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).