PGA Championship tracker: Day 1 at Whistling Straits

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 13, 2015, 11:45 am

The 97th PGA Championship takes place this week at Whistling Straits Golf Course in Sheboygan, Wis. GolfChannel.com is tracking the men's final major of the season through on-site reporting and social media. For additional coverage, click here for full-field scores and click here for our Tiger Tracker. All-times for the PGA Championship tracker are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).


8:00PM: It's official! That's three major championships in a row that Dustin Johnson has led after 18 holes. Could this finally be the one? We'll have to wait to find out. Thanks for following along with our live blog. Come hang out with us again tomorrow.


7:52PM: That four birdies and four bogeys for Phil Mickelson for an even-par 72 to open the PGA Championship.


7:49PM: B-T-Dub ... 'Live From' the PGA Championship is headed your way in 11 minutes, on Golf Channel or you can live stream here: https://www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream


7:38PM: Meanwhile, Jordan Spieth makes par at 18 for a 1-under 71, also. There is, however, no confusion as to what color his pants are.


7:37PM: Rory McIlroy finishes with bogey at 18 to shoot 1-under 71 in Round 1, but what's really important here is ...


7:30PM: Phil being Phil. After a birdie at 16, he found himself in a wee bit of trouble on 17:


7:27PM: DJ is still your outright leader after David Lingmerth posts a 5-under 67 in Round 1.


7:22PM: Looky who's now 1 under after a birdie at the 16th:


7:18PM: Not as many low scores in the afternoon, but these guys didn't notice:


7:11PM: Birdies for both Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth at the par-5 16th. McIlroy moves to 2 under; Spieth moves to 1 under. Who wants to see them birdie in?


7:08PM: DJ can't 'weight' to get back out for Round 2! He's off tomorrow at 2:20 p.m. ET.


6:55PM: Ian Baker-Finch with the line of the day in reference to Jordan Spieth's admonishment of his tee shot (that found a fairway bunker left): That's not what a snap-hook is. And I know what a snap hook is.


6:54PM: What he said ... Y.E. Yang (the 2009 PGA champion, you might recall) shot a first-round 70 to Tiger Woods' opening 73.


6:50PM: Score update for the Nos. 1 and 2 in the world: Rory McIlroy is 1 under through 15 and Jordan Spieth is even through 15. What's that? You want to know where the third player in their group is? Our bad - Zach Johnson is 2 over through 15.


6:45PM: Just kidding. David Lingmerth just made bogey at the par-4 sixth to drop back to 5 under and now trails DJ by one.


6:28PM: Dustin Johnson's got company. David Lingmerth joins DJ at 6-under par. Four holes to play in his first round.


6:24PM: Ladies and gentlemen ... Steve Stricker! Wisconsin native finishes off a 1-under 71 with a loud roar from the crowd.


6:10PM: Mark a fifth straight birdie for Koepka. After going out in 40, he's now under par on the day.


5:57PM: And within a span of about 30 seconds, Phil nearly holes one from the fairway, Spieth bounces back with a chip-in birdie and Brooks Koepka chips in for his fourth straight circle. The PGA Championship has officially started.


5:52PM: David Lingmerth continues to be the only player amongst those with a late tee time anywhere near the lead. He's one back through 12.


5:46PM: Zach Johnson makes par. Which is the most Zach Johnson sentence of all time.


5:45PM: Rory McIlroy gets to 1-under par with a birdie on 11. Jordan Spieth makes his first non-par of the day, but unfortunately it's a bogey, after lipping out his short par putt.


5:38PM: Skinny Jason Dufner makes a birdie on 10 ... Almost blows over in the wind picking the ball out of the cup.


5:30PM: Think the Day family is happy with his opening 68?


5:25PM: And that's three more pars for the featured group. McIlroy with the 6-footer in heavy wind.


5:17PM: Rory chipping out of some knee-high grass on 10. And considering he could probably barely see the ball, putting it on the green some 50 feet from the hole isn't so bad.


5:05PM: And Zach Johnson pours in a birdie. Rory follows with one of his own. Spieth makes another par. All sit at even par as they head to the back nine.


4:55PM: Phil bouncing back from that bogey.


4:49PM: And ... our featured group of Spieth, McIlroy and ZJ at 2-over combined through eight holes. Spieth leading the threesome with 8 straight pars. Electric stuff.


4:39PM: Mickelson standing a solid couple feet above his ball on No. 8 in the bunker ... and he hits it to a five feet. And in Classic Phil fashion he misses the putt. Makes bogey. Back to even.


4:33PM: Dustin Johnson's take on once again sitting in the driver's seat at a major:


4:25PM: All the cool kids are playing out of the water.


4:12PM: While Rory, Jordan and Zach are having their fair share of problems in the wind, David Lingmerth is in solo second thanks to a tap-in birdie at No. 16. He's 5 under through seven holes.


4:04PM: Because we haven't had a depressing Tiger update in 34 minutes.


4:02PM: Rory McIlroy just put on a clinic in playing from the water, rolling up just one pant leg, and getting up-and-down for par.


3:52PM: Separately, after throwing his ball into the water on No. 4, Zach Johnson hit his drive into the water on 5. Two down.


3:50PM: Make that 4 under through six holes for Lingmerth, who's quickly gotten himself into a tie for second, just two back of the lead.


3:45PM: Your reigning Memorial champ is setting the pace for the afternoon wave as the wind continues to pick up.


3:36PM: Zach Johnson made bogey at the par-4 fourth, and promptly chucked his ball into Lake Michigan.


3:30PM: Might tomorrow be Tiger's last round of the season?


3:20PM: Details for the statistic below. Tiger closed with a 73 at the Masters, missed the weekend with 80-76 at the U.S. Open and left the British early after 76-75.


3:12PM: Phil Mickelson is off and running. This for birdie at No. 1:


3:08PM: Guess who, who and who.


2:59PM: We should see if Norm wants to run this tracker some time.

Rory ended up tapping in for birdie to get back to even through two after an opening bogey.


2:49PM: Ian Baker-Finch on the telecast explains that the good news after Zach Johnson's hooked second shot is that his ball actually hit someone in the back, resulting in a favorable kick. So Zach's got that going for him. Which is ... you know.


2:45PM: You can probably expect another good round from DJ tomorrow. Question is - what happens over the weekend?


2:35PM: Post-round quotes from Big Cat. Right on about the putting - at least.

That was 33 putts in total, by the way.


2:29PM: As for the other two PGA champs in Tiger's group, Martin Kaymer posted a 2-under 70 with a double bogey on his final hole, while Keegan Bradley needed to close birdie-birdie just to shoot 4 over. That's five birdies, seven bogeys and a double for Keegs.


2:26PM: On a far less exciting note, Tiger Woods is in the house with a 3-over 75. That's currently tied for 94th, with the morning wave coming to its close. And Tiger Tracker is once again on cut watch after Round 1.


2:20PM: And here ... we ... go.


2:19PM: It's unlikely this will ever get old.


2:15PM: Dustin Johnson is in the clubhouse with a 6-under 66. Five birdies and an eagle against a single bogey. Playing in the same group, Jason Day is just two off the early pace after a 4-under 68. Cards:


2:09PM: While purists continue to miss "Glory's Last Shot," this slogan makes for a better picture.


2:03PM: Rory shaping it on the range:


1:55PM: If you've yet to see it, here's Anirban Lahiri's prize for winning the Long Drive on Tuesday. Check the hastags.


1:48PM: Dustin Johnson is rarely anything other than low key, but his coach, Butch Harmon, told Steve Sands on Thursday that DJ believes "this place," Whistling Straits, "owes him something."


1:40PM: Not only did Billy Horschel pose for this picture, he retweeted it. He must really like that shirt.


1:37PM: Hideki Matsuyama, who at one point held the lead at 5 under, finished with a 2-under 70. What happened? Check out Nos. 6-9, his final four holes of the day.


1:30PM: Fifty minutes to go. These two and the British Open champ off at 2:20.


1:28PM: Rematch of WGC-Cadillac Championship?


1:24PM: So there's that ...


1:15PM: That's one heck of a line off the tee ...


1:13PM: English, Holmes and Day are one back of DJ. Holmes has birdied four of his last five holes.


1:03PM: Tiger's slide continues ...


1:01PM: Ouch! Fowler makes a quad on par-3 3rd, follows up with a birdie on 4, but still he's even par.


12:55PM: DJ rebounds with a birdie on par-4 4th. He's at 6 under and leads by two over six players.


12:48PM: Bjorn bogeys par-3 17th, DJ now leads alone again at 5 under. Kuchar makes fourth birdie in last five holes and joins group at 4 under.


12:45PM: Not ideal:


12:40PM: At No. 3, DJ makes his first bogey. Drops back into a share of the lead with Bjorn at 5 under.


12:28PM: Matt Kuchar and J.B. Holmes have both made back-to-back birdies to join a large group at 3 under, three behind DJ.


12:14PM: DJ now has the lead at 6 under. Day two back after an eagle on par-5 2nd, Fowler at 3 under.


11:57AM: DJ and Matsuyama join Bjorn at 5 under. Matt Jones is one back.


11:51AM: Tiger bogeys par-4 18th and makes the turn at 1 over par.


11:41AM: DJ wasting no time getting in contention:


11:31AM: Bjorn takes the lead with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 11 and 12. He's at 5 under, one ahead of English, DJ and Matsuyama.


11:22AM: Interesting note below. DJ currently shares the lead while Spieth tees off at 2:20 p.m. ET.


11:18AM: It's a birdie! Tiger cards his first circle of the round, at the par-5 16th. He's back to even par, four back.


11:16AM: Let's make it four at 4 under. Harris English birdies the eighth to tie for the lead.


11:13AM: Thomas Bjorn makes it a trio at the top. He birdies the par-5 11th to reach 4 under.


11:04AM: Dustin Johnson eagles the par-5 16th. He's at 4 under, tied for the lead.


11:04AM: Oh, dear:


11AM: A little over four hours into play, here's a look at where things stand:


10:57AM: Tiger update through six:


10:50AM: An Ernie Els sighting on the leaderboard. He's among a massive group at 2 under, two off the lead.


10:42AM: Tyrrell Hatton, yes, Tyrrell Hatton is one off the lead with three birdies over his first four holes. And, no, he's not a club pro. He's 23-year-old Englishman ranked 93rd in the world.


10:39AM: Three-putt bogey for Woods at the par-4 14th. He's now 1 over through five holes, five off the lead.


10:32AM: Look who's back in major contention: Louis Oosthuizen, who has finished T-2 in each of his last two majors, is at 2 under, two back. That's a lot of twos.


10:22AM: Hideki Matsuyama claims the outright lead with a birdie at 18, his ninth hole of the day.


10:18AM: Harris English birdies Nos. 2-4 to tie for the lead at 3 under.


10:14AM: Among those currently over par: Jim Furyk, Justin Rose, Lee Westwood, Bill Haas and 2004 Whistling winner Vijay Singh.


10:11AM: Sixty of the 78 players on the course right now are at even par or better.


9:57AM: Tiger update: From off the green in two at the par-5 11th, Woods uses putter three times for par.


9:50AM: Make it a four-way tie for the lead. Hideki Matsuyama and Robert Streb have reached 3 under. Meanwhile, club pro Brian Gaffney is at 2 under through eight.


9:40AM: Ryan Moore pulled a Paul Casey. He's gone birdie-birdie-birdie - but on the opposite nine - to reach 3 under.


9:36AM: Check it out:


9:32AM: Paul Casey starts his day birdie-birdie-birdie to break from the pack. And it was almost an even better beginning


9:27AM: Carl Pettersson is about to begin his round. He got in the field Thursday morning when Gary Woodland withdrew.


9:25AM: Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler birdied their opening hole, the par-4 10th. Tiger, playing in the group behind, did not.


9:16AM: Tiger Woods hits the fairway with his opening tee shot. That seems notable, nowadays.


9:14AM: Six players now tied at 2 under, including: Sabbatini, Matsuyama, Hadley, Streb, Kuchar and Moore.


9:04AM: Looks good for the early groups, as we are seeing some red numbers out of the gates.


9AM: Hideki Matsuyama was a popular pick this week. He's on the board early with a birdie at No. 2.


8:48AM: Rory leads the PGA! Sabbatini, that is. The South African is 3 under through four holes.


8:38AM: Hopefully, Tiger gets off to a better start than Tracker.


8:30AM: And right behind that group are Tiger Woods, Martin Kaymer and Keegan Bradley.


8:15AM: Rickie's ready. Fowler goes out with Jason Day and Dustin Johnson at 9:05 a.m. ET


8AM: Here's a look at the hole locations for Day 1 at Whistling Straits.


7:45AM: We're live in Round 1 of the 97th PGA Championship!

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Poulter offers explanation in dispute with marshal

By Will GrayJuly 15, 2018, 6:47 pm

Ian Poulter took to Twitter to offer an explanation after the Englishman was accused of verbally abusing a volunteer during the third round of the Scottish Open.

Poulter hooked his drive on the opening hole at Gullane Golf Club into a bush, where Quintin Jardine was working as a marshal. Poulter went on to find the ball, wedge out and make bogey, but the details of the moments leading up to his second shot differ depending on who you ask.

Jardine wrote a letter to the tournament director that he also turned into a colorfully-titled blog post, accusing Poulter of berating him for not going into the bush "feet first" in search of the ball since Poulter would have received a free drop had his ball been stepped on by an official.


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"I stood and waited for the player. It turned out to be Mr. Poulter, who arrived in a shower of expletives and asked me where his ball was," Jardine wrote. "I told him and said that I had not ventured into the bush for fear of standing on it. I wasn't expecting thanks, but I wasn't expecting aggression, either."

Jardine added that Poulter stayed to exchange heated words with the volunteer even after wedging his ball back into the fairway. After shooting a final-round 69 to finish in a tie for 30th, Poulter tweeted his side of the story to his more than 2.3 million followers:

Poulter, 42, won earlier this year on the PGA Tour at the Houston Open and is exempt into The Open at Carnoustie, where he will make his 17th Open appearance. His record includes a runner-up at Royal Birkdale in 2008 and a T-3 finish at Muirfield in 2013.

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Immelman misses Open bid via OWGR tiebreaker

By Will GrayJuly 15, 2018, 6:25 pm

A resurgent performance at the Scottish Open gave Trevor Immelman his first top-10 finish in more than four years, but it left him short of a return to The Open by the slimmest of margins.

The former Masters champ turned back the clock this week at Gullane Golf Club, carding four straight rounds of 68 or better. That run included a 5-under 65 in the final round, which gave him a tie for third and left him five shots behind winner Brandon Stone. It was his first worldwide top-10 since a T-10 finish at the 2014 Farmers Insurance Open.

There were three spots available into The Open for players not otherwise exempt, and for a brief moment it appeared Immelman, 38, might sneak the third and final invite.


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But with Stone and runner-up Eddie Pepperell both not qualified, that left the final spot to be decided between Immelman and Sweden's Jens Dantorp who, like Immelman, tied for third at 15 under.

As has been the case with other stops along the Open Qualifying Series, the tiebreaker to determine invites is the players' standing in the Official World Golf Rankings entering the week. Dantorp is currently No. 322 in the world, but with Immelman ranked No. 1380 the Swede got the nod.

This will mark Dantorp's first-ever major championship appearance. Immelman, who hasn't made the cut in a major since the 2013 Masters, was looking to return to The Open for 10th time and first since a missed cut at Royal Lytham six years ago. He will instead work the week at Carnoustie as part of Golf Channel and NBC's coverage of The Open.

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Stone (60) wins Scottish Open, invite to Carnoustie

By Will GrayJuly 15, 2018, 6:06 pm

There's never a bad time to shoot a 60, but Brandon Stone certainly picked an opportune moment to do so.

Facing a jammed leaderboard in the final round of the Scottish Open, Stone fired a 10-under 60 to leave a stacked field in his wake and win the biggest tournament of his career. His 20-under 260 total left him four shots clear of Eddie Pepperell and five shots in front of a group that tied for third.

Stone had a mid-range birdie putt on No. 18 that would have given him the first 59 in European Tour history. But even after missing the putt on the left, Stone tapped in to close out a stellar round that included eight birdies, nine pars and an eagle. It's his third career European Tour title but first since the Alfred Dunhill Championship in December 2016.


Full-field scores from the ASI Scottish Open


Stone started the day three shots behind overnight leader Jens Dantorp, but he made an early move with three birdies over his first five holes and five over his first 10. Stone added a birdie on the par-3 12th, then took command with a three-hole run from Nos. 14-16 that included two birdies and an eagle.

The eye-popping score from the 25-year-old South African was even more surprising considering his lack of form entering the week. Stone is currently ranked No. 371 in the world and had missed four of his last seven worldwide cuts without finishing better than T-60.

Stone was not yet qualified for The Open, and as a result of his performance at Gullane Golf Club he will tee it up next week at Carnoustie. Stone headlined a group of three Open qualifiers, as Pepperell and Dantorp (T-3) also earned invites by virtue of their performance this week. The final spot in the Open will go to the top finisher not otherwise qualified from the John Deere Classic.

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Daly (knee) replaced by Bradley in Open field

By Will GrayJuly 15, 2018, 12:13 pm

Former champion John Daly has withdrawn from The Open because of a right knee injury and will be replaced in the field at Carnoustie by another major winner, Keegan Bradley.

Daly, 52, defeated Costantino Rocca in a memorable playoff to win the claret jug at St. Andrews in 1995. His lingering knee pain led him to request a cart during last month's U.S. Senior Open, and when that request was denied he subsequently withdrew from the tournament.

Daly then received treatment on the knee and played in a PGA Tour event last week at The Greenbrier without the use of a cart, missing the cut with rounds of 77-67. But on the eve of the season's third major, he posted to Twitter that his pain remains "unbearable" and that a second request for a cart was turned down:

This will be just the second time since 2000 that Daly has missed The Open, having also sat out the 2013 event at Muirfield. He last made the cut in 2012, when he tied for 81st at Royal Lytham. He could still have a few more chances to improve upon that record, given that past Open champions remain fully exempt until age 60.

Taking his place will be Bradley, who was first alternate based on his world ranking. Bradley missed the event last year but recorded three top-20 finishes in five appearances from 2012-16, including a T-18 finish two years ago at Royal Troon.

The next three alternates, in order, are Spain's Adrian Otaegui and Americans Aaron Wise and J.B. Holmes.