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Jordan Spieth shoots 1-over 72 first round at PGA Championship

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He posted 1.500 putts per GIR and 4.577 SG: Putting, No. 1 in SGP with a cumulative 7.020. 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. The 28-year-old from Northern Ireland could become only the third player to win five majors before turning 30, joining Nicklaus and Woods.

Kisner has fired back-to-back rounds of 67 and is clearly consistent, while Matsuyama served notice that he is going to make a serious run at his first major title after shooting a seven-under-par 64 in Friday's round.

No player has ever won the final major of the year after trailing by more than nine strokes after 36 holes and McIlroy, whose last major win was the 2014 US PGA, looked incapable of bucking that trend, starting round three with bogeys on the second and fifth.

If Jordan Spieth needs some help with the mental aspect of his game during this pressure-packed week of golf, he knows exactly where to turn.

Johnson was the most steady of the three, finishing his round with three birdies and two bogeys. From there, he shot 66-62 and won by four shots over Phil Mickelson. The PGA Championship typically features good scoring because it's held in August when water has to be kept on the greens to keep them from dying. At the time of his finish, he was tied for 39th overall. He missed the cut in the PGA Championship for the first time since 1992, which was a year before Spieth was born. He's No. 78 in the world rankings.

Bernd Wiesberger returned to complete three holes. "The big thing for me is continuing to drive it, as good as I did today, if not better. But take him out of the equation, I feel like I'm still right here in the tournament", he told the UK's Press Association. He is simply playing some of his best golf. Sometimes, it's a lot simpler than people think. He said he bailed out on both tee shots. You're playing your (tail) off to get that. That's kind of my goal in a major. He's very quiet. Obviously, the language barrier is tough.

"I've been able to read the putts the last couple weeks".

The change in the course was immediate after heavy rain halted play for almost two hours Friday.

Whatever. I doubt I will be any more excited about it in May. "That's what can happen on this golf course".

Spieth is ready for the challenge of a course that has absorbed an inch of rain this week, giving long hitters an extra edge with balls plopping into fairways and holding on greens that might otherwise be lightning-fast. "Nearly like they did it for me, I think". He was joined by Gary Woodland, Koepka and Chris Stroud, who qualified for the PGA Championship only by winning last week at the Barracuda Championship.

'I would have shot one-over and didn't strike it well and everything was average, it would have been fine. I'm not real focused out there.

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