Brooks Koepka off to record-setting start at PGA Championship

Jose Verdugo
May 18, 2019

With a victory, Koepka would become the first player to own back-to-back titles at two majors at the same time.

That was still far from his mind. "I parred the two par 5s. It requires more patience which feeds into what I'm trying to do". The golf schedule has been reworked with an eye toward wrapping up the season in August before the football season gets started. It won't matter to me what tournament it is. His girlfriend Jena Sims is now cheering him on at the event at Bethpage Black. Only five others managed to break par. Koepka is the ninth player to open with a 63 in a major.

"And I think I needed that to have a good momentum carryover for tomorrow".

There were some positive takeaways from Woods' game on Thursday, with his short game and putting looking strong from the get-go.

"I made a few good par-saving putts and took advantage of the easy holes", said Spieth. They were grouped with Francesco Molinari and sent to the 10th tee, where each man shook hands with their standard-bearer, 16-year-old Alden Miller of Manhattan, and then, at 8:24 a.m. ET, started swinging away in what felt like a U.S. Open Championship inside a wet and monstrous ballpark that had already hosted two. "It's like the triple shot cappuccino in the morning when you're usually only getting one".

"It's just going to place another premium on driving the ball in the fairway to get at some of these flags". Then again, he also made four birdie putts of 15 feet or longer, including the long ones at the start and end of his round.

Dustin Johnson, the No. 1 player in the world, was among those playing in the afternoon. I've been in this position before and I've been able to come back. It feels like I'm playing the way I'm scoring, which is really nice, and.

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Spieth's best finish at the PGA, the one major he hasn't won, came in 2015 at Whistling Straits when he finished second to Jason Day, who wasn't going to be beaten by anyone that weekend.

Danny Lee was among the few early starters who failed to take advantage.

The three-time major champion found the cup with a long-range putt from just off the edge of the green, his attempt making contact with the flag before dropping in for a three.

"Bethpage kicked my *** on the back nine", Lee said.

Rory McIlroy was happy to still have any chance at all.

McIlroy's only birdie of the opening day came on the 18th hole and gave the four-time major victor cause for cautious optimism, but that quickly disappeared on the fearsome back nine at Bethpage Black.

"It wasn't as clean as I'd like to have it for sure". Tiger was sick and stayed in bed Wednesday rather than play his scheduled nine practice holes, leaving him with only nine holes of work all week and 18 the week before.

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