The 100th PGA Championship started with full fervour at Bellerive Country Club. Gary Woodland who has never finished inside the top 10 at a major, took the lead on Day 1 where he shot a six-under 64.
Here’s where players stand before heading to Friday’s second round:
2018 PGA Championship leader board: Scores
1. Gary Woodland (-6): The 34-year-old Kansan has yet to finish in the top 10 of a major, but he leads the 100th PGA Championship at 6-under after Thursday. Woodland played the second nine at 5-under.
2. Rickie Fowler (-5): Instead of wearing dark blue as he originally planned, Fowler changed to yellow to honor the late Jarrod Lyle. The 36-year-old Australian died on Wednesday after a battle with cancer. Fowler had only one bogey in his round as he tries to win his first major.
T3. Zach Johnson, Brandon Stone (-4): It’s another strong start in a major for Stone. At the Open Championship, he was 3-under after the first round before finishing tied for 61st. As for Zach Johnson, he birdied No. 18 to tie for third.
T5. Jason Day (-3): Day never went over par in his first round. Two straight birdies on Nos. 16 and 17 brought the 2015 PGA Champion to 3-under and only three back.
T5. Dustin Johnson (-3): The world’s No. 1 player was briefly tied for the lead at 5-under, as he birdied three holes in a row, Nos. 11-13. But two bogeys brought him back toward the pack.
T32. Justin Thomas (-1): The defending champion was at 3-under for seven holes, but a couple of bogeys on the final nine holes set him back.
T47. Tiger Woods (Even): Playing in the PGA Championship for the first time since 2015, Woods started bogey-double bogey but saved his round by returning to even for the round. Woods played 3-under on the final 10 holes of his round to climb up the leaderboard.
T47. Rory McIlroy (Even): McIlroy, a two-time PGA Champion, posted only pars on the last nine holes of his round.
T101. Phil Mickelson (+3): Mickelson was 1-under five holes into his round, but two double-bogeys eventually dropped him back.