With the course giving up birdies all day long there are three golfers tied for the lead after the first round of the 96th PGA Championship. Lee Westwood, Ryan Palmer, and Kevin Chappell went out and blistered the course with opening rounds of 65 and are six under par. Westwood looking for his first major victory has always the bridesmaid and never the bride. Chappell went bogey free on the day including a hole-out from the bunker from some 75 feet. Palmer birdied his last two holes on the day to get into a tie for the lead heading into Friday’s second round.
The story of the first round for Rory Mcllroy is what could have been a spectacular round of golf. Mcllroy is tied for fourth with Jim Furyk, Edoardo Molinari, Henrik Stenson, and Chris Wood at five under par just one back of the leaders. Mcllroy made the turn at three under par but a double bogey on the 10th hole and a bogey on the 11th put his round in jeopardy. He regained his composure and birdied five of his last seven holes to get back into contention.
Tiger Woods day was not so good. Woods finished with a three over par 74 and is danger of not making the cut. Phil Mickelson with a two under par 69 on Thursday is right where he needs to be to make a run this weekend. Rickie Flower is also at two under and Bubba Watson is one under tied for 35th. Defending champion Jason Dufner and Matt Kuchar withdrew today. Dufner with bludging discs in his neck and Kuchar with a nagging back injury.
With the weather looking ugly for Friday it should be an interesting day of golf if they get to play at all. Can Tiger rebound? Will Phil make a run? Can Rory continue is breathtaking play? Only time will tell, so stay right here at Bunkers Paradise for all the exciting action.