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TODAY IS Thursday August 24th
Kisner, Olesen share lead after first round at PGA
Friday Aug 11, 2017 12:00am

(CHARLOTTE, NC) - On some of the fastest, most frightening and, at times, frustrating greens the PGA Championship has ever seen, Kevin Kizner (kiz-ner) and Thorbjorn Olesen emerged with a share of the lead Thursday at 4-under 67, the highest score to lead this major after the opening round in seven years. For all the talk about this 7,600-yard course favoring the big hitters, the shortest club in the bag turned out to be just as valuable. U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka (kep-KA) led five players at 68. Koepka missed a half-dozen putts from 12 feet or closer, and while it looked as though he hit the ball well enough to go low at Quail Hollow, he wasn't the least bit frustrated. That's the way Kisner approached it. Given the size of Quail Hollow, Kisner drew up a simple plan. He identified four or five holes where he could make birdie, and he played for par everywhere else. Olesen picked up birdies on most of the same holes, and he finished with a 30 foot birdie that also sounded like an accident. Jordan Spieth, playing in the only major keeping him from the career Grand Slam, didn't make a putt longer than 5 feet and was coming off a pair of three-putt bogeys from long range when he steadied himself with a pair of perfectly executed birdies for a 72 that left him five shots behind and very much in the game. Rickie Fowler made plenty of birdies, and he needed them to offset his triple-bogey on the sixth hole. He finished two shots back at 69. Hideki Matsuyama, Dustin Johnson and Jason Day along with Jon Rahm were among those at 1 under 70.

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