Rickie Fowler, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy all made gains as a rain-delayed second round concluded at the US PGA Championship on Saturday. But it's not likely anyone is going to catch Woodland before the second round is officially complete.
A whopping 62 players are under par through two rounds, and the 36-hole cut of 140 is the lowest in PGA Championship history dating to the start of stroke play for the event in 1958. The 28-year-old shot three-under 32 on his first nine before birdieing the first three holes on the front.
Woodland, the former Kansas golfer, was off to a scorching start and was at 10-under through the first two rounds at the Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis.
He reached the par-5 eighth hole in two shots and two-putted for a birdie to climb to four under and six shots off the pace.
Tiger Woods birdied three of his first seven holes to get to 3 under par before play was suspended.
Woodland and Kisner played in the same group, and they offered a great example that Bellerive is accommodating to just about any game.
"I felt I was headed in the right direction", Woods said. "I'm not too anxious with what anyone else is doing out there". "This golf course is stacked right now and everyone is bunched".
Whether the magic is still there, we shall have to wait and see. I'm putting well, and I'm very happy. I'm very comfortable with how I'm driving the golf ball. Kisner is not. He relies more on a clean hit with his irons and a great short game.
Kisner praised his playing partner, who also happens to be a good buddy of his.
"Greens are receptive, so my 4-iron stops as quick as his 7-iron", Kisner said. "He doesn't let anything get him too rattled".
"The only thing is you have to hit, a couple putts, you got to hit harder than normal, and there might be a few little spike marks".
"Hopefully I can go out and keep playing the way I am, and if I keep playing the way I am, you never know where that will leave me tomorrow afternoon".
"Whether it's a poor shot through technique or lack of discipline or a mental block, I've been doing it a lot, and today I didn't".
Said Kisner: "Got to listen to all of the KU/Missouri banter all day with Gary, I didn't know that was such a rivalry".