Conditions, schedule get Grillo off to hot start


SPRINGFIELD, N.J. – Emiliano Grillo continued a strong major campaign with an opening 4-under 66 at the PGA Championship, good enough for second place behind Jimmy Walker after the early wave on Day 1.

Grillo, who finished T-17 at the Masters and T-12 at The Open two weeks ago, credited “very tough conditions” at the RBC Canadian Open with getting him ready to take advantage of the more scoreable Baltusrol on Thursday.

“The conditions are absolutely perfect. There's not a single grass out of place on this golf course. The greens were absolutely perfect this morning. It was hard and the ball was going far. So everything was good to post a good score there,” he said.

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Whether the 23-year-old can keep the momentum rolling all week remains to be seen, but the schedule has worked out to his liking with two majors and the Olympics – where he will represent Argentina – in a five-week span.

“I'd rather do that one week, one week and one week. Because if you play good the week before, you can carry that on into the next week. That's what I've been doing,” said Grillo. “I played well in Troon. I played well last week, and you know, I'm carrying that into this week, which is very important.

“And we're going to do the same, carrying on to Rio, and hopefully we can carry on the playoffs and so on and so on.”

A quick start could be key at the season’s final major, as the rest of the week calls for up to an 80 percent chance of rain starting on Friday.