The first day of the PGA Championship 2018 at Bellerive has finished and as usual, it is an American dominated leaderboard at this point. Woodward is in the lead with -6, with Fowler on -5 as they go into today’s second round of golf.
Gary Woodward got seven birdies in the final 11 holes to set the pace for the coveted tournament. The action is likely to get more exciting today, as a number of top players will be fighting to avoid being cut. Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele and Tiger Woods are currently on even par, whilst Spieth is one over.
Rose 3 under despite back injury
Justin Rose is three under, which is quite remarkable considering he has been troubled with a back problem that has stopped him from being able to practice. Following his first day of golf at Bellerive, he said that being unable to practice may have actually helped him:
“Often you can be biased how you play in practice at times, and that can influence the clubs you want to hit off the tee and what you’re comfortable doing. Today I had a bit of a blank canvas to play with, and I felt comfortable on the course.”
Tiger Woods is joint 48th
Tiger Woods will need to start playing better today if he is going to make the cut. He had experienced a bit of a revival recently, with a good performance at Carnoustie and some other performances that showed a lot of promise.
— PGA Championship (@PGAChampionship) August 10, 2018
Brandel Chamblee claims that Woods’ injury problems are all down to lifting weights. He said:
“If Tiger doesn’t lift weights, he would have won 20-plus major championships and 100-plus events. He would be hitting the ball right now, probably as long or longer than anybody on the PGA Tour.”
You would have thought that his physio might have given Tiger the heads up with that one! But Chamblee seems to know that the crux of Woods’ problems is from how his swing changed as a result of doing weights.