Thursday, August 9, 2012

PGA Championship Wrap-Up -- Day One

So this is Glory's Last Chance. This year, Glory's Last Chance will take place at the Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, South Carolina. I think this is the first time the Ocean Course has hosted a major tournament. Older Americans will remember this course as the site for the 1991 Ryder Cup, which was the first Ryder Cup to be treated as a huge deal by American television, and one of the most dramatic Ryder Cups ever played.

If you do remember the 1991 Ryder Cup, you will recall that the players really struggled in the winds that buffeted the course on the last day. But today, the winds did not blow, and players took advantage of favorable scoring conditions. The most interesting name on the leaderboard is Rory McElroy, who could re-assert his claim to be the future of golf with another major victory. Tiger does not appear in the list below, but he is only two shots behind McIlroy and only three shots off the lead.

We'll know a lot more about this tournament after tomorrow, as the crowd at the top will shake itself out somewhat. But for now, we have some big names near the lead on a very intriguing course. That's a good start for the PGA:

1. C. Pettersen (SWE): -6 (66)

T2. G. Fernandez-Castano (ESP): -5 (67)
T2. A. Noren (SWE): -5 (67)
T2. G. Woodland: -5 (67)
T2. R. McIlroy (NIR): -5 (67)

T6. A. Baddeley (AUS): -4 (68)
T6. A. Scott (AUS): -4 (68)
T6. S. Piercy: -4 (68)
T6. G. McDowell (NIR): -4 (68)
T6. G. Ogilvy (AUS): -4 (68)
T6. J. Daly: -4 (68)
T6. K. Bradley: -4 (68)
T6. J. Luiten (NED): -4 (68)

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