Jason Day, the 2015 PGA winner, shot a five-under 65 to take the first position, his first bogey-free round at a major following the third round of the 2017 British Open.
Golf players in the very first major championship of 2020 needed no introduction. Primarily as there was not even a single spectator to applaud for them.
But those formalities happened anyway for the opening round Thursday of the PGA Championship, one of its kind with no viewers. As players walked to the tee on No. 1, a “Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome … ,” perforated the strange silence of a misty morning at Harding Park.
“Hearing Tiger Woods introduced without anybody saying anything has probably only happened once, and that was today,” stated John Bridgeman, a PGA board member who introduced on the first tee, but was within the range of Woods being presented on No. 10.
The group that included both Woods and Rory McIlroy, one that would captivate the attention of thousands of fans at a conventional major championship, on the contrary, was followed by roughly 100 people, which basically included reporters and TV staff members.
Ireland’s Shane Lowry, winner of the latest major before this- the British Open last summer stated “I said to the lads walking down the first, `We wouldn’t have had the ideal group, the ideal tee time, two groups ahead of Tiger,’” He further added: “Around here, it would have been a bit different. The crowds would have been huge and moving an awful lot. It would have been tricky. “It’s different, but we’re in strange times in our lives.”
The 2015 PGA winner- Jason Day, shot a five-under 65 to take the early lead, his first bogey-free round at a major following the third round of the 2017 British Open. Over time the sun broke through in the afternoon, setting up postcard views, Brendon Todd equaled Day at five under. Todd’s better end in a major was a tie for 12th in the 2015 British Open.
Ambushing by just one stroke behind Day and Todd is a group that involves Martin Kaymer, Brooks Koepka, and Zach Johnson each of whom has triumphed in various majors.