Highlights from the first round of the PGA Championship

  • Highlights from the first round of the PGA Championship

Highlights from the first round of the PGA Championship

"It's been a struggle for me this year with the putter". "Guys really play well after getting putting tips from Steve Stricker". "Hit my driver well". I've been saying for a few months that Rory is primed for a big late-summer run - sort of a combination between his three in a row from three years ago and his FedEx Cup title from last year - and now he brings some momentum to a course where he's found success. "So that was the key, and obviously it was a really nice way to finish with that long putt on 18". But the PGA of America can't imagine having its major championship without them for the message it sends. "If I keep it in the fairway, I'll make birdies so that's what I'll try to do. I didn't reach the green". "It's like what I grew up on".

The British Open champion trailed early co-leaders Paul Casey of England (-3 through six holes) and fellow American Gary Woodland (7) by two strokes.

Sure, he's finished out of contention at the Masters (tied for 22nd), the U.S. Open (cut) and the British Open (tied for 27th), but he believes his putting and driving are coming back.

"It was a team collaboration and something that we were supportive of and are certainly very impressed with", Haigh said.

Jordan Spieth begins his pursuit of the final leg of a career Grand Slam at the Quail Hollow Club, starting his round on the par-5 10th hole.

How do you not pick Spieth to finish off the career Grand Slam at the 99th PGA Championship?

Fourth-ranked McIlroy, 28, could become only the third player to win five majors before turning 30, joining Nicklaus and Woods.

Phil Mickelson - who has more experience at Quail Hollow (52 rounds on TOUR) than anybody in the field except perhaps Quail Hollow resident/club member Webb Simpson - said the changes are noticeable but not jarring.

"But I understand it's not as easy as I just said". "I shoot something in the 60s tomorrow, move right up there". Powerful off the tee and steady emotionally, Koepka and Dustin Johnson are close friends who take pretty much the same approach to every course they play.

Jason Day says he is both annoyed an motivated by his fall from the top of the golfing tree in 2017, but the good news is he has not written off the season. "As you look at all these great players, they all started out working with a PGA club professional". "So we of course need to get through this week, but I would tell you we can't wait to get back here".

Olesen, 27, seeks his first major title. He has two tour victories there, and it would be a surprise if he were not in contention. No, I don't feel that kind of pressure'. I'm about as free and relaxed at a major than I think I've ever felt.

Alongside Spieth in the feature group were the year's two other major winners, Masters victor Sergio Garcia of Spain and US Open champion Brooks Koepka, an American.

"You can't write yourself off, ever, " said Day.

Matsuyama has played sensational golf this year, and he is the PGA Tour's leading money victor with more than $7.7 million earned. "On the greens it's very hard and very fast".

A club pro's path to the PGA Championship leads through section championships and the PGA Professional National Championship, where the top 20 finishers earn invitations.

Adapting to how he is playing has been a key factor in his major triumphs, Spieth said, saying he won't have a familiar routine style like that of 14-time major victor Tiger Woods. "We'll see what happens".