US PGA Championship R1

Day & Todd top crowded leaderboard after opening round

August 06-09
TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, California
$11,000,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


PGA Championship 2020 R1 - Day & Todd top crowded leaderboard after opening round
Jason Day watches his tee shot on the sixth. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)


Brooks Koepka made an impressive start to his bid for an historic third straight victory in the US PGA Championship as Tiger Woods kept himself firmly in the hunt on a crowded leaderboard in San Francisco.


Former world number one Jason Day and American Brendon Todd shared the lead on five under par, with Koepka part of a nine-strong group on four under which included Olympic champion Justin Rose and two-time major winner Martin Kaymer.

England’s Tom Lewis was two shots off the pace following a 67, with Open champion Shane Lowry alongside Woods on two under par.



Starting on the back nine, Koepka failed to take advantage of the par-five 10th and dropped a shot on the next, but then birdied the 13th, 14th, 16th and 18th thanks to some superb approach play.

A bogey on the first slowed Koepka’s momentum, although he did well to limit the damage to a single shot after only moving his second shot 40 yards from the rough and then finding a bunker with his third.


Koepka, who had managed just one top-10 finish in nine starts either side of the Covid-19 shutdown before last week’s tie for second in Memphis, bounced back with birdies on the second and fourth and declared himself satisfied with his opening effort.

“I feel good. I feel confident. I’m excited for the next three days,” Koepka said. “I think I can definitely play a lot better, and just need to tidy a few things up, and we’ll be there come Sunday on the back nine.”

Koepka’s first attempt to win the same major three years in a row came up just short in last year’s US Open and he added: “I think that drove me nuts a little bit. I played good golf, but I just got beat by Gary (Woodland).

“To do it here would be special. I think there’s, what, six guys that have ever won three in a row. Yeah, not a bad list to be on.

“The whole goal every time we tee it up in a major is to win them. The whole year is spent prepping for these four.”



Woods was two under par after four holes, fell back to level par and then fired three birdies in four holes before making a bogey on his penultimate hole at a venue where he won a WGC event in 2005 and compiled a 5-0 record in the 2009 Presidents Cup.

The 15-time major winner, who is using a slightly longer putter this week to ease the strain on his troublesome back, said: “It’s difficult for me to bend over at times, and so practising putting, I don’t spend the hours I used to.

“It wasn’t unusual for me to spend four, five, six hours putting per day. I certainly can’t log that with my back being fused. Most of the guys on the Champions Tour have gone to longer putters as they have gotten older, because it’s easier to bend over, or not bend over.”

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Playing alongside Woods, Rory McIlroy and world number one Justin Thomas shot 70 and 71 respectively, McIlroy battling back from a hat-trick of bogeys on his front nine with three birdies in four holes around the turn.

“It was there for the taking today,” McIlroy said. “I feel like I definitely could have been a few shots lower, but I sort of grinded it out and, with how I hit it on the back nine, even par actually wasn’t too bad.

“Need to hit a few more fairways tomorrow to try to attack some pins and get it closer, and not leave myself four and five-footers for par all day.”

Day’s career has been hampered by back problems in recent years but after a flawless opening 65 he joked: “You’re always cautious of doing certain things, bending over, but I pretty much lather up in Deep Heat and I go … I try and burn the skin off my back, to be honest.”

Bryson DeChambeau accidentally snapped his driver on the seventh hole but – because he did not break it in anger – he was able to send for a replacement and went on to card a 68.



England’s Paul Casey also returned the same score but was hugely disappointed to run up a double bogey on the 18th after finding sand off the tee and compounding the error by three-putting from long range.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
T1
Jason Day
-5
65
T1
Brendon Todd
-5
65
T3
Bud Cauley
-4
66
T3
Zach Johnson
-4
66
T3
Martin Kaymer
-4
66
T3
Brooks Koepka
-4
66
T3
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
-4
66
T3
Justin Rose
-4
66
T3
Xander Schauffele
-4
66
T3
Scottie Scheffler
-4
66
T3
Brendan Steele
-4
66
T12
Daniel Berger
-3
67
T12
Tony Finau
-3
67
T12
Kevin Kisner
-3
67
T12
Tom Lewis
-3
67
T12
Haotong Li
-3
67
T12
Alex Noren
-3
67
T12
J.T. Poston
-3
67
T12
Gary Woodland
-3
67
T20
Paul Casey
-2
68
T20
Bryson DeChambeau
-2
68
T20
Lanto Griffin
-2
68
T20
Adam Hadwin
-2
68
T20
Brian Harman
-2
68
T20
Viktor Hovland
-2
68
T20
Kurt Kitayama
-2
68
T20
Shane Lowry
-2
68
T20
Keith Mitchell
-2
68
T20
Patrick Reed
-2
68
T20
Adam Scott
-2
68
T20
Bernd Wiesberger
-2
68
T20
Tiger Woods
-2
68
T33
Abraham Ancer
-1
69
T33
Corey Conners
-1
69
T33
Joel Dahmen
-1
69
T33
Harris English
-1
69
T33
Billy Horschel
-1
69
T33
Dustin Johnson
-1
69
T33
Si Woo Kim
-1
69
T33
Jason Kokrak
-1
69
T33
Nate Lashley
-1
69
T33
Danny Lee
-1
69
T33
Collin Morikawa
-1
69
T33
Shaun Norris
-1
69
T33
Matthias Schwab
-1
69
T33
Kevin Streelman
-1
69
T33
Matthew Wolff
-1
69
T48
Jason Dufner
E
70
T48
Tommy Fleetwood
E
70
T48
Dylan Frittelli
E
70
T48
Emiliano Grillo
E
70
T48
Mark Hubbard
E
70
T48
Matt Jones
E
70
T48
Sung Kang
E
70
T48
Joohyung Kim
E
70
T48
Marc Leishman
E
70
T48
Hideki Matsuyama
E
70
T48
Denny McCarthy
E
70
T48
Rory McIlroy
E
70
T48
Kevin Na
E
70
T48
Louis Oosthuizen
E
70
T48
Victor Perez
E
70
T48
Scott Piercy
E
70
T48
Jon Rahm
E
70
T48
Henrik Stenson
E
70
T48
Sepp Straka
E
70
T48
Bubba Watson
E
70
T68
Cameron Champ
1
71
T68
Wyndham Clark
1
71
T68
Ben Cook
1
71
T68
Jim Furyk
1
71
T68
Lucas Glover
1
71
T68
Talor Gooch
1
71
T68
Russell Henley
1
71
T68
Jim Herman
1
71
T68
Matt Kuchar
1
71
T68
Rob Labritz
1
71
T68
Joost Luiten
1
71
T68
Sebastián Muñoz
1
71
T68
Chez Reavie
1
71
T68
Rory Sabbatini
1
71
T68
Webb Simpson
1
71
T68
Cameron Smith
1
71
T68
Bob Sowards
1
71
T68
Justin Thomas
1
71
T68
Michael Thompson
1
71
T68
Matt Wallace
1
71
T68
Richy Werenski
1
71
T68
Erik van Rooyen
1
71
Projected Cut: ( +1 )
T90
Byeong Hun An
2
72
T90
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
2
72
T90
Rafa Cabrera Bello
2
72
T90
Tyrrell Hatton
2
72
T90
Tom Hoge
2
72
T90
Ryo Ishikawa
2
72
T90
Chan Kim
2
72
T90
Luke List
2
72
T90
Graeme McDowell
2
72
T90
Shaun Micheel
2
72
T90
Phil Mickelson
2
72
T90
David Muttitt
2
72
T90
Carlos Ortiz
2
72
T90
Cheng Tsung Pan
2
72
T90
Brandt Snedeker
2
72
T90
Steve Stricker
2
72
T90
Brian Stuard
2
72
T90
Harold Varner III
2
72
T90
Xinjun Zhang
2
72
T109
Alex Beach
3
73
T109
Keegan Bradley
3
73
T109
Patrick Cantlay
3
73
T109
Rickie Fowler
3
73
T109
Sergio Garcia
3
73
T109
Lucas Herbert
3
73
T109
Mackenzie Hughes
3
73
T109
Sungjae Im
3
73
T109
Adam Long
3
73
T109
Davis Love III
3
73
T109
Robert MacIntyre
3
73
T109
Troy Merritt
3
73
T109
Ian Poulter
3
73
T109
Andrew Putnam
3
73
T109
Doc Redman
3
73
T109
Charl Schwartzel
3
73
T109
Jordan Spieth
3
73
T109
Cameron Tringale
3
73
T109
Jimmy Walker
3
73
T128
Daniel Balin
4
74
T128
Jorge Campillo
4
74
T128
Tyler Duncan
4
74
T128
Matthew Fitzpatrick
4
74
T128
Max Homa
4
74
T128
Jazz Janewattananond
4
74
T128
Marty Jertson
4
74
T128
Marcus Kinhult
4
74
T128
Andrew Landry
4
74
T128
Ryan Palmer
4
74
T128
J.R. Roth
4
74
T139
Mike Auterson
5
75
T139
Benjamin Hebert
5
75
T139
Joaquin Niemann
5
75
T139
John O’leary
5
75
T139
Rod Perry
5
75
T139
Danny Willett
5
75
T145
Richard Berberian Jr.
6
76
T145
Jason Caron
6
76
T145
Nick Taylor
6
76
T148
Judd Gibb
7
77
T148
Jeff Hart
7
77
T148
Alex Knoll
7
77
T151
Justin Bertsch
8
78
T151
Ken Tanigawa
8
78
T151
Shawn Warren
8
78
154
Ryan Vermeer
9
79
155
Rich Beem
10
80
156
Zach J. Johnson
12
82