|US PGA Championship first round leaderboard, Bethpage Sad Direction|
|-7B Koepka (US);-6D Lee (NZ);-3T Fleetwood (Eng);-2M Lorenzo-Vera (Fra), C Reavie (US), L Checklist (US), S Kang (Kor), P Perez (US)|
|Selected others:-1M Wallace (Eng), R Fowler (US), D Johnson (US), J Spieth (US), P Mickelson (US);StageJ Rose (Eng), G McDowell (NI), P Casey (Eng);+2F Molinari (Ita), T Woods (US), R McIlroy (NI), I Poulter (Eng)|
Defending champion Brooks Koepka ripped up the Bethpage Sad Direction with an even trying seven-under 63 at some level of the first round of the US PGA Championship.
The American, fiddling with Tiger Woods, carded seven birdies to take a seat a shot ahead of world quantity 119 Danny Lee from Recent Zealand (64).
England’s Tommy Fleetwood (67) is third on three under, while Woods, chasing a 16th predominant, done on two over.
Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlory holed his easiest birdie on 18 to compare Woods.
But it no doubt became an otherwise laboured round for the 30-twelve months-outdated, who acquired the 2012 and 2014 occasion when it existed as the fourth and last predominant of the twelve months in August – this is the first twelve months it has switched to the second.
“I’d give myself A for effort,” stated McIlroy stated. “I dug in properly. I hit the ball properly and felt savor I hit correct putts, they beget been simply sneaking by and trying out for a formulation now to no longer fade in.
“I stated going up to the 18th tee I will’t endure in thoughts the last time I played a round of golf with out a birdie so I better birdie this last gap and luckily I did.
“Confidently that became the turning level. Enact on a undeniable masks, procedure attend on Friday and confidently glean into crimson figures for the occasion.”
Woods overshadowed by Koepka
Woods, who ended an 11-twelve months wait to steal his 15th predominant at the Masters in April, had a blended day, starting up with a double bogey on the tenth gap, his first, before adding one other on the par-three 17th.
Then once more, the 43-twelve months-outdated birdied the first and second holes before a 25-foot putt for eagle on the fourth gap moved him to one under.
But three extra bogeys left him nine shots within the attend of three-time predominant winner Koepka, who carded a bogey-free round, having stated earlier this week he is aiming for “double digit” victories within the game’s greatest events.
Bethpage Sad is actually apt one among the toughest classes in golf, however Koepka, who didn’t birdie both of the par fives, told Sky Sports actions: “The amusing thing is it can probably perchance beget been decrease.
“I’ve hit it huge for two weeks and I had no corrupt thoughts leaving the differ, I hang very confident and correct with the attach I am at.”
Koepka’s round became a course file at Bethpage Sad and also matched the bottom round recorded at the US PGA.
Primitive US Beginner champion Lee, who became born in South Korea however represents Recent Zealand after transferring there when he became eight, hit his easiest round in a serious by four shots.
Despite the indisputable fact that the 28-twelve months-outdated carded two bogeys, he also recorded eight birdies, including a 14-footer on the last.
He stated: “I have been working onerous on my inserting, mainly simply to be taught to be taught more breaks and are trying and assign the opening in preference to hitting it 5 ft by.”
Fleetwood leads European scenario
Fleetwood, who’s yet to steal a serious, is the main European and, after being one among just a few gamers to fall no decrease than one shot on the tenth when starting up his round there, he chalked up 5 birdies before one other bogey on the fifth.
The 28-twelve months-outdated from Southport, who became runner up to Koepka at one other Lengthy Island course in Shinnecock Hills sooner or later twelve months’s US Commence, told the BBC: “I will buy 67, which you’ll perchance presumably no longer power it. You are going to beget tough patches, it be a must to maneuver alongside with it and I am studying about that in majors.
“You beget got to feel savor it be a must to hang in there and hope one thing will happen. I abilities the take a look at, it exams every segment of your sport and your character.”
England’s Matt Wallace, who narrowly neglected out on victory sooner or later week’s British Masters, is amongst a crew on one under.
Commence champion Francesco Molinari, who played within the identical crew as Woods and Koepka, might perhaps perchance perchance no longer match his mountainous-hitting opponents and in total laid up, finishing on two over.
France’s Mike Lorenzo-Vera is in a crew on two under after carding a 68.
England’s Justin Rose and Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell, every aged US Commence winners, done on stage par alongside England’s Paul Casey, who birdied the last with a 14-foot putt.
Spieth and Johnson fervent
Jordan Spieth, who’s chasing a occupation Mountainous Slam after earlier successes at the Masters, The Commence and the US Commence, is amongst a clutch of predominant champions on one under including Dustin Johnson, and Phil Mickelson.
Spieth, 25, had a solid round, deciding on up two birdies on his entrance nine, however came unstuck at the tenth as he carded a double-bogey six.
“Hitting under par on this course is huge, so seeing what Brooks and Danny did is out of this world,” Spieth stated.
“I will must hit more fairways if I will contend.”
After a bogey on the par-four 12th, he moved under par with birdies on the 16th and 18th holes, the last of which became carried out with a 20-foot putt.
World no 1 Johnson had a bustle of the mill round after a bogey on the first, deciding on up shots on the ninth and 15th for a 69.