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Spieth, chasing the career grand slam, finishes strong to open PGA Championship

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Elias Hubbard | 11 August, 2017, 00:41

Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen capped off his day with a 27-foot putt to take a one-stroke lead at the PGA Championship.

Jordan Spieth's quest to become the youngest ever to complete the career grand slam is far from over, but he has some work to do.

"I felt bad about it", Koepka said, although he had not shouted the traditional warning of "fore" following his drive. "I putted very nice".

Denmark's Olesen, who won the golf World Cup in Melbourne previous year, set the pace early with an impressive 67.

Spieth, wearing a green horizontal striped shirt and dark blue pants, tipped his cap to polite applause after descending the bridge from the practice green. "On the green was the problem".

The 29-year-old Day leads the Australian charge on day one, with Adam Scott a shot back at even-par through 11 holes. He has again peaked at the right time, he said. "Saying that, there's a good chunk of events that I could play well in here and do quite well coming home". "It just comes down to preparation".

Johnston has already said that he's headed back to Europe after this season.

"The disappointing thing was we got put on the clock when we were a hole ahead of the group behind us and that's when my round started to go", Lowry RTÉ Sport.

The final three holes at Quail Hollow measure 1,223 yards in total and have developed a reputation as one of the toughest closing stretches in golf.

Olesen, 27, seeks his first major title. But he is fighting to keep the excitement and pressure well managed. Spieth answered with birdies from three feet at the par-5 seventh and inches from the cup at the par-4 eighth. Some were good putts and some weren't.

Murray, a home-state hopeful who struck the opening shot at the year's last major tournament, birdied 3 of the last 6 holes. If you told me I was going to hit my driver the way that I did today, I would have definitely thought I shot a few under par. "You can't miss the fairways".

While a T27 finish at The 146 Open Championship followed by a T24 at the WGC - Bridgestone Invitational indicate an upward trend, Day says there a still certain aspects of his game he needs to improve to return to winning form, starting with his short game. "It's challenging tee to green but on the greens it's very hard and very fast".

Rory McIlroy, a two-time victor at Quail Hollow, and defending champion Jimmy Walker are among those who start in the afternoon half of the draw.

With Quail Hollow recently installing a new breed of Bermuda grass on all 18 greens, Day was satisfied with his round on lightning-quick putting surfaces.

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