Tiger Woods Feeling ‘Stronger’ Ahead Of PGA Championship
Follow all the action as the PGA Championship gets underway at Southern Hills in Oklahoma this afternoon.
The build-up to the tournament has been dominated by talk of players defecting to a rival Saudi-backed series and the absence of defending champion Phil Mickelson. That speculation will be forced into the background over the next four days though as the world’s best players come for glory in the year’s second major. Scottie Scheffler enters the week as a slight favorite owing to his spectacular start to the season, with four victories including his maiden major title at Augusta in April. The world No 1 is sure to face stern competition from his Ryder Cup teammates with Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele all in fine form.
The majority of eyes will of course be drawn to Tiger Woods, with the 15-time major champion insisting he is confident he can scale the mountain again as he continues his comeback from that horrific car crash last year. Jon Rahm is looking to clinch the second major of his career and hasn’t competed since winning the Mexico Championship at the start of the month. Rory McIlroy finished runner-up at Augusta and will be hoping to go one better and end his eight-year drought at the majors. Follow all the action live below:
After a terrific start Max Homa has slipped down the leaderboard to (+1) thru 14.
2009 champion YE Yang who famously took down Tiger Woods at Hazeltine to become the first Asian major champion ends with consecutive bogeys to finish his opening round one-over par.
Michael Jones19 May 2022 18:16
Matt Kuchar is sneaking up the leaderboard as well. He went out in a level par 35 but has picked up a couple of birdies on the back nine to move to (-2) with three holes left to play.
Rory McIlroy (-5) is in a spot of trouble on the right hand side of the fifth green.
Michael Jones19 May 2022 18:12
Cameron Smith is back! After going two-over par for the opening nine holes, the Australian has birdied four of the first five on the front nine to move within three of the lead. He’s back up to (-2) thru 14.
Michael Jones19 May 2022 18:08
Tiger is back to (+2) after another bogey on the fourth. That’s three bogeys in four holes for Woods on his front nine.
Xander Schauffele’s steady run on the front nine is rewarded with a birdie on the sixth to put him (-2) thru 15 holes.
Michael Jones19 May 2022 18:00
Justin Rose’s first nine ended with consecutive bogeys and he’s added a third on the second hole to move back level for the round.
YE Yang is holding in there. He’s still (-1) thru 16 holes but he has the difficult par-4 18th to come.
Michael Jones19 May 2022 17:53
It’s been a good morning for Rory McIlroy and the conditions are well suited for birdies. There are a few powerhouse trios still come this later this evening. Here’s a look at some of the most exciting groups:
19:03 Brooks Koepka (US), Shane Lowry (Ire), Adam Scott (Aus)
19:14 Patrick Cantlay (US), Dustin Johnson (US), Justin Thomas (US)
19:36 Collin Morikawa (US), Jon Rahm (Spa), Scottie Scheffler (US)
19:58 Tommy Fleetwood (Eng), Billy Horschel (US), Kevin Kisner (US)
Michael Jones19 May 2022 17:45
Rory McIlroy is home for par on the third with a good save to remain at (-5). Tiger’s run of bogeys comes to an end with a birdie at the same hole and he’s back to (+1).
Jordan Spieth is probably the most frustrated of this trio but he safely navigates the hole to stay two-over for the day.
Michael Jones19 May 2022 17:42
Over on the third Jordan Spieth (+2) and Rory McIlroy (-5) leave their approaches short of the green but Tiger Woods (+2) flights one in close to leave a very gettable birdie putt.
Michael Jones19 May 2022 17:37
Rory McIlroy (-5) through 11*
Dean Burmester (-3) through 14
Will Zalatoris (-3) thru 12*
Abraham Ancer (-2) through 11
Francesco Molinari (-2) through 8*
* denotes first tee off on the 10th hole.
Michael Jones19 May 2022 17:33
Tom Hoge (-3) joins Dean Burmester into a tie for second with back-to-back birdies on nine and 10. Davis Riley and Abraham Ancer have both dropped shots to move back to (-2).
With them is Chris Kirk. He’s two under thru 14 with a run of pars coming on the back nine.
Michael Jones19 May 2022 17:28
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.