BMW Championship R1

Thomas and Kokrak equal course record at Medinah

August 15-18
Medinah CC (No. 3), Medinah, Illinois
$9,250,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Justin Thomas and Jason Kokrak both equalled the course record with seven-under 65s to top the leader board after the first round of the BMW Championship.

BMW Championship R1 - Thomas and Kokrak equal course record at Medinah
Justin Thomas hits from the bunker on the 18th green. (John Starks/Daily Herald via AP)

Tiger Woods had a poor day, though, and finished six off the pace at Medinah Country Club in Illinois.

Thomas said he had had a terrible warm-up before the first round.

“I mean, I probably would say that I had the worst warm-up I’ve ever had in my life this morning,” he told reporters.

“I didn’t know what it was going to do. I didn’t know how I was going to hit it. My dad [caddie Jimmy Johnson] and I just kind of said that we were going to have to guess out there and just try to find something.”

He ended the day with seven birdies, a joint course record and joint lead.


As well as Thomas and Kokrak, three other players have shot 65 at Medinah: Skip Kendall at the 1999 PGA Championship, and Mike Weir and winner Tiger Woods at the 2006 PGA.

Woods, who got two of his 15 major championship wins at Medinah, started well with three birdies on the first five holes.

He got one more birdie before the day was out, but also three bogeys.

“Didn’t chip it, didn’t make that many putts and consequently I’m one under,” Woods told reporters.

“It’s just not sharp, I’m trying to make changes in my swing and it’s just not quite there yet.

“I need reps and I just haven’t put in a lot of reps.

“I didn’t feel any tightness in my oblique at all, I didn’t feel any pull and so that was a positive, I just need to clean up my rounds and get going.”

Englishman Justin Rose finished the day on four under, with Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy one further back on three-under 69.


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Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
T1
Justin Thomas
USA
-7
65
T1
Jason Kokrak
USA
-7
65
T3
Jim Furyk
USA
-6
66
T3
Joel Dahmen
USA
-6
66
T3
Lucas Glover
USA
-6
66
T3
Brandt Snedeker
USA
-6
66
T3
Patrick Cantlay
USA
-6
66
T8
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
-5
67
T8
Scott Piercy
USA
-5
67
T8
Tony Finau
USA
-5
67
T8
Adam Scott
AUS
-5
67
T8
Xander Schauffele
USA
-5
67
T8
Collin Morikawa
USA
-5
67
T8
Adam Hadwin
CAN
-5
67
T8
Chez Reavie
USA
-5
67
T8
Rickie Fowler
USA
-5
67
T17
J. T. Poston
USA
-4
68
T17
Kevin Kisner
USA
-4
68
T17
Abraham Ancer
USA
-4
68
T17
Brooks Koepka
USA
-4
68
T17
Patrick Reed
USA
-4
68
T17
Ryan Palmer
USA
-4
68
T17
Justin Rose
ENG
-4
68
T17
Jon Rahm
ESP
-4
68
T25
J. B. Holmes
USA
-3
69
T25
Corey Conners
CAN
-3
69
T25
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-3
69
T25
Graeme McDowell
NIR
-3
69
T25
Wyndham Clark
USA
-3
69
T25
Kevin Tway
USA
-3
69
T25
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
-3
69
T25
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
-3
69
T25
Troy Merritt
USA
-3
69
T25
Keegan Bradley
USA
-3
69
T25
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-3
69
T36
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
-2
70
T36
Phil Mickelson
USA
-2
70
T36
Ian Poulter
ENG
-2
70
T36
Jordan Spieth
USA
-2
70
T36
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-2
70
T36
Paul Casey
ENG
-2
70
T36
Gary Woodland
USA
-2
70
T36
Max Homa
USA
-2
70
T36
Jason Day
AUS
-2
70
T36
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-2
70
T36
Charles Howell III
USA
-2
70
T36
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-2
70
T36
Dustin Johnson
USA
-2
70
T36
Webb Simpson
USA
-2
70
T50
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
-1
71
T50
Cameron Champ
USA
-1
71
T50
Ryan Moore
USA
-1
71
T50
Billy Horschel
USA
-1
71
T50
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
-1
71
T50
Tiger Woods
USA
-1
71
T50
Andrew Putnam
USA
-1
71
T50
Matt Kuchar
USA
-1
71
T50
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
-1
71
T59
Nate Lashley
USA
Par
72
T59
Keith Mitchell
USA
Par
72
T59
Francesco Molinari
ITA
Par
72
T59
Shane Lowry
IRL
Par
72
T59
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
Par
72
T59
Harold Varner III
USA
Par
72
T59
Marc Leishman
AUS
Par
72
T59
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
Par
72
T59
Adam Long
USA
Par
72
68
Vaughn Taylor
USA
1
73
69
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
2
74
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