Iwata fires a 63, ties Major Championship record

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KOHLER, Wis. (WFRV) — Only 24 people have posted a 63 in a Major Championship.  Hiroshi Iwata became the 25 individual to accomplish that score Friday at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

Iwata entered the round at 5-over par and 11 shots out of the lead.  By the end of his round, he was 4-under and near the top of the leaderboard.  Iwata shot a 29 on the back nine, with birdies on five holes and an eagle on the par-5 11th.

“On the back nine, after No. 13, I was thinking that I’m going to shoot 27,” he said.

A 63 also breaks the Whistling Straits course record.  The previous record was held by W.C. Liang, who shot a 64 during the 2010 PGA Championship.

Iwata noted how different the playing conditions were at Whistling Straits between Thursday and Friday.  Playing in the afternoon Thursday, Iwata shot a 77 and didn’t have a birdie.

“Yesterday the wind was so strong and the green was really hard that I can’t stop the balls with the wedges.” he said.  

Iwata is No. 2 on the Japan Golf Tour Money List and also had a win earlier this season.

“When I came to here, I was thinking that to just make my golf better and better, and on Sunday probably I can be in the top-10,” he said.

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