Molinari continues rise up US PGA Championship leaderboard

Molinari continues rise up US PGA Championship leaderboard

Molinari continues rise up US PGA Championship leaderboard

Tony Finau watched his second shot on the 10th hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club, Thursday, in St. Louis.

U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka and former Masters victor Charl Schwartzel each shot 63, which matches the lowest score in tournament history, one that had been shot 14 times. He tied for third at that tournament, his best finish at a major since 2009.

"In the practice rounds, I thought you've got a good chance of shooting a low score", said Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters champion.

"They key is to get the ball in the fairway and attack from there", Woodland said. "I've been so in the zone, you don't know where you are". It was the first time two players have scored 63 on the same day at a major since the 1980 U.S. Open, when Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf did it.

Ten years removed from his 14th and most recent major title, he displayed shades of his pre-back surgery greatness with a near-flawless front nine on the rain-soaked layout.

After a bogey at the fifth, Woods responded with an 11-foot birdie putt at the par-3 sixth, a seven-footer for birdie at the par-4 seventh and a six-foot birdie putt at the par-5 eighth, the crowds and buzz around him growing with every hole. Fowler overcame an early bogey with three birdies through 10 holes.

Woods himself didn't have an answer earlier this week. Unfortunately, his non-birdie, at No. 6, was a triple bogey when he hit his tee shot at the par-3 into the water and then flew the green with his second shot. "Tomorrow is going to be a long day for a lot of us".

"I said to him down maybe the first hole or second hole, this is a real privilege for me to be playing with you, because 18 months ago I was on a mini-tour and I worked really hard to where I got to now and it's a privilege to play with him", he added.

World number one Dustin Johnson is just three shots off the pace after carding five birdies in six holes on his way to a 66, with Open champion Francesco Molinari another two shots back after a 67. He went on to play his next 5 holes in 2 under par, which leaves him at even par for the championship in a tie for 64th.

Less likely to make the team is ninth-ranked Bryson DeChambeau, who missed a four-foot putt at his final hole on Saturday to miss the cut by one stroke.

Finau began this wild ride Friday afternoon with five straight birdies, four of them from between 20 and 25 feet, the shortest one at 12 feet.

So coming into the 100th PGA Championship, he wasn't exactly burning up the prognosticators picks to win and, in the process, complete the career Grand Slam.

"A little frustrated at this place in general", he said.

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