TULSA, Okla. — The second of four major championships this golf season is officially underway with the 2022 PGA Championship teeing off Thursday morning at Southern Hills. With a star-studded field led by 2007 PGA Championship winner Tiger Woods and notably missing long-time rival and defending champion Phil Mickelson, the Wanamaker Trophy is set to change hands with no shortage of storylines on tap.
Rory McIlroy on Thursday thrust himself to the fore of that conversation with an opening 5-under 65 to capture the clubhouse lead in the morning wave. The two-time PGA Championship winner put himself on the inside track to win for a third time at the event by grinding out the tough conditions to turn in seven birdies on a course that has thus far has played tough (and likely will continue to do so as conditions firm up). Woods’ start to the week decided lacked the same luster of his counterpart, as he struggled with his approach game and carded an opening-round 4-over 74.
McIlroy set the bar for the field early but World Nos. 1, 2 and 3 — Scottie Scheffler, Jon Rahm and Collin Morikawa — have only just begun their first round. The afternoon wave should have a chance to threaten the top of the leaderboard, giving us an exciting finish to Day One at Southern Hills.
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