Day 1 at QUAIL HOLLOW
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Grayson Murray: The home-state kid from nearby Raleigh playing in his first major as a professional turned in 1 over but tamed the back nine to card a 3-under 68. The 23-year-old hit 15 greens in regulation and needed just 25 putts despite insisting he’d never played Quail Hollow until this week.
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Thomas Pieters: The 23rd-ranked player in the world made back-to-back double bogeys on Nos. 5 and 6 and added a triple bogey on the par-3 17th to finish with an 8-over 79.
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Rickie Fowler: He ran off four birdies on the front nine to help overcome a triple bogey on No. 5. The mess started when he drove his ball into a fairway bunker, hit the lip on his first attempt to blast out and was forced to lay up next. Fowler then ran his approach shot left of the hole and off the green and eventually two-putted for the triple. He ended the day with a 69.
John Daly went from contender to curmudgeon after a triple bogey on the 18th hole capped an eventful 24-hour period that included singing a Prince song onstage with Darius Rucker. Daly tweeted videos taken Wednesday night of himself joining the Hootie & the Blowfish frontman-turned-country soloist to sing “Purple Rain” and other songs. The good times kept rolling through Daly’s 8:20 a.m. tee time — he was at even par through 17 holes with four birdies to balance four bogeys. Then came the meltdown on 18 — the third of Quail Hollow’s brutal “Green Mile” stretch of finishing holes. He missed the green at the 494-yard par-4 and hit two poor chips before three-putting from 11 feet to drop well off the pace.
• For the first time since 2008, no player shot 5 under or better in the first round of a PGA Championship.
• Phil Mickelson failed to make a birdie en route to a 79, his career-worst score in a PGA Championship round. Nine club pros had better rounds.
• European Tour pro Joost Luiten one-hopped a 6-iron from 181 yards into the bottom of the cup for a hole-in-one on No. 4.
• Where’s the beef? Headed home. Fan-favorite Andrew “Beef” Johnston withdrew with a shoulder injury after a 78.
Par-4, 494-yard No. 18: The final hole gave plenty of players trouble, with 60 of them making bogey or worse. There were just eight birdies, two of them from co-leaders Thorbjorn Olesen and Kevin Kisner.
Quote of the day
“ I’m just going to keep living this foggy dream I’m in right now.”
— Chris Stroud, the final player into the PGA Championship, after a bogey-free 68 on Thursday.
Tweet of the day
“Rory reminds me of Jester scolding Mav in Top Gun: “That was some of the best flying I’ve seen, right up to the part where you got killed.””
— Joel Beall, Golf Digest writer (@JoelMBeall )
Thunderstorms are in the forecast for Friday, and that could delay play but also soften up the rock-hard greens that left many players baffled in Round 1. TNT picks up coverage at noon.