Matsuyama, trying to become the first Japanese golfer to win a men’s major, admitted that pressure played a role in his play as he slipped into a tie for second.
Living nearby gave Kisner the opportunity to try out the redesigned Quail Hollow course, and he held a share of the lead after two rounds of the P.G.A. Championship.
This year’s U.S. Open features golfers with gifts including power, delicate putting, determination and that special, fleeting other one: youth.
Kisner, 33, earned his second victory on the PGA Tour by shooting a four-under-par 66 to finish one stroke ahead of Spieth, the defending champion, and two others.