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PGA Championship 2022 LIVE: Leaderboard and latest updates as Rory McIlroy sets pace and Tiger Woods falters



Tiger Woods Feeling ‘Stronger’ Ahead Of PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy finally found the fast start he has been craving in a major to leave playing partner Tiger Woods trailing in his wake in the 104th US PGA Championship.

Since winning the last of his four majors in the 2014 US PGA, McIlroy had been a combined 35 over par in the first round of golf’s four biggest tournaments, his latest effort being a one-over-par 73 in April’s Masters.

But, perhaps inspired by being paired with Woods and Jordan Spieth – who is chasing the career grand slam in Tulsa – it was a different story on the opening day at Southern Hills, where Woods won the 13th of his 15 majors in 2007.

McIlroy carded seven birdies and two bogeys in an opening 65 to set the clubhouse target on five under par, a shot ahead of the American pair Will Zalatoris and Tom Hoge.

Woods had played his first five holes in two under par but struggled from then on and admitted his right leg – which he feared could have to be amputated following last year’s car crash – was not “feeling as good as I would like”. The 46-year-old eventually signed for a four-over-par 74, with Spieth returning a 72.

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Rory McIlroy enjoys flying start to set pace at PGA Championship as Tiger Woods falters

Since winning the last of his four majors in the 2014 US PGA, McIlroy had been a combined 35 over par in the first round of golf’s four biggest tournaments, his latest effort being a one-over-par 73 in April’s Masters.

But, perhaps inspired by being paired with Woods and Jordan Spieth – who is chasing the career grand slam in Tulsa – it was a different story on the opening day at Southern Hills, where Woods won the 13th of his 15 majors in 2007.

McIlroy carded seven birdies and two bogeys in an opening 65 to set the clubhouse target on five under par, a shot ahead of the American pair Will Zalatoris and Tom Hoge.

Michael Jones19 May 2022 23:10

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Day One of the US PGA Championship is winding down with Rory McIlroy leading the way after a barmstorming first round 65. American duo Will Zalatoris and Tom Hoge are one back and there are still a few players making moves out on the course.

South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel is two-under thru the front nine and world no.1 Scottie Scheffler (-1) was going well before picking up a bogey on the 12th.

The guys out for this late session have found it more difficult to attack the pins and the wind has picked up in Tulsa as conditions have gotten more challenging. Any score under par will be a big achievement but it seems likely that Roroy McIlroy will be the leader overnight.

Our live coverage will return tomorrow for Day Two where we’ll see if McIlroy can increase his lead.

Michael Jones19 May 2022 23:07

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Chris Kirk, Xander Schauffele, Mito Pereira, Kevin Na, Cameron Smith, Davis Riley (-2) – 68

Charl Schwartzel (-2) thru 9

Lucas Herbert (-2) thru 9

Patton Kizzire (-2) thru 8

Michael Jones19 May 2022 23:01

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Matt Fitzpatrick navigates the ninth with a safe par 4 to head out in 34 one under par. It’s even better news for playing partner Charl Schwartzel who rolls his third shot in for a birdie to move two-under thru nine.

Sergio Garcia, the third member of this trio, makes it five pars in a row for a level par 35.

Further back in the field Aaron Wise (-2) slides in his third birdie of the round to move within three of the lead. It’s a fine turnaround for the American after an opening hole bogey.

Michael Jones19 May 2022 22:57

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Matt Fitzpatrick has dropped down to (-1) after a bogey on the seventh but he’s responded well with a par on eight.

Charl Schwartzel (-1) has started to go backwards though as he takes a four on the par-3 and drops a shot.

Michael Jones19 May 2022 22:48

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The fist pump comes out from Collin Morikawa on the par-3 11th after he leaves his birdie putt on the inside left edge of the hole and watches it drop. He’s back to evens for the day.

Michael Jones19 May 2022 22:42

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Scottie Scheffler gets his dropped shot right back on the next hole with a birdie three on the 10th as he starts the back nine.

Jon Rahm is safely home for par but Collin Morikawa’s run of pars comes to an end as the American makes a bogey after finding the sand.

He’s up to (+1) for the day.

Michael Jones19 May 2022 22:38

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Midway through the late tee offs and Rory McIlroy still leads the way after his opening round of 65 earlier today. Take a look at some of his highlights:

Michael Jones19 May 2022 22:29

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Scottie Scheffler bogeys the ninth hole as after being slightly off-target from the tee.

He makes the turn at one under and two shots ahead of Jon Rahm. Collin Morikawa continues on his steady way to slot home his ninth straight par.

Michael Jones19 May 2022 22:23

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Great response from Justin Thomas (-1). He birdies 10 after two consecutive bogeys and moves back into the red.

(AP)

Michael Jones19 May 2022 22:10



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