Anticipation was high as day one got underway at the final major of the year ‘ The PGA Championship’ and it didn’t disappoint. Expectation was once again on Woods and he was one of the first out in the morning and got off to a flyer birdieing three of the first five of his front nine (teeing off from the 10th) and then to everyone’s amazement dropped 10 shots on the way back to the club house to card a round of 77 (+7)
McIlroy’s round was as equally dramatic for different reasons after finding his tee shot on the third had come to rest up against a tree root (Montgomorie commentating for Sky Sports said ‘ I hope he doesn’t hit this ball for the sake of his career). The Inexperienced Mcilroy proceeded to hit the ball and was badly hurt as a result, to his credit he continued with constant on course treatment and scrambled around an incredibly tough golf course with only one hand on the club at times producing Seve like recovery’s and holing some clutch putts, McIlroy carded a Level par round of 70.
With all this drama going on, the limelight was taken away from Steve Stricker who had a putt for the first 62 in a major championship ever which unfortunately shaved the hole, still his 63 was enough to give him a two shot lead heading into day two.