Now Fowler, who owns four PGA TOUR titles, is looking for another breakthrough in Charlotte: his first major championship.
The Australian world No.7 carded a one-under-par 70 at Quail Hollow on Thursday to sit three shots back of clubhouse leader Thorbjorn Olesen and American Kevin Kisner.
Fox said the long and demanding course at Quail Hollow suited his game and with some bad weather around, he wouldn't be too disappointed if things got a bit heavy.
"It's gonna test your patience one way or another, so I just try to move on with everything", said Koepka.
Asked how he ended up playing with McIlroy in practice, 2016 Challenge Tour victor Smith added: "A good friend of mine knows Rory's caddie (Harry Diamond) so I got his contact details and chatted to him and managed to hook it up". It suits my eye.
"I would love to be on it, but the way I'm playing ..." He found the fairway off the tee, hit a rock-solid approach shot to just inside 12 feet and knocked home the putt.
It was disaster from there.
As expected, United States players are dominating the head of the leader-board with five home players just a shot off the lead after an eventful first day.
Matsuyama birdied his first hole after the break and made a two on the par-three 17th to take a share of the lead. He finished his second round with three birdies, an eagle and one bogey.
"I'm probably not playing as well as I did at the end of a year ago", Matsuyama said.
No one, not even Jordan Spieth, was playing better golf coming into the PGA Championship than Japan's Hideki Matsuyama. "Hitting fairways are key. That's rub of the green for you", he said. "So, to actually get away with a five, I actually felt pretty good about myself going to the next tee". Thomas finished ninth in that tournament and tied a then-major championship single round record after shooting 63 in the third round at Erin Hills. He missed the cut in the PGA Championship for the first time since 1992, which was a year before Spieth was born.
"It's been a good year kind of all across the board", Fowler said. His second shot almost cleared the greenside bunker and Matsuyama got it up and down for a par that kept his momentum going. "I can't count them all", said the guy who shot 64.
The 33-year-old from SC has won twice on the PGA Tour, and has also lost four times in playoffs.
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