Scott, Day in the mix during PGA round one

Arnold Nichols
August 11, 2017

Denmark's Olesen, who won the golf World Cup in Melbourne past year, shot an impressive 67 to hold a one-shot lead over reigning US Open champion Brooks Koepka, Grayson Murray, Chris Stroud, Gary Woodland (all 68) and Bud Cauley (13 holes) at three-under. Garcia played a four-hole stretch in six over and shot 75.

Among afternoon starters, fourth-ranked Rory McIlroy was level par after four holes and South Korean An Byeong-Hun was three-under through five after opening on the back nine with 3 consecutive birdies.

Stroud made the turn at even par and then birdied 10 and 11 before his 20 foot putt on 18 sealed his first round score of 68.

"It was a day that should have been a couple under par and ended one-over", Spieth said. When you play safe into the greens, you give yourself very tricky putts, like the one I had - downhill, left-to-right.

"The ball is kind of starting where I want it to".

"This week, I worked hard on it and I got a lot of confidence in the driver. I can't putt any worse than I did today". I feel like I'm better prepared to be in contention over the weekend and have a chance to win. "I'm sure he's going to have quite a big headache".

"I've played so inconsistently this year by my standards", said Scott, who plans to use the break to watch his beloved Adelaide Crows as they head into the Australian Football League finals in first place.

That could explain why you'll see more physically fit people at this week's (August 10-13) PGA Championship behind the ropes than on the fairways.

Spieth had insisted on Wednesday that he had no "burning desire" to surpass Woods as the youngest grand slam victor and was "freerolling" this week, but added: "I don't think I was as freerolling as I thought I would be, as you can tell by some frustration".

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