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Niemann makes the bogey putt! It’s not an ideal situation, of course it’s not, but that up and down from sand will make him feel so much better, after otherwise traversing the hole in a very shoddy fashion. The sort of damage-limitation exercise that so often wins tournaments. He slips back to -3. Meanwhile the travails of the world number one Scottie Scheffler continue. Having taken one step forward with that excellent birdie at 4, he dumps his approach at the par-five 5th into sand, and eventually runs up a bogey six. On the second-easiest hole on the course, that’s handing a shot back to the field, perhaps slightly more if you want to get mathematically precise about it, which I

can’t
don’t.

Niemann does indeed have a route to the 2nd green, but he’s got to fire under some branches. Also, he’s not getting any spin from the Bermuda rough, and so his ball whistles hysterically across the dancefloor and into a bunker at the back. It’s probably a better outcome than being further down the swale, but not by much. He makes a decent job of the long splash out, but the ball still rolls 15 feet past, and he’ll have work to do to limit the damage to bogey. He then falls backwards out of the bunker, leavening the downbeat atmosphere with a little slapstick humour.

Disaster for Niemann, technically playing the 2nd but hitting from the 7th fairway. His back foot slips as he starts his downswing, and an attempt to lob over the trees and back towards the 2nd green ends in failure. His ball whistles into the branches, then rebounds back into the thick rough. If he’s got a route to the green from there, he’ll be very lucky. Meanwhile a sensational up and down from a deep bunker at the front of 18 by Aaron Wise, who smacks out blind over the high face, then rolls in the 15-foot saver. A par, and he turns in 34, -2 for the tournament.

Niemann’s radar has suddenly gone very wonky. Having gone miles left at 1, onto the 4th fairway, he sends his drive at 2 way right, towards the 7th. There’s much to be said for reconnaissance, but this is taking thorough preparation to its very limits. Meanwhile up on 6, Thomas can’t make his right-to-left birdie slider, the ball always destined to die off on the low side. He remains in a share at -5.

Jon Rahm and Scottie Scheffler pepper the flag at 4. However it’s only the Masters champ who can convert his birdie putt. He rises back to +2 alongside Rahm. Meanwhile there’ll be another birdie opportunity for Justin Thomas, this time at the par-three 6th. He sends his tee shot over the flag, and will have a 15-foot look coming back.

JT joins Rory at the top once more! His drive at the par-five 5th finds a bunker down the right, and he’s forced to lay up. But he arrows a 6-iron into the heart of the green, then rolls in a 25-footer across it for birdie. He’ll have felt deflated when his tee shot found sand on one of the easiest holes on the course – it was ranked 17 yesterday, 14 today – but now he’ll be walking towards the 6th tee on air. Meanwhile Niemann does indeed make his two-putt par on 1.

-5: Thomas (14*), McIlroy
-4: Niemann (10*), Hoge, Zalatoris
-3: Fitzpatrick (10*), Ancer, Kuchar
-2: Wise (8*), Riley, Na, Smith, Schauffele, Pereira, Kirk

A wild old tee shot on 1 from Joaquin Niemann. He hooks his drive onto the 4th fairway. But there’s enough room to whip his wedge over the trees between the holes, and lands his second into the heart of the green. That’s a lovely Seve-esque moment, and though he’s 30 feet from the flag, he should at least make his par to remain one off the lead at -4.

Joaquin Niemann hits from the trees on the 13th. Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA

A frustrating lip-out for birdie on 18 for Joaquin Niemann. That would have given him a share of the lead at -5, but he’ll surely have taken 33 over the back nine while eating his grits for breakfast this morning. Meanwhile another birdie for Brooks Koepka, his second in three holes, this time at 5. He’s +2 and this is a huge improvement on yesterday’s dismal 75.

Scottie Scheffler nearly chips in from the side of 3 for birdie, but he’ll have to make do with par. Having dropped another stroke at 2, he really needed that. Back-to-back majors look decidedly unlikely right now; he’s +3. His partners in this marquee group aren’t going that well either; par for Jon Rahm after bogey at 2, and he’s +2, while Collin Morikawa pars to remain at +3. More had been expected from the current top three in the world.

Thomas nearly holes a snaking downhill 30-footer on 4 for birdie. The ball oscillates this way and that, and stops one turn short of dropping. That’s a masterclass in green reading. He’s happy enough with his par, though: two putts from there was far from certain, and he did well to find the green in regulation anyway after sending his tee shot into the thick stuff down the left. He remains at -4, and this is shaping up to be another efficient, no-nonsense, controlled round of golf from the 2017 champion. A Rory-versus-JT shootout on Sunday? You wouldn’t say no, would you. Yes please!

Hello, Niemann! Joaquin repairs the damage of that bogey at 15 with a textbook birdie at 17. Drive straight down the middle; approach to ten feet; in. He rejoins the group one behind Rory McIlroy at -4. Meanwhile a double-bogey six for Shane Lowry on 4, the shortest par-four on the course. He pulls his approach into a greenside bunker, and it all goes south from there. He’s +1, and all of a sudden a tilt at the title looks like turning into a battle to survive the cut.

-5: McIlroy
-4: Thomas (12*),

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Niemann (8*), Hoge, Zalatoris
-3: Fitzpatrick (9*), Ancer, Kuchar

Aaron Wise hands the shot he slightly fortuitously picked up on 13 back to the field in short order. He dumps his tee shot at the par-three 14th into a bunker, and slips back to -2. Talor Gooch has fallen backwards, too, dropping one at 12; the Okie from

Muskogee
Midwest City drops to -1. And Lucas Herbert continues to struggle in the high wind. The young Aussie, who made back-to-back bogeys at 2 and 3, has since made two more, at 5 and 7. He’s +2, having briefly threatened to join Rory McIlroy in the lead last night. It doesn’t take very long for things to spin wildly out of control in golf, does it.

Bernd Wiesberger was in the final pairing with eventual champion Rory McIlroy at Valhalla in the 2014 PGA Championship. His three-over 74 saw the Austrian crash out of contention, though his eventual finish of tied-15th remains his best performance at a major. The 36-year-old may consider he’s got some unfinished business to address, and accordingly has today come flying out of the blocks. Birdies at 11, 13 and now 15 have elevated him to -1 for the tournament. He’s the hottest property out there this morning.

Scottie Scheffler sends his second at 1 over the back. He gets a free drop from a television tower, but undercooks his bump up the swale, and is extremely fortunate not to see his ball roll back down towards his feet. Instead, it somehow defies gravity by stopping at the top of the slope. He’s still got a tricky putt from the fringe, and he can’t make it to save his par, but he’d have taken bogey in the split second when he was watching that underhit chip make its way apologetically up the bank towards the green. Bogey isn’t ideal, but that could have been a whole lot worse. He’s +2.

Scottie Scheffler on the 18th.
Scottie Scheffler on the 18th. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

The two-time winner Brooks Koepka has been struggling badly of late, and shot a troubled 75 yesterday. But he’s never missed the cut at the PGA, and he clearly doesn’t intend doing so this week. Having played the back nine in one-under 34, he’s just sent a tramliner into the cup at 3 for another birdie. He rise to +3, which is coincidentally the current projected cut. He’ll be here for the weekend as is.

That birdie at 17 appears to have lit a fire under Jon Rahm. Or cooled him down. You can look at it either way. He’s a lot happier, let’s put it like that, and having creamed a drive down 1, he clips his second to three feet, and pops in the putt to move to +1. The US Open champion is slowly hauling himself back into the tournament.

JT misses another opportunity to join Rory in the lead. He knocks his second at 2 to 20 feet, leaving a fairly straight putt, but his birdie effort never really looks like dropping, and he stays at -4. Meanwhile, here’s Steve Buist: “By day, I’m an investigative journalist so it’s my job to ask the tough questions. It’s time to address the Tiger … err, elephant … in the room with a chicken-or-egg question (that’s a lot of animals in one sentence). Does the limping lead to the bad score, or does the bad score lead to the limping? Discuss.” Ow, tough crowd! Does the investigative journalism lead to the cynicism or does the cynicism lead to the investigative journalist?

A big stroke of luck for Aaron Wise on the par-five 13th. Hitting three from the rough down the right, he overcooks a lob wedge, and his ball’s preparing to bound a good way past the hole. But it hits the flagstick flush, and comes to rest a foot or so away. He tidies up for his second birdie of the day, the first having come at 11, and the 25-year-old from Las Vegas moves to -3. He’s joined there by Joaquin Niemann, coming the other way after visiting greenside sand at 15, and it’s about time to post a leaderboard update, isn’t it.

-5: McIlroy
-4: Thomas (10*), Hoge, Zalatoris
-3: Fitzpatrick (7*), Niemann (6*), Wise (4*), Ancer, Kuchar

Scottie Scheffler nearly drains a 30-footer on 18 for birdie. His ball stops just short. That’s nine pars in a row on the back nine, and he stays at +1. Playing partner Collin Morikawa, having sliced into the creek on the right, limits his damage to bogey and drops to +3. Meanwhile on 2, Shane Lowry can’t get close with his approach, having sent his tee shot into the rough. He races his long birdie putt miles past the cup, and can’t make the eight footer coming back. He slips to -1, and looks like a man about to descend into a full fume.

Justin Thomas sends a fairly average second into 1, failing to take advantage of the excellent drive. He nearly drains the 20-foot birdie putt, but it stubbornly stays high on the right, and he remains at -4. A great chance to grab back a share of the lead is gone. Thomas incidentally has come dressed today as a seat on the Piccadilly Line, either a homage to the design gurus of the London Underground, or Arsenal Football Club, who have been gadding around in similar gear this season.

A first birdie of the day for Jon Rahm, who isn’t out of this quite yet. After a string of pars, he rolls in a 20-footer on 17 to move to +2. That puts him above the current projected cut line … though expect that to move out a couple of shots anyway. The wise owls are suggesting the cut is likely to be +5 or +6, but time will tell.

It’s par for Thomas at 18, and he’s played the back nine in 33 strokes, like Lowry before him. He then takes to the 1st tee, and is about to pull the trigger with driver when a shadow cuts across him from above. A drone? A drone. Very strange. An over-enthusiastic camera operative, no doubt. It doesn’t put him off, though. Neither does the swirling wind, and he belts one down the track. Up on the green, Lowry makes a two-putt par to remain at -2.

The wind is whipping around Southern Hills. As a result, players are hanging on rather than making any serious tilts at the top. Lowry and Niemann are this morning’s prime movers; the only other player out there currently two under for his round is Kevin Kisner, who has just followed up birdie at 13 with another at 14. The 38-year-old from South Carolina is level par for the tournament.

Shane Lowry completes the back nine in 33 strokes. He’s going along nicely at -2 for both round and tournament. A reminder that he tied for fourth in this championship last year, and tied for third at the Masters last month. It’s on? It could be on.

Shane Lowry plays his second shot on the 18th.
Shane Lowry plays his second shot on the 18th. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Some drama on the 18th tee. Dustin Johnson (+3) sends a huge slice into the creek down the right. His playing partner Justin Thomas, spooked by the 25mph wind, sends his drive in exactly the same direction. He moans in distress, but the ball somehow skirts the bank and stays dry. Inches away from disaster; now he’ll be thinking about getting up and down for birdie.

From the centre of the 12th fairway, 121 yards to go, Joaquin Niemann really isn’t sure about the swirling wind. He steps out of the shot a couple of times, and needs his caddy to convince him to execute their plan. He’s wise to listen and grasp the nettle. He wedges to four feet, then tidies up for a par that takes him into the thick of it.

-5: McIlroy
-4: Thomas (7*), Niemann (3*), Hoge, Zalatoris
-3: Fitzpatrick (3*), Ancer, Kuchar

Thomas scrambles well at 16. Having sent his approach down a swale to the left of the green, he chips up, one bounce, stop. A tap-in to save his par and remain at -4. Meanwhile two birdies in three holes for the 2015 champion Jason Day, at 13 and 15, the latter the reward for a gorgeous approach from 170 yards to a couple of feet. The 34-year-old Aussie was pretty much ever-present at the top end of major leaderboards during the 2010s. In the last couple of years, not so much, although a tie for fourth in this championship in 2020 stands out. It’d be great to see him back competing. He’s level par for the week, so it could be happening right now.

Lucas Herbert threatened to join Rory McIlroy in the lead at one point yesterday evening. But a slightly dispiriting finish – two bogeys in the last four holes – saw him end the day with a 68. Still mighty fine, but the 25-year-old Aussie would have been dreaming of more. He continues to move in the wrong direction today, with bogey at 2. He slips back to -1.

Matt Fitzpatrick still hasn’t won in America, but now would be a good time to start. He follows a brilliant, battling 68 yesterday with birdie at 11 this morning. He rises to -3, where he’s joined by Joaquin Niemann, another young player who wouldn’t be flattered at all were he to lift the Wanamaker Trophy this week. An opening birdie at 10 for the 23-year-old Chilean.

-5: McIlroy
-4: Thomas (6*), Hoge, Zalatoris
-3: Fitzpatrick (2*), Niemann (1), Ancer, Kuchar

The world number one Scottie Scheffler hasn’t really got going so far this week, his frustration evident last night when he started repeatedly battering his bag with his driver upon finding water on 18. He ended up with a one-over 71 that could have been a lot worse. There’s no great change today. He starts with four pars in a row, the latest a slightly disappointing one at the par-five 13th, any chance of birdie gone after spending an age moving pebbles in a bunker under a referee’s supervision only to take far too much of the ball with his chip out. The Masters champion remains +1.

Having reached the summit, Justin Thomas immediately topples back off it. He dunks his tee shot at the par-three 14th into a bunker at the front, and can’t get his splash out over the ridge running across the green. He leaves himself a tricky uphill curler for par that he can’t make. Back into a tie for second he goes.

-5: McIlroy
-4: Thomas (5*), Hoge, Zalatoris

Justin Thomas plays his shot from the 11th.
Justin Thomas plays his shot from the 11th. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

KH Lee is a man in form. Last week, the 30-year-old South Korean became only the fourth man in history to successfully defend the Byron Nelson. That’s no mean feat, given the other three are Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson! He’s got an utterly dreadful record in major championships, though: five appearances, five cuts missed. He’s looking good to break that sorry run this week, though. A 69 yesterday, and a 30-yard rake for birdie at 6 moves him to -2 overall.

The par-five 13th was the easiest hole on the golf course yesterday, averaging 4.84 shots and giving up 42 birdies. No great surprise, then, that Justin Thomas has just picked up his second birdie of the day on the hole. He looks in the mood to post something to give Rory McIlroy pause for thought this afternoon … and has already joined him at the top of the leaderboard!

-5: Thomas (4*), McIlroy
-4: Hoge, Zalatoris
-3: Ancer, Kuchar
-2: Lowry (5*), Lee (6), Gooch (7), Riley, Na, Smith, Schauffele, Pereira, Kirk, Niemann, Herbert, Fitzpatrick

Back-to-back birdies for Shane Lowry! This one comes at the par-three 14th, reward for knocking his tee shot to eight feet. He’s -2, and on Sky Sports, Dame Laura Davies points out that Lowry won’t be at all fazed by these conditions, having grown up playing in the occasional breeze in Ireland. The wind is picking up.

Anirban Lahiri – who led this year’s Players after three rounds and ended the week one shot and one place behind the winner Cam Smith – became a father last weekend. High on life, the 30-year-old from India has just sent his tee shot at the 214-year par-three 6th straight at the flag. One bounce and it’s … well, not in, but teetering on the edge of the hole. So close to a hole-in-one to wet the baby’s head! He’ll move to +4 and everything helps when you’re trying to survive the cut.

Shane Lowry wasn’t the happiest yesterday evening, effing and jeffing as he needlessly whistled a shot into water on the par-five 13th. He still scrambled his par, though, and ended up signing for a level-par 70. Now the same hole has given something back: birdie that brings the 2019 Open champion into red figures. He’s -1.

Local lad Talor Gooch won his first PGA Tour event earlier this season, at the RSM Classic. The 30-year-old Okie is also finding his feet in the majors, having survived the cut at last year’s PGA and Open, and tied for 14th at the Masters last month. He shot a very respectable 69 yesterday evening, and is following it up this morning, making birdie at the monster par-five 5th (660 yards today) and moving up to -2.

Talor Gooch plays from the fairway on the 4th during yesterdays’ opening round at Southern Hills.
Talor Gooch plays from the fairway on the 4th during yesterdays’ opening round at Southern Hills. Photograph: Tannen Maury/EPA

Speaking of movers and shakers (which we were, sort of) there’s been some early action at the top of the leaderboard. The 2017 champion Justin Thomas played the back nine in 32 strokes last night, so has already proved he can do this in difficult conditions. He’s flown out of the traps this morning, sticking his second at 10 to six feet and making the birdie. He’s now just one off Rory McIlroy’s lead.

-5: McIlroy
-4: Thomas (3*), Hoge, Zalatoris
-3: Ancer, Kuchar

The wind has prompted the PGA into action. They haven’t sent their mowers over the greens today, for fear of gusts moving balls and making putting a lottery. This is usually more of a problem at the Open – if memory served the wind caused havoc on the greens at Sandwich in 2011 and St Andrews in 2015 – but here we all are. By way of further illustration, the official Twitter feed posted this:

Weather report

As forecast, it’s going to be a tempestuous 24 hours in Tulsa. This morning will see the field battered by gusts of up to 40 mph, with consistent winds of 20 to 25 mph. Come the afternoon, the second wave of starters will be pleased to feel the wind drop – an average of ten to 15 mph with gusts no higher than 20 mph – but they will have to deal with cooler temperatures, showers, and possibly even thunderstorms. Will everyone get round today? It’s by no means certain, with “severe” storms expected during the evening, featuring more strong winds, hail and heavy rain. Buckle up!

Preamble

A long day awaits us as the players jostle into position ahead of tomorrow’s Moving Day. Hustle Friday? Needs some work, but nice Van McCoy earworm. Anyway, high winds, plus the Damoclesian threat of the cut, means this one could stretch out. A lot of drama, glee, excitement and heartache awaits us. Here’s how the top of the leaderboard looks after the first round …

-5: McIlroy
-4: Hoge, Zalatoris
-3: Ancer, Kuchar, Thomas
-2: Riley, Na, Smith, Schauffele, Pereira, Kirk, Niemann, Herbert, Fitzpatrick
-1: Hossler, Reed, Pieters, Cink, Finau, Burmester, Wise, Kizzire, Simpson, Lee, Gooch
E: Steele, Molinari, Woodland, Fox, Hovland, Hatton, Homa, MacIntyre, Noren, Henley, Lowry

… and here’s when everyone takes to the course. It’s on!

Starting at hole 1
13:00 Brandon Bingaman, Talor Gooch, Ryosuke Kinoshita (Jpn)
13:11 Tim Feenstra, Anirban Lahiri (Ind), Kyoung-Hoon Lee (Kor)
13:22 Rich Beem, Alex Cejka (Ger), Jesse Mueller
13:33 Seamus Power (Irl), Russell Knox (Sco), Scott Stallings
13:44 Christiaan Bezuidenhout (Rsa), Corey Conners (Can), Jason Kokrak
13:55 Keegan Bradley, Martin Kaymer (Ger), Marc Leishman (Aus)
14:06 Cameron Champ, Russell Henley, Zach Johnson
14:17 Branden Grace (Rsa), Webb Simpson, Henrik Stenson (Swe)
14:28 J. J. Spaun, Sepp Straka (Aut), Adam Schenk
14:39 Joo-Hyung Kim (Kor), Keith Mitchell, Matthew Wolff
14:50 Lucas Herbert (Aus), Austin Hurt, Chad Ramey
15:01 Tyler Collet, Chan Kim, Maverick McNealy
15:12 Paul Dickinson, Patton Kizzire, Luke List,
18:30 Robert MacIntyre (Sco), Alexander Noren (Swe), Ryan Palmer
18:41 Adria Arnaus (Spa), Colin Inglis, Jinichiro Kozuma (Jpn)
18:52 Michael Block, Mackenzie Hughes (Can), Sadom Kaewkanjana (Tha)
19:03 Tony Finau, Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn), Xander Schauffele
19:14 Denny McCarthy, Tyrrell Hatton (Eng), Max Homa
19:25 Viktor Hovland (Nor), Cameron Smith (Aus), Will Zalatoris
19:36 Rory McIlroy (NIrl), Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods
19:47 Patrick Reed, Justin Rose (Eng), Bubba Watson
19:58 Lucas Glover, Kevin Na, Daniel van Tonder (Rsa)
20:09 Sam Burns, Davis Riley, Cameron Young
20:20 Francesco Molinari (Ita), Lee Westwood (Eng), Gary Woodland
20:31 Oliver Bekker (Rsa), Brian Harman, Ryan Vermeer
20:42 Laurie Canter (Eng), Lanto Griffin, Dylan Newman

Starting at hole 10
13:05 Ryan Brehm, Min-Woo Lee (Aus), Wyatt Worthington II
13:16 Justin Harding (Rsa), Nicolai Hoejgaard (Den), Sean McCarty
13:27 Adam Hadwin (Can), Hudson Swafford, Cameron Tringale
13:38 Brooks Koepka, Shane Lowry (Irl), Adam Scott (Aus)
13:49 Patrick Cantlay, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas
14:00 Jason Day (Aus), Rickie Fowler, Harold Varner III
14:11 Collin Morikawa, Jon Rahm (Spa), Scottie Scheffler
14:22 Daniel Berger, Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa), Ian Poulter (Eng)
14:33 Tommy Fleetwood (Eng), Billy Horschel, Kevin Kisner
14:44 Matthew Fitzpatrick (Eng), Sergio Garcia (Spa), Charl Schwartzel (Rsa)
14:55 Harry Higgs, Joaquin Niemann (Chi), Erik van Rooyen (Rsa)
15:06 Alex Beach, Jhonattan Vegas (Ven), Bernd Wiesberger (Aut)
15:17 Jared Jones, Aaron Wise, Joel Dahmen
18:25 John Daly, Shaun Micheel, Yong-Eun Yang (Kor)
18:36 Matthew Borchert, Takumi Kanaya (Jpn), Troy Merritt
18:47 Dean Burmester (Rsa), Chris Kirk, Kyle Mendoza
18:58 Sam Horsfield (Eng), Nic Ishee, Guillermo Mito Pereira (Chi)
19:09 Shaun Norris (Rsa), Carlos Ortiz (Mex), Kevin Streelman
19:20 Cameron Davis (Aus), Rikuya Hoshino (Jpn), Matt Kuchar
19:31 Stewart Cink, Jason Dufner, Padraig Harrington (Irl)
19:42 Abraham Ancer (Mex), Thomas Pieters (Bel), Kramer Hickok
19:53 Richard Bland (Eng), Garrick Higgo (Rsa), Matt Jones (Aus)
20:04 Tom Hoge, Si Woo Kim (Kor), Beau Hossler
20:15 Ryan Fox (Nzl), Pablo Larrazabal (Spa), Shawn Warren
20:26 Yuki Inamori (Jpn), Sebastian Munoz (Col), Zac Oakley
20:37 Bio Kim (Kor), Casey Pyne, Brendan Steele



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