not the one that looks like Earl.
08.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFC
Jason Day's pace of play gives me a headache.

I will typically pull for the Aussies, but not this dude.
08.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJames H
A grim, one-dimensional layout. Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the nature of the golf (plodding), it all just feels incredibly ... flat. Not an ounce of excitement out there.
08.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJimothy
Jimothy, you and I are watching different telecasts.
08.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFC
It's time for Verne Lindquist to be put out to pasture.
08.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterCottriab

He really did go full Earl pretty quickly.
08.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterTremendous Slouch
@FC -- I'm glad to hear that. Hopefully yours is more exciting.
08.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJimothy
Gary McCord ... please just shut up. Quit talking. Just don't talk anymore. Thank you so much. Really. Stop talking.
08.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFC
Is there a nickname for the last three holes?
08.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterCottriab
The green turnstile.
08.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFC
Another Kisner snap. Between nerves and weather, looks like a free-for-all tomorrow.
08.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFC
Impressed with the interview girl. Good questions, dressed appropriately. Holly could watch and learn.

Jason day just lost the pga.
08.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterCottriab
Kisner/shroud final pairing should be a huge draw.
08.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterCottriab
Will Day and his caddie be the next big break up?

That was a pretty stupid 2nd shot on 18.
08.12.2017 | Unregistered Commenterfyg
Amanda the tomboy, Holly the glamorpuss, both are nice.

Justin Thomas tomorrow.
08.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFC
Dear Ms Helena Johnson-Smythe,

If only that damn McCord would honor your request.

But I think he actually fancies himself as funny and hip.
08.12.2017 | Unregistered Commenterfyg
@Cottriab - Amanda Balonis is the best thing to happen to CBS Golf in years, maybe decades. She is a smart cookie and does an excellent job at a tough chore, interviewing these guys after rounds when a lot of them don't have a lot of insight to add. She seems to understand the game really well based on the questions she asks. Really quite the contrast to Sonders. Amanda is the winner of that contest.
08.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterGreg B.

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