Matsuyama managed to post a 7-under, 64 on Friday to get to -8 for the tournament. Kisner hasn't done well at majors at all.
After Jordan Spieth finished play Friday afternoon at 3-over par for the tournament and 11 strokes behind the co-leaders, he said, "I kind of accept the fact I'm essentially out of this tournament pending some form of insane stuff the next couple of days. I feel like my game truly suits the other three majors maybe more than the PGA championship". He chipped to a foot and tapped it in for par.
The 2012 and 2014 PGA Championship victor is considered a favorite this week, along with Jordan Spieth, to take home the Wanamaker Trophy.
"I'm just excited about the opportunity".
Matsuyama, the pressure of an entire country on his shoulders, said he did not know whether he would be nervous over the weekend. "I haven't hit it this well this whole summer".
The final two rounds of this year's PGA Championship should present players with a very different challenge to the first two.
Matsuyama won last week's Bridgestone Invitational, but this would be a much bigger prize.
He and Kisner, who earlier fired a near-flawless 67, are two strokes ahead of Australian Jason Day (66), back in form after a recent flat patch. "And there's a lot of putts that honestly, I'm not trying to make", Matsuyama said.
"Went over to 14 and you have got [a] 280 par-four and then a reachable par-five in a row". Hideki Matsuyama almost ties for the lead but his birdie putt stops one roll short of the cup and he stands on six-under along with Chris Stroud.
McGirt, who teed off at 1:10 p.m. Friday, completed 11 holes before the horn sounded while he was preparing for a putt on the par-4 third hole. On Thursday Lahiri starting on back nine was three-over after 15 holes, but birdied the seventh and ninth to card 72. Even my par putt on seven was a good putt. His only bogey on Friday was on No. 1, a long dogleg par 4.
Never in his 10-year professional career has McIlroy come from 10 shots back with two rounds to play to win any of his 22 career victories.
McGirt will stay in the Tar Heel state for next week's Wyndham Championship in Greensboro at Sedgefield Country Club.
Kevin Kisner survived a double bogey on No. 16 and a bogey on No. 18 to hold a one-shot lead heading into the final round of the 2017 PGA Championship on Sunday.
CHARLOTTE (North Carolina) • Hideki Matsuyama can not imagine what impact becoming the first Japanese men's Major golf champion would have on him or his homeland, but he wants to find out today.