First the ko of Francesco Molinari, forced to forfeit a few hours from the start due to a back injury. Then the surprise leadership of Corey Conners. In South Carolina, the 103rd edition of the PGA Championship, the second male major of 2021, immediately gave twists and turns. Between feats, penalties – such as the one John Catlin stumbled upon, the first player in a Grand Slam event to be punished for slow play (in the tournament where technology debuted on the pitch to speed up times) from the 2013 Open Championship, when it was Hideki Matsuyama’s turn – and mistakes. With no golfer in the competition who, on Kiawah Island, on the difficult 7,876 yard long Ocean Course (par 72), the longest course ever recorded in a Major tournament, has closed the opening 18 holes without committing at least a bogey. And while the most anticipated big names – from Dustin Johnson, world number 1, only 97 / o with 76 (+4), to Justin Thomas (second in the ranking), 77 / o (75, +3) as Rory McIlroy, who here dominated in 2012 and was indicated by bookmakers as the favorite of the eve – they disappointed, to take the stage was the Canadian Conners who, with a partial closed in 67 (-5), leads the leaderboard alone.
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The 29-year-old from Listowel (who took eighth place at The Masters last April) has a two-stroke advantage over six rivals, all second with 69 (-3). Behind him are Brooks Koepka (winner of the PGA Championship in 2018 and 2019), Viktor Hovland, Cameron Davis, Sam Horsfield, Keegan Bradley and Aaron Wise. Eighth place (70, -2), among others, for the Californian Collin Morikawa, reigning champion, and for Phil Mickelson. While 16 / i (71, -1) Will Zalatoris (second as rookie at The Masters), Paul Casey, Rickie Fowler, Tyrrell Hatton and 11 other players. With Spaniard Jon Rahm, looking for his first major win, 31 / o (72, par) like Bryson DeChambeau and Justin Rose. On the other hand, the Texan Jordan Spieth who, in South Carolina, aims to complete the Grand Slam is a shot above par (73, +1).
First a warning for taking 74 seconds to take a shot. Then the penalty, after 63 seconds of waiting, to throw another one. Penalty and 77 / o place for Catlin. In a first round, that of the PGA Championship, which immediately gave a show.