The season’s final major is already underway at the splendid Quail Hollow and golfers displayed their master-strokes on the Day 1 of the championship. On Thursday, Thorbjorn Olesen and Kevin Kisner shot matching 4-under 67s at Quail Hollow Club. Olesen and Kisner are 18-hole co-leaders at the 99th PGA Championship.
Olesen shot six birdies and two bogeys in the morning to post an early lead and Kisner joined him at 4 under in the afternoon with a birdie on his final hole. The 4-under, 67s posted by Olesen and Kisner represent the highest first-round score in relation to par by a leader(s) in the PGA Championship since 2008 when Robert Karlsson and Jeev Milkha Singh carded matching 2-under, 68s to lead at Oakland Hills.
Playing in his fifth PGA, the 27-year-old Olesen made a 25-footer for birdie on day 1 finishing par 4 to shoot 67 and grab the early lead. It was also his lowest opening round in 14 career major championships.
South Carolina’s Kisner shot birdies at 14, 15 and 18 pulled him even with Olesen. Kisner is making his third appearance at the PGA Championship, and his best finish was in 2016 when he tied for 18th place at Baltusrol.
The U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka showed his magical game fired a 3-under 68 on a course and also provided the trio’s (Sergio Garcia, Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth) biggest highlight of the day with a spectacular pitch-in from 30 yards away at the par-4 third hole.
Jordan Spieth was seen struggling in Round 1 while he shot a 1-over 72 at Quail Hollow. At 1 over, Spieth trailed Olesen and Kisner by five strokes.
Rory McIlroy, a two-time winner at Quail Hollow birdied the 10th hole to reach two-under. He finished his winning momentum by posting a double-bogey at the short par-4 14th, on the heels of a bogey on 13.
Also, Phil Mickelson and defending champion Jimmy Walker together played pretty well on the Day 1 of the championship. Mickelson shot an 8-under 79 with no birdies on the card, while Walker posted an ugly 10-over 81.
Hideki Matsuyama, Dustin Johnson and Jason Day were among those at one-under 70.
The Day 2 coverage will start from 10:30 PM live on DSport.