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PGA Championship: 10 Things To Know After Day One

Gary Woodland opened with a 64 and leads Rickie Fowler by a shot after day one of the PGA Championship.

Justin Thomas and Tiger Woods
Justin Thomas and Tiger Woods during day one of the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive CC in St Louis, MO. Credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

10 THINGS TO KNOW AFTER ROUND ONE

  1. Gary Woodland made 152’ 5” of putts in round one, his career-best for a round, en route to low round.
  2. Rickie Fowler mixed six birdies with 11 pars against one bogey to secure the second spot at 5-under par.
  3. World No. 1 Dustin Johnson birdied six holes in an 8-hole stretch but made two late bogeys to finish with 67.
  4. Defending champion Justin Thomas opened with three birdies in his first five holes but came up empty after that while dropping two shots to finish at 1-under 69.
  5. Four-time PGA winner Tiger Woods overcame a bogey-double bogey (+3) start to post an even-par 70.
  6. Jordan Spieth carded a 1-over 71 and sits T62 as he aims for the career grand slam.
  7. The 2018 major winners: Francesco Molinari (68), Brooks Koepka (69), Patrick Reed (72).
  8. Ryder Cup points: The winner of the PGA receives double points, and with a win, Woodland would move from 22nd to 5th or 6th with a victory.
  9. Bogey-free rounds: Pat Perez (67), Hideki Matsuyama (68), Keegan Bradley (69), Emiliano Grillo (69).
  10. Bellerive: Toughest Hole: Par-3 6th (3.462). Easiest: Par-5 8th (4.724). Not a single eagle was made in round one. The last time a PGA Championship didn’t produce an eagle was in round three of 2004 (Whistling Straits)

Kevin Reid

Kevin Reid is a Pro Golf Weekly producer and contributor.

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