Last qualifier Chris Stroud climbs to tie for third at PGA Championship

Chris Stroud of the United States lines up a putt on the 18th green during the second round of the PGA Championship at ...
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Chris Stroud of the United States lines up a putt on the 18th green during the second round of the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow.

Chris Stroud, the last man to qualify for the PGA Championship, completed a three-under-par 68 on Saturday morning (Sunday NZ Time) to join 2015 winner Jason Day in a tie for third before setting off for the third round at Quail Hollow.

Stroud had five holes to finish after play was suspended on Friday (Saturday NZT) due to failing light following an afternoon interruption of one hour 43 minutes because of lightning in the area.

The 35-year-old Texan, who qualified by winning last week's Barracuda Championship in Reno, Nevada for his first PGA Tour win in his 290th event, birdied the par-five seventh hole and parred out for a six-under-par 136 total.

Stroud and Australia's Day were two strokes behind co-leaders Hideki Matsuyama of Japan, who won last week's WGC-Bridgestone, and South Carolinian Kevin Kisner.

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World number two Matsuyama is aiming to become the first Japanese male to win a major championship. Matsuyama, Kisner and Day will tee off together at 2pm local time (6am Sunday NZT).

Stroud will be grouped with Italy's Francesco Molinari, who fired a 64 in the second round, and South African Louis Oosthuizen who were another shot back at five-under.

Kiwi Ryan Fox, tied for 11th at one-under, will tee off at 1.30pm local time (5.30am Sunday NZT) in the fourth-to-last group with South Koren Byeong Hun An and American DA Points. Compatriot Danny Lee missed the cut at 12-over.

Seventy-five players made the cut, which was set at five-over par.

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Among prominent players to miss the cut were former US Open champion Justin Rose of England at six-over, double Masters champion Bubba Watson at seven-over, 2016 winner Jimmy Walker at eight-over and five-time major winner Phil Mickelson at 11-over.

 - Reuters

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