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PGA Championship: Rory McIlroy impresses as Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth struggle in Southern Hills | Golf News

PGA Championship: Rory McIlroy impresses as Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth struggle in Southern Hills | Golf News

Rory McIlroy set the tone for Tulsa after a five-under 65 while Jordan Spieth began his career Grand Slam bid with a two-over 72; Tiger Woods is nine behind after a first round 74 – Watch the PGA Championship all week long live on Sky Sports Golf

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Watch Rory McIlroy's seven birdies en route to posting a five under 65 for the PGA Championship first round at Southern Hills.

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Watch Rory McIlroy’s seven birdies en route to posting a five under 65 for the PGA Championship first round at Southern Hills.

Watch Rory McIlroy’s seven birdies en route to posting a five under 65 for the PGA Championship first round at Southern Hills.

Rory McIlroy ended his scorching first-round majors record to take the lead on day one of the 104th PGA Championship at Southern Hills.

McIlroy had posted a combined 35-over-par total in the first round of majors since last winning the 2014 PGA Championship, including one of 73 at the Masters last month, to improve on that stat by dominating his star-studded group on the opening day in Tulsa.

Rory McIlroy birdied four in a row to take the tournament lead in the first round of the PGA Championship

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Rory McIlroy birdied four in a row to take the tournament lead in the first round of the PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy birdied four in a row to take the tournament lead in the first round of the PGA Championship

Playing alongside Jordan Spieth – career Grand Slam chaser – and Tiger Woods, who won the 13th of his 15 majors when this venue last hosted the event in 2007, McIlroy has cleared the field and set up an imposing clubhouse goal with an impressive five-under 65.

From the back nine, McIlroy opened with back-to-back pars before a brilliant approach in the par-four 12 left him inches from the flag and started a four-game birdie streak.

Rory McIlroy birdied four in a row to take the tournament lead in the first round of the PGA Championship

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Rory McIlroy birdied four in a row to take the tournament lead in the first round of the PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy birdied four in a row to take the tournament lead in the first round of the PGA Championship

McIlroy rode up and down from a greenside bunker to take advantage of the par five 13th and rolled 25ft on the next, with a 10ft birdie on the 15th lifting him into the lead solo and helping him reach the bend in 31.

The Northern Irishman holeshot 15ft in the second but missed a birdie chance halfway through in the fourth, only to convert 12ft to the par-five from 665 yards then to temporarily go three ahead.

Rory McIlroy went to six under par with an impressive high and low for a birdie on the par-5 fifth hole.

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Rory McIlroy went to six under par with an impressive high and low for a birdie on the par-5 fifth hole.

Rory McIlroy went to six under par with an impressive high and low for a birdie on the par-5 fifth hole.

McIlroy’s hopes of a ’61 round’ and the lowest in major history ended when he missed nine feet to save par in the sixth, before losing his absolute advantage after failing to mount and down from a greenside bunker on his penultimate hole.

The 32-year-old responded by nailing a 20-footer in the ninth to record a seventh birdie of the day, giving McIlroy a one-shot advantage after the morning flurry over American duo Will Zalatoris – who had two of his last three holes. – and Tom Hoge.

Rory McIlroy birdied his last hole of the day to take the lead in the first round of the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills.

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Rory McIlroy birdied his last hole of the day to take the lead in the first round of the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills.

Rory McIlroy birdied his last hole of the day to take the lead in the first round of the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills.

Matt Kuchar and Abraham Ancer are both in the lead and Cameron Smith recovered from a slow start to join Xander Schauffele in posting a two under 68, while Woods and Spieth couldn’t match their playing partner on opening day after failing to build. on their impressive starts.

Woods, making his first start since his long-awaited return to the Masters, had followed a birdie from close range in the tenth while drilling 15 feet in the 14th, only to drop a shot to the next after a poor tee shot, then post three consecutive bogeys from the 18th.

Tiger Woods birdied the 10th hole, his first, in the opening round of the PGA Championship at Southern Hills.

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Tiger Woods birdied the 10th hole, his first, in the opening round of the PGA Championship at Southern Hills.

Tiger Woods birdied the 10th hole, his first, in the opening round of the PGA Championship at Southern Hills.

The former world No. 1 briefly stopped the rot with a birdie in the third but bogeyed the next to slip further behind, before following a bogey in the 17th taking two shots out of the rough on his way to a last-hole spot that left him signing for a four-for-74.

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Spieth had also started strong with a 10ft birdie on the 12th, although he soon saw his round derailed with three bogeys in a four-hole stretch from the 15th, with the three-time major champion losing another shot when he missed by four feet in the sixth.

A 12-foot birdie on the next and a clutch save from the rough in the final opening round 72, although Spieth has some work to do if he is to keep his hopes of becoming the sixth golfer in history to complete the Grand Claquer career.

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