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Aug 13, 2015

Frustrated Kaymer ends opening round on a sour note

KOHLER, Wisconsin (Reuters) – A double-bogey on his final hole left Martin Kaymer with a bitter taste in his mouth after he had played good, grinding golf for most of his opening round at the PGA Championship on Thursday.

The German, who won the PGA Championship when it was last played at Whistling Straits five years ago, had battled hard to record five birdies and a bogey on the challenging links-style layout where the wind picked up over the closing stretch.

Aug 13, 2015

Poor putting undermines Tiger’s opening round

KOHLER, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Near-perfect greens and an advantageous tee time did not help Tiger Woods’ cause at the PGA Championship on Thursday as the former world number one struggled to a three-over-par 75 in the opening round.

Having missed the cut in his last two majors, Woods left himself nine strokes off the early lead and with plenty of work to do at Whistling Straits on Friday if he is to avoid missing a third in a row for the first time in his career.

Aug 13, 2015

Patience helps Johnson seize early PGA Championship lead

KOHLER, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Long-hitting American Dustin Johnson used strong ball-striking and a strategy of patience to return to familiar territory at the PGA Championship on Thursday – in contention for a major title.

Johnson, who shared sixth place at the Masters in April and three-putted on the final hole at the U.S. Open in June to drop back into a tie for second, fired a sparkling six-under-par 66 at Whistling Straits to set the first-round pace.

Aug 13, 2015

Golf-’Patient’ Johnson sets early pace at PGA

KOHLER, Wisconsin, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Dustin Johnson, so often the nearly man in recent majors, took advantage of relatively calm early conditions to take the clubhouse lead in the opening round of the 97th PGA Championship on Thursday.

While most golf fans eagerly awaited the ‘Rory and Jordan’ show set for the afternoon at Whistling Straits, the long-hitting American racked up an eagle at the par-five 16th, five birdies and a bogey to card a six-under-par 66.

Aug 13, 2015

Kuchar cashes in on luck of draw at Whistling Straits

KOHLER, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Luck of the draw is often a significant factor at the majors and Matt Kuchar was grateful for an early tee time as he moved into contention for the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits on Thursday.

The American world number 16 took advantage of relatively benign morning conditions under clear skies on the shores of Lake Michigan, firing a four-under-par 68 to sit just two strokes off the clubhouse lead in the opening round.

Aug 13, 2015

Johnson holds clubhouse lead at Whistling Straits

KOHLER, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Dustin Johnson, so often the nearly man in recent majors, took advantage of relatively calm early conditions to take the clubhouse lead in the opening round of the 97th PGA Championship on Thursday.

While most golf fans eagerly awaited the ‘Rory and Jordan’ show set for later in the day at Whistling Straits, the long-hitting American racked up an eagle at the par-five 16th, five birdies and a bogey to card a six-under-par 66.

Aug 13, 2015

Fans prepare for ‘Rory and Jordan’ show at PGA

KOHLER, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Clear skies and barely a breath of wind greeted the early starters at the PGA Championship on Thursday as golf fans prepared for the ‘Rory and Jordan’ show later in the day at Whistling Straits.

The return from injury by world number one McIlroy to defend his PGA Championship crown this week and Spieth’s bid to win a third grand slam title this year have marked out the season’s final major as extra special.

Aug 13, 2015

Players brace for ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at PGA

KOHLER, Wisconsin (Reuters) – The stage is set for Thursday’s opening round at the 97th PGA Championship being held this week for a third time at Whistling Straits, which is viewed by the players both as a ‘Beauty’ and a ‘Beast’.

Measuring 7,514 yards off the back tees, the links-style layout is lush, green, beautifully manicured and stunningly located on the shores of Lake Michigan where eight of the holes are adjacent to the water.

Aug 12, 2015

Spieth eyes making PGA cut, before tilt at history

KOHLER, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Jordan Spieth will command the spotlight at this week’s PGA Championship in a rare bid for a third major title this year but before that can happen, he must make the cut at the tournament for the first time.

Spieth, who last month turned 22, failed to qualify for the final two rounds of the PGA Championship in 2013 and 2014.

Aug 12, 2015

Villegas looks for Whistling Straits inspiration

KOHLER, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Camilo Villegas has endured a roller-coaster ride of form since his career-best year on the PGA Tour in 2008 but is banking on reigniting his game at this week’s PGA Championship at one of his favorite venues.

Five years ago, the Colombian tied for eighth when the PGA Championship was last held on the spectacular links-style layout at Whistling Straits and is well aware of the pitfalls that lurk on the bunker riddled, Pete Dye-designed course.