A brief look at the opening round of the PGA Championship


KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP)A brief look at the first round Thursday of the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island (all times EDT):

LEADING: Corey Conners, who shot a 5-under 67 to lead by two.

TRAILING: Keegan Bradley, Viktor Hovland, Brooks Koepka, Aaron Wise, Sam Horsfield and Cameron Davis shot 69.

FADING: Top-ranked Dustin Johnson shot 76, and Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas were only a shot better. Adam Scott shot 78 and Cameron Champ had an 82.

SHOT OF THE DAY: Masters runner-up Will Zalatoris smashed a 60-degree wedge from 122 yards on the par-4 sixth hole that spun back into the hole for an eagle 2.

ROUND OF THE DAY: Martin Laird made only three pars over his final 15 holes. He also had seven birdies and five bogeys for a 70.

NOTEWORTHY: Patrick Cantlay is the first player in 30 years to make at least two eagles in the opening round of the PGA Championship. He shot 73.

QUOTEWORTHY: ”I told him after I made it, `Thanks for teaching me that shot,’ because I’ve seen him hole so many freaking wedge shots throughout my life.” – Will Zalatoris on his friend and playing partner Jordan Spieth.

KEY STATISTIC: There were seven rounds in the 60s, the fewest for the first round of the PGA since there were five in 2002 at Hazeltine.

TELEVISION: Friday, 1-7 p.m. (ESPN).

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