Majors

US PGA Championship 2018

August 09-12

Bellerive Country Club, St Louis, Missouri

$10,500,000

August 09-12

Bellerive Country Club, St Louis, Missouri

$10,500,000

Round 1

Woodland pips Fowler to take early lead in St. Louis

August 09, 2018

Gary Woodland went on a stunning back-nine birdie blitz to open up a one-shot lead after the first round of the US PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club.

Woodland pips Fowler to take early lead in St. Louis, © Getty Images

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Rickie Fowler had set the target at five under in the morning and it looked like he would carry the lead into day two as the chasing pack got close but then fell back as the afternoon wore on.

At one over after seven holes, Woodland looked an unlikely challenger, but he birdied seven of his last 11 holes to sign for a six under par 64 and edge ahead of his fellow American.

“I probably pressed a little bit too much early. I've been hitting the golf ball beautifully coming into this week, close to home, I have a million friends and family out here, which is pretty cool. I kind of settled in there really on five and outside of that I hit the golf ball beautifully."

“I made a big par putt there on five, and it was the first time I've really seen a putt go in, in a while, which was nice. I made a lot of changes the last couple of weeks seeking the help of Phil Kenyon on Saturday of the Open Championship. I was hitting it so good and just got nothing out of it. He showed me some things that he saw that I was doing wrong in my stroke and it really took the last week and a half to, a lot of time on the putting green, and I've started to feel pretty comfortable this week and it was nice to see results today.”

Fowler came home in 31 to get to five under as he continues his search for an elusive victory in one of golf's big four events, having finished second at the Masters Tournament earlier this year for this third top two finish in a Major Championship.

“I'm definitely happy about the start. Felt like I kept it very stress free, hit a lot of fairways, a lot of greens. Just played within myself. Didn't try to do anything special or get anything extra up there today. I'm definitely happy with the start, and we'll see if we can keep that rolling. Because I know the last few events we haven't exactly put together four consecutive rounds like we need to and want to. This is a different week.”

American Zach Johnson and South African Brandon Stone sit a further shot back at four under tied for third. Stone, currently 16 th in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex following his victory at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open, shot five birdies on his way to his lowest ever round at a Major, and the lowest opening round at the US PGA Championship by a South African since Ernie Els in 2004.

World Number One Dustin Johnson was at three under for the day alongside fellow Americans Pat Perez, Stewart Cink, Austin Cook, Brian Gay, Ollie Schniederjans, and Kevin Kisner, as well as 2015 Champion Jason Day, England's Justin Rose and Ian Poulter, and Belgium's Thomas Pieters.

“I was able to hit every shot as I wanted to today," said Rose. "It's interesting. I walked nine holes both days. So I haven't hit a bad shot on the golf course. I kind of went out there today and had a very clear intent on what I wanted to do on every hole. Often you can be biased how you play in practice at times, and that can influence the clubs you want to hit off the tee and what you're comfortable doing. Today I had a bit of a blank canvas to play with, and I felt comfortable on the course."

“The one thing that has hurt me today was my pace on the greens. I found that very difficult. I probably haven't seen enough putts up and over the ridges. Some of the putts looked very fast to me and they're not. You have to be very aggressive. I finally got myself to commit to a slow putt on 16. It was an uphill right, a bit like the par I hit on 18, it's a bit of a weird thing to be playing a foot of break and trying to hit it firm. Often when you're playing a foot of break, you're playing quick greens or you're gently letting it break. And here you're playing a lot of break at times and trying to hit it firm. It's a tough one to commit to.”

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Gary Woodland
USA
-6
64
2
Rickie Fowler
USA
-5
65
T3
Brandon Stone
RSA
-4
66
T3
Zach Johnson
USA
-4
66
T5
Austin Cook
USA
-3
67
T5
Brian Gay
USA
-3
67
T5
Dustin Johnson
USA
-3
67
T5
Ian Poulter
ENG
-3
67
T5
Jason Day
AUS
-3
67
T5
Justin Rose
ENG
-3
67
T5
Kevin Kisner
USA
-3
67
T5
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
-3
67
T5
Pat Perez
USA
-3
67
T5
Stewart Cink
USA
-3
67
T5
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-3
67
T16
Andrew Putnam
USA
-2
68
T16
Billy Horschel
USA
-2
68
T16
Branden Grace
RSA
-2
68
T16
Chris Kirk
USA
-2
68
T16
Francesco Molinari
ITA
-2
68
T16
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
-2
68
T16
Jason Kokrak
USA
-2
68
T16
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
-2
68
T16
Jon Rahm
ESP
-2
68
T16
Kyle Stanley
USA
-2
68
T16
Marc Leishman
AUS
-2
68
T16
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-2
68
T16
Patrick Cantlay
USA
-2
68
T16
Ross Fisher
ENG
-2
68
T16
Ryan Fox
NZL
-2
68
T16
Webb Simpson
USA
-2
68
T16
Yuta Ikeda
JPN
-2
68
T33
Brooks Koepka
USA
-1
69
T33
Chris Stroud
USA
-1
69
T33
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
-1
69
T33
J. J. Spaun
USA
-1
69
T33
Jim Furyk
USA
-1
69
T33
Jimmy Walker
USA
-1
69
T33
Julian Suri
USA
-1
69
T33
Justin Thomas
USA
-1
69
T33
Keegan Bradley
USA
-1
69
T33
Kevin Chappell
USA
-1
69
T33
Ryan Armour
USA
-1
69
T33
Ryan Moore
USA
-1
69
T33
Shane Lowry
IRL
-1
69
T33
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-1
69
T33
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-1
69
T48
Adam Scott
AUS
Par
70
T48
Anirban Lahiri
IND
Par
70
T48
Bubba Watson
USA
Par
70
T48
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
Par
70
T48
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
Par
70
T48
Chris Wood
ENG
Par
70
T48
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
Par
70
T48
Kevin Na
USA
Par
70
T48
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
Par
70
T48
Rory McIlroy
NIR
Par
70
T48
Sergio Garcia
ESP
Par
70
T48
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
Par
70
T48
Tiger Woods
USA
Par
70
T48
Xander Schauffele
USA
Par
70
T62
Adam Hadwin
CAN
1
71
T62
Alexander Noren
SWE
1
71
T62
Ben Kern
1
71
T62
Brice Garnett
USA
1
71
T62
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
1
71
T62
Chez Reavie
USA
1
71
T62
Haotong Li
CHN
1
71
T62
Jamie Lovemark
USA
1
71
T62
Jordan Spieth
USA
1
71
T62
Kelly Kraft
USA
1
71
T62
Luke List
USA
1
71
T62
Martin Kaymer
GER
1
71
T62
Matt Kuchar
USA
1
71
T62
Matt Wallace
ENG
1
71
T62
Padraig Harrington
IRL
1
71
T62
Russell Knox
SCO
1
71
T62
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
1
71
T62
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
1
71
T62
Troy Merritt
USA
1
71
T62
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
1
71
T62
Vijay Singh
FIJ
1
71
T83
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
2
72
T83
Bill Haas
USA
2
72
T83
Brandt Snedeker
USA
2
72
T83
Brian Harman
USA
2
72
T83
Charley Hoffman
USA
2
72
T83
Craig Hocknull
2
72
T83
Danny Balin
USA
2
72
T83
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
2
72
T83
Jason Dufner
USA
2
72
T83
Justin Harding
RSA
2
72
T83
Kevin Streelman
USA
2
72
T83
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
2
72
T83
Patrick Reed
USA
2
72
T83
Patton Kizzire
USA
2
72
T83
Scott Brown
USA
2
72
T83
Shugo Imahira
JPN
2
72
T83
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
2
72
T100
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
3
73
T100
Andrew Landry
USA
3
73
T100
Beau Hossler
USA
3
73
T100
Brendan Steele
USA
3
73
T100
Daniel Berger
USA
3
73
T100
Danny Willett
ENG
3
73
T100
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
3
73
T100
Henrik Stenson
SWE
3
73
T100
J. B. Holmes
USA
3
73
T100
James Hahn
USA
3
73
T100
John Daly
USA
3
73
T100
Michael Kim
KOR
3
73
T100
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
3
73
T100
Paul Dunne
IRL
3
73
T100
Peter Uihlein
USA
3
73
T100
Phil Mickelson
USA
3
73
T100
Ryan Vermeer
USA
3
73
T100
Ryuko Tokimatsu
JPN
3
73
T100
Shaun Micheel
USA
3
73
T100
Yong-Eun Yang
KOR
3
73
T120
Cameron Smith
AUS
4
74
T120
Charles Howell III
USA
4
74
T120
Jason Schmuhl
USA
4
74
T120
Jordan Smith
ENG
4
74
T120
Matthew Borchert
USA
4
74
T120
Paul Broadhurst
ENG
4
74
T120
Rich Beem
USA
4
74
T120
Rich Berberian Jr
USA
4
74
T120
Russell Henley
USA
4
74
T120
Scott Piercy
USA
4
74
T120
Sean McCarty
USA
4
74
T120
Seung-Su Han
KOR
4
74
T120
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
4
74
T120
Tony Finau
USA
4
74
T134
Andy Sullivan
ENG
5
75
T134
Chesson Hadley
USA
5
75
T134
Craig Bowden
USA
5
75
T134
Davis Love III
USA
5
75
T134
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
5
75
T134
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
5
75
T134
Michael Block
USA
5
75
T134
Nick Watney
USA
5
75
T134
Omar Uresti
USA
5
75
T134
Paul Casey
ENG
5
75
T144
Aaron Wise
USA
6
76
T144
Alexander Levy
FRA
6
76
T144
Jaysen Hansen
USA
6
76
T144
Marty Jertson
USA
6
76
T144
Matt Dobyns
USA
6
76
T144
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
6
76
T144
Zach J. Johnson
6
76
151
Shawn Warren
7
77
T152
Johan Kok
USA
8
78
T152
Jorge Campillo
ESP
8
78
154
Brian Smock
USA
9
79
155
Bob Sowards
USA
10
80
156
David Muttitt
USA
11
81
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Gary Woodland
USA
-6
64
2
Rickie Fowler
USA
-5
65
T3
Brandon Stone
RSA
-4
66
T3
Zach Johnson
USA
-4
66
T5
Austin Cook
USA
-3
67
T5
Brian Gay
USA
-3
67
T5
Dustin Johnson
USA
-3
67
T5
Ian Poulter
ENG
-3
67
T5
Jason Day
AUS
-3
67
T5
Justin Rose
ENG
-3
67
T5
Kevin Kisner
USA
-3
67
T5
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
-3
67
T5
Pat Perez
USA
-3
67
T5
Stewart Cink
USA
-3
67
T5
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-3
67
T16
Andrew Putnam
USA
-2
68
T16
Billy Horschel
USA
-2
68
T16
Branden Grace
RSA
-2
68
T16
Chris Kirk
USA
-2
68
T16
Francesco Molinari
ITA
-2
68
T16
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
-2
68
T16
Jason Kokrak
USA
-2
68
T16
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
-2
68
T16
Jon Rahm
ESP
-2
68
T16
Kyle Stanley
USA
-2
68
T16
Marc Leishman
AUS
-2
68
T16
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-2
68
T16
Patrick Cantlay
USA
-2
68
T16
Ross Fisher
ENG
-2
68
T16
Ryan Fox
NZL
-2
68
T16
Webb Simpson
USA
-2
68
T16
Yuta Ikeda
JPN
-2
68
T33
Brooks Koepka
USA
-1
69
T33
Chris Stroud
USA
-1
69
T33
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
-1
69
T33
J. J. Spaun
USA
-1
69
T33
Jim Furyk
USA
-1
69
T33
Jimmy Walker
USA
-1
69
T33
Julian Suri
USA
-1
69
T33
Justin Thomas
USA
-1
69
T33
Keegan Bradley
USA
-1
69
T33
Kevin Chappell
USA
-1
69
T33
Ryan Armour
USA
-1
69
T33
Ryan Moore
USA
-1
69
T33
Shane Lowry
IRL
-1
69
T33
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-1
69
T33
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-1
69
T48
Adam Scott
AUS
Par
70
T48
Anirban Lahiri
IND
Par
70
T48
Bubba Watson
USA
Par
70
T48
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
Par
70
T48
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
Par
70
T48
Chris Wood
ENG
Par
70
T48
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
Par
70
T48
Kevin Na
USA
Par
70
T48
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
Par
70
T48
Rory McIlroy
NIR
Par
70
T48
Sergio Garcia
ESP
Par
70
T48
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
Par
70
T48
Tiger Woods
USA
Par
70
T48
Xander Schauffele
USA
Par
70
T62
Adam Hadwin
CAN
1
71
T62
Alexander Noren
SWE
1
71
T62
Ben Kern
1
71
T62
Brice Garnett
USA
1
71
T62
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
1
71
T62
Chez Reavie
USA
1
71
T62
Haotong Li
CHN
1
71
T62
Jamie Lovemark
USA
1
71
T62
Jordan Spieth
USA
1
71
T62
Kelly Kraft
USA
1
71
T62
Luke List
USA
1
71
T62
Martin Kaymer
GER
1
71
T62
Matt Kuchar
USA
1
71
T62
Matt Wallace
ENG
1
71
T62
Padraig Harrington
IRL
1
71
T62
Russell Knox
SCO
1
71
T62
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
1
71
T62
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
1
71
T62
Troy Merritt
USA
1
71
T62
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
1
71
T62
Vijay Singh
FIJ
1
71
T83
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
2
72
T83
Bill Haas
USA
2
72
T83
Brandt Snedeker
USA
2
72
T83
Brian Harman
USA
2
72
T83
Charley Hoffman
USA
2
72
T83
Craig Hocknull
2
72
T83
Danny Balin
USA
2
72
T83
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
2
72
T83
Jason Dufner
USA
2
72
T83
Justin Harding
RSA
2
72
T83
Kevin Streelman
USA
2
72
T83
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
2
72
T83
Patrick Reed
USA
2
72
T83
Patton Kizzire
USA
2
72
T83
Scott Brown
USA
2
72
T83
Shugo Imahira
JPN
2
72
T83
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
2
72
T100
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
3
73
T100
Andrew Landry
USA
3
73
T100
Beau Hossler
USA
3
73
T100
Brendan Steele
USA
3
73
T100
Daniel Berger
USA
3
73
T100
Danny Willett
ENG
3
73
T100
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
3
73
T100
Henrik Stenson
SWE
3
73
T100
J. B. Holmes
USA
3
73
T100
James Hahn
USA
3
73
T100
John Daly
USA
3
73
T100
Michael Kim
KOR
3
73
T100
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
3
73
T100
Paul Dunne
IRL
3
73
T100
Peter Uihlein
USA
3
73
T100
Phil Mickelson
USA
3
73
T100
Ryan Vermeer
USA
3
73
T100
Ryuko Tokimatsu
JPN
3
73
T100
Shaun Micheel
USA
3
73
T100
Yong-Eun Yang
KOR
3
73
T120
Cameron Smith
AUS
4
74
T120
Charles Howell III
USA
4
74
T120
Jason Schmuhl
USA
4
74
T120
Jordan Smith
ENG
4
74
T120
Matthew Borchert
USA
4
74
T120
Paul Broadhurst
ENG
4
74
T120
Rich Beem
USA
4
74
T120
Rich Berberian Jr
USA
4
74
T120
Russell Henley
USA
4
74
T120
Scott Piercy
USA
4
74
T120
Sean McCarty
USA
4
74
T120
Seung-Su Han
KOR
4
74
T120
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
4
74
T120
Tony Finau
USA
4
74
T134
Andy Sullivan
ENG
5
75
T134
Chesson Hadley
USA
5
75
T134
Craig Bowden
USA
5
75
T134
Davis Love III
USA
5
75
T134
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
5
75
T134
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
5
75
T134
Michael Block
USA
5
75
T134
Nick Watney
USA
5
75
T134
Omar Uresti
USA
5
75
T134
Paul Casey
ENG
5
75
T144
Aaron Wise
USA
6
76
T144
Alexander Levy
FRA
6
76
T144
Jaysen Hansen
USA
6
76
T144
Marty Jertson
USA
6
76
T144
Matt Dobyns
USA
6
76
T144
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
6
76
T144
Zach J. Johnson
6
76
151
Shawn Warren
7
77
T152
Johan Kok
USA
8
78
T152
Jorge Campillo
ESP
8
78
154
Brian Smock
USA
9
79
155
Bob Sowards
USA
10
80
156
David Muttitt
USA
11
81