San Francisco: 2015 PGA Champion Jason Day has the early lead in the first round of the year’s first major.
The Australian former world No.1, who headed to TPC Harding Park on the back of three straight top-10 tour finishes, shot a five-under 65 to head to the clubhouse in front. Two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka was in a group of eight one stroke behind at four-under, with some of the morning tee times still on the course.
Day had a bogey-free round that included a birdie on the par-4 ninth hole.
Scottie Scheffler was the first one in the clubhouse at four-under. The American had a share of the lead before hitting his tee shot into the left rough and making bogey on his final hole of the day.
Scheffler was in the first group off the 10th tee in the morning.
“Going first out was definitely an advantage, even though it was pretty cold when we started,” he said. “It warmed up fairly quick.”
Brian Harman hit the opening shot at the PGA Championship on Thursday, and it was clear as he looked down the first fairway that it was an historic moment.
The fairway was lined by trees, not people.
The COVID-19 pandemic that forced the PGA Championship to move from May to August also led to this being the first major championship without spectators. That includes family members of the 156 players in the field, and limited media.
A few volunteers took out mobile phones to capture the moment. The starter announced in a microphone, “From Sea Island, Georgia, Brian Harman.” And there was no applause. There was no need for a microphone, either, but old habits die hard.
Harman pulled his tee shot into the rough. At least he found it. There is only one marshall for each hole, down from 12.
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