Thorbjorn Olesen grabs early lead at PGA Championship with first-round 67

Lawrence Cooper
August 11, 2017

The U.S. Open in June will be the third major, with the British Open in July concluding the majors schedule.

He closed in a big way, though, making birdies on the seventh and eighth before parring the ninth.

"If I would have shot one over and didn't strike it well and everything was average, it would have been fine".

Followed by a huge gallery that included swimming great Michael Phelps, Spieth drove the ball well but could not convert his accuracy off the tee into more than a handful of birdie chances.

"The disappointing thing was we got put on the clock when we were a hole ahead of the group behind us and that's when my round started to go", Lowry RTÉ Sport.

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"It was a day that should have been a couple under par and ended one-over", Spieth said. "I can't putt any worse than I did today". "I just had really poor speed on my long ones", Spieth said after two late birdies salvaged a respectable score from what could have been a nasty wreck, and left him five strokes behind Olesen.

Among afternoon starters, fourth-ranked Rory McIlroy was level par after four holes and South Korean An Byeong-Hun was three-under through five after opening on the back nine with 3 consecutive birdies. I don't know what the scoring is going to be like, there might be a few guys a couple under, but it's very hard out there.

Instead of being the final major of the year, the PGA Championship will become the second of the season, after the April Masters.

"I just felt like I was playing nicely", Olesen said. I feel confident about my game right now. "I felt awful about it", Koepka later told reporters.

Ever since the creation of golf more than 500 years ago, the argument has raged on - are golfers actually considered athletes? You have got to hit the fairways.

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