Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Dustin Johnson looks average in opening round of PGA Championship

Dustin Johnson looks average in opening round of PGA Championship

Championship favourite Rory McIlroy and grand slam seeker Jordan Spieth found it tough going after falling 10 and 11 strokes behind respectively. Putting more golfers between himself and the lead will make it almost impossible for him to win come Sunday at Quail Hollow. Those trios will take to Quail Hollow at 10:00 a.m. ET and then the fourth major golf tournament should be in good shape. "So, on the 18th I hit a good tee shot and I was in between clubs for the second and I picked the right club and got to eight feet to hole the putt".

Victoria's Marc Leishman shot a disappointing 75 and is tied for 82nd place alongside Brisbane youngster Cameron Smith, with Queensland veteran Rod Pampling two shots further back after a 77.

A light rain began falling not long after McIlroy's prediction.

"It's a very demanding golf course". From there, he shot 66-62 and won by four shots over Phil Mickelson.

Among the big names who hit the ground running were American Dustin Johnson, Japanese Hideki Matsuyama, Spaniard Jon Rahm and Australian Jason Day, who all carded 70. "I've got to play better to be on it", Mickelson said. The storm delay did not stop him. Olesen finished with a 30-foot birdie.

Spieth birdied two of his last three holes on Thursday to card an opening one-over-par 72. Koepka missed a half-dozen putts from 12 feet or closer.

He was 10 shots behind going into the weekend.

"I just stroked it poorly today", Thomas said.

His best shot was the 7-iron on No. 17. But if they are not playing from the fairway, I wouldn't want to be doing it. ... "Somehow, my worst shots were finding the fairway". That included Chris Stroud, who was 5 under and had five holes remaining. "It's a completely different golf course". He saw the changes to the course earlier this year on a soft, damp day and wondered how he would manage.

"I will try to improve on the weekend and try to get a couple of scores under par".

"I feel like the last two months, I feel like I've been playing very well without getting any really results", Olesen said.

"It was really the only option I had", McIlroy said. A lot of average finishes. "When I start hitting it the way I am now, I play well".

Making an exacting test look nearly easy, he posted an eight-under 134 halfway total, while compatriot Rickie Fowler was the best of the other early starters, five behind after a 70.

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