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Spieth cards opening one-over 72 as Olesen takes PGA lead

11 August, 2017, 00:39 | Author: Greg Wolfe
  • PGA Championship: World No. 2 Jordan Spieth struggles with putting woes at drenched Quial Hollow

Dustin Johnson was just happy to be under par at the end of his opening round at the US PGA Championship after conceding that the speed of the greens has turned Quail Hollow into a particularly imposing course. Garcia played a four-hole stretch in six over and shot 75. It was a big advantage to be in the fairway, and Olesen had only a 7-iron into 18th green.

Rory McIlroy, a two-time victor at Quail Hollow, and British Open runner-up Matt Kuchar were among those with late tee times.

"I just felt like I was playing nicely", Olesen said.

England's Paul Casey finished on two under, making him the best placed Briton among the early starters, while compatriots Tommy Fleetwood and Chris Wood are one under and one over respectively.

Starting from the 10th, Spieth made the turn in level par after a birdie-bogey opening nine, but he stumbled badly on the back, bogeying the first, fifth and sixth holes to find himself three over. Some were good putts and some weren't.

"This week, I worked hard on it and I got a lot of confidence in the driver".

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"I've got to keep putting myself in position to make gains", Murray said.

"If they get about a foot faster, they are kind of unplayable with the pin placements", Koepka said.

"I did a great job and holed some great putts for pars. Make sure the worst score you make is a bogey and give yourself a couple of good chances on the easier holes".

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go practice some chops. I feel confident about my game right now.

Ever since the creation of golf more than 500 years ago, the argument has raged on - are golfers actually considered athletes?

That could explain why you'll see more physically fit people at this week's (August 10-13) PGA Championship behind the ropes than on the fairways.

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