After the first round of the PGA Championship, there are plenty of big names atop the leaderboard.
There are two men atop the leaderboard in Jason Day and Brendon Todd. If you want to read about them, you can click on their names to see what we had to say about them and their opening rounds at the PGA Championship.
The top of the leaderboard is quite crowded. Along with that, we have a plethora of names within view of the two leaders, and plenty of big names amongst them.
There are nine guys just one shot behind them. That group at the PGA Championship is highlighted by the likes of Brooks Koepka (you may have heard of him), Xander Schauffele, Zach Johnson, and Justin Rose.
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Bryson started off on the back nine, and quickly found trouble with a bogey on his second hole. He reminded everyone that Major Brooks is a whole other animal, and would birdie four of the next seven holes, making the turn at -3. Two birdies and a bogey on his second nine would get him in the hunt in that group at -4.
Zach Johnson made waves partway through his round as part of an occurrence that you have likely never seen, and may not see again after this week’s PGA Championship. For a while, Zach Johnson was both first on the leaderboard and last on the leaderboard. Nevermind that the multiple major winner was the one in first, and Zach J. Johnson was the one in last.
There were eight players at -3, of which sat Tony Finau and 2019 major winner Gary Woodland. Woodlands round was much quieter than Finau’s was, as Woodland would card 15 pars and three birdies. Finau offset two of his five birdies with bogeys, ending in a T-12th.
There are too many names to list who are tied at -2, but they are headlined by Eldrick and Beefy Bryson. Tiger was up and down, nailing putts that he shouldn’t be, and missing ones that he should’ve made. The new putter seemed pretty strong though, and as Tiger gets comfortable, the field should be on a Tiger watch, without a doubt. From -2, to even, back to -3, but a bogey on his second to the last hole got him to that finishing score of -2.
Bryson had quite the interesting round, headlined by breaking his driver early on. He knew something was up when he thought he missed left, but the ball went right instead. Leaning over to pick his tee up, the head of the driver snapped off. There was a state at the end of the day showing nearly a 20-yard difference in his driver distance from before and after the incident.
For those of us that live on the West Coast, this is a fantastic event. Golf was on past 7:00 PM Thursday. Tiger Woods will tee off around 2:00 PM Friday, and should help push us towards a fantastic weekend at the PGA Championship.