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Round 1 Recap: Dustin Johnson struggles, Jimmy Walker sets pace on Day 1

When the 98th PGA Championship came on the air at 1:00 PM EST, scores were low and Phil Mickelson and his group were finishing up. At this point, Jimmy Walker was working on a solid showing in round one and leading the tournament by one shot over Emiliano Grillo.

At twenty-five minutes past the hour, one of the featured groups of the afternoon teed off: Bubba Watson, Sergio Garcia, and Jordan Spieth; and the previous major winners of the year teeing off twenty minutes after them: Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson, and Danny Willett.

Walker ended up setting the pace for the morning flights, finishing his round at -5 (65). He was followed up by Grillo and Ross Fisher, both at -4. Harris English finished his day at -3. Rory finished his opening round at +4; he carded no birdies, leaving him nine shots back of Walker. Defending champion Jason Day and fan favorite Rickie Fowler, finished their days respectably at -2. Phil finished at +1.

The afternoon groups were paced by Marin Kaymer with a 66. Watson (+1), Spieth (E) and D. Johnson (+7) all struggled from tee to green, with Watson and Spieth clawing back close to even par by the end of their rounds. Henrik Stenson followed up his Open Championship by shooting a 67, two off the lead after day one.

Some guys did just about everything they could to score on day one, and sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. Check out these putts by John Senden and Bubba Watson:

For the following three rounds, there will be a premium on driving accuracy and the ability to navigate the larger greens at Baltusrol. The champion this week will be focusing on hitting fairways and greens, keeping their ball in play, and scoring low. The next three days will provide endless entertainment for golf fans and players as they try to secure the final major of the year, their last shot at glory for 2016.

Tomorrow you can catch all the action from Baltusrol on TNT at 1:00 PM EST

LEADERBOARD

PLAYER RD 1 RD 2 RD 3 RD 4 TOTAL
J. Walker -5 65
E. Grillo -4 66
R. Fisher -4 66
M. Kaymer -4 66
H. English -3 67
J. Hahn -3 67
A. Sullivan -3 67
H. Stenson -3 67
K.J. Choi -2 68
D. Lingmerth -2 68

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