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Stephan Jaeger set a Web.com Tour scoring record with a 12-under-par 29-29=58 in the first round of the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae to claim a four-stroke lead.

The glass ceiling is shattered! Jaeger circled 12 birdies and settled for six pars on his lap around TPC Stonebrae, which began on the back nine. As one would expect, the ball-striking was very good. He split 12 of 13 fairways and landed 15 GIR. The putter rolled to the tune of a 1.33 putting average. Currently 102nd on the Web.com Tour money list, he needs to finish this off. A win would place him just inside the top 25 at week's end.
Jul 28 - 10:23 PM

Louis Oosthuizen twirled a 2-under-par 34-34=68 during the opening round of the 98th PGA Championship, positioning himself three strokes off the early lead set by Jimmy Walker.

The South African found just five (of 14) fairways in round one but recovered nicely to land 15 greens in regulation. Oosthuizen swallowed a pair of early bogeys at Nos. 1 and 3, but rebounded nicely with a 31-footer for birdie at the par-4 sixth and a near-ace at the par-3 ninth. At that ninth hole, his 199-yard tee ball landed just three inches from the cup for a tap-in birdie. It would have been his third hole-in-one in a major this season (No. 16 at the Masters and No. 14 at The Open). The 33-year-old has finished top 30 in each of his last three trips to the PGA Championship, and he's off to another good start this week in Springfield, New Jersey.
Jul 28 - 7:15 PM

In his first competitive round since winning the Open Championship with a stunning 63, Henrik Stenson hung up a 3-under-par 34-33=67 in his opener at the 98th PGA Championship.

That's good enough for T5 on the liveboard and means the Swede is lurking just two shots behind first-round pacesetter Jimmy Walker. A tap-in birdie at No. 2 got him under par early although he handed that shot back at the next. He also wiped out a birdie at 6 with a bogey at 9 after missing from just 3 feet but there were no more errors after that and he cashed in on some fine iron play (15 greens in regulation) with birdies at 12, 15 and 18. Stenson split 9 (of 14) fairways on Thursday and his afternoon lap of the Lower Course at Baltusrol was only bettered by Martin Kaymer. He'll now have the chance to go out early on Friday and put himself in position to make a big bid for a second straight major.
Jul 28 - 6:53 PM

With a walk-off birdie at No. 9, John Senden completed a 2-under-par 33-35=68 in round one of the 98th PGA Championship at Baltusrol in New Jersey, three shots behind leader Jimmy Walker.

Despite hitting just 4 (of 14) fairways, Senden matched the scores of fellow Aussies Jason Day and Scott Hend via four birdies against two bogeys on the Lower Course today. His first circle came at No. 11 after stuffing his approach to inside five feet and he picked off two more at 16 and 18 to turn in 33. The 45-year-old wobbled with bogeys at 5 and 7 after loose drives but drained a 15'8" putt at his final hole to climb inside the top 10. He found just 10 greens in regulation so had to lean heavily on his short game to produce a score like this.
Jul 28 - 6:25 PM

Vaughn Taylor kicked off his week at the 98th PGA Championship with a 2-under-par 34-34=68, positioning himself three strokes shy of Jimmy Walker at the top.

Taylor opened his round with nine straight pars and then missed a 3'4" par-saving attempt at the 10th. It looked like his round might take a turn for the worse there, but he responded with four birdies over his last six holes. It was largely due to the flat stick catching fire as he splashed in three putts from outside nine feet and holed one from the fringe at the par-4 14th (16'11"). Today's round was set up nicely by great play off the tee, missing just three fairways on the day. Taylor has never fared well in this event, entering with a 1-for-5 record, with the lone cut made being a T28 back in 2005. Currently T8 on the live leaderboard, he has a great chance to improve upon that disappointing PGA Championship record.
Jul 28 - 6:23 PM

Martin Kaymer is just a shot behind first-round leader Jimmy Walker after signing for a 4-under-par 33-33=66 in his opener at the 98th PGA Championship.

That's by far the best score of the afternoon wave at Baltusrol today and leaves the 2010 PGA champion in T2 alongside morning starters Emiliano Grillo and Ross Fisher. Kaymer circled five birdies and a single bogey in round one after starting from the 10th hole. He launched his move up the leaderboard with a 10'5" conversion at 15 and then added circles on the par 5s at 17 and 18. His only dropped shot came at No. 2 but he nailed birdies either side and closed with six pars after sand saves at 8 and 9. The two-time major winner split 7 (of 14) fairways on the Lower Course today and hit 13 greens in regulation.
Jul 28 - 6:07 PM

Robert Streb styled a bogey-free, 2-under-par 33-35=68 to open his week at the 98th PGA Championship, three strokes shy of the early pacesetter Jimmy Walker.

The Kansas State product found just five (of 14) fairways but still manufactured 13 greens in regulation. Other than a 17'10" par-saver at the opening par-4 first, it was really a stress-free round for Streb. The 29-year-old circled his first birdie at the par-3 ninth, coming as a result of a lengthy 20'10" putt. His second of the day came at the par-4 11th where he stuck his 171-yard approach to 2'2" for a tap-in bird. While Streb didn't circle the most birdies during his opening round, he can take credit for one of just two bogey-free rounds on day one (Russell Henley).
Jul 28 - 6:01 PM

Russell Henley posted a bogey-free, 2-under-par 34-34=68 in his opening round at the 98th PGA Championship, good enough for a place inside the top 10.

The American's impressive afternoon lap of Baltusrol puts him just three swings behind pacesetter Jimmy Walker and T8 on the live leaderboard with the afternoon wave starting to finish off. Henley piped 8 (of 14) fairways but was able to hit 15 greens in regulation. The 27-year-old, who was T12 at Whistling Straits in this tournament last year, boarded the par train with a two-putt 4 at the opening hole and stayed on it for the first 15 holes. He finally snapped the sequence with a 3'1" putt at 16 and added another circle with a 19'5" conversion at 17. Henley missed from inside 5 feet at 18 for a walk-off birdie and slapped his putter in frustration but, once the anger has abated, he should be more than pleased with his day's work.
Jul 28 - 5:54 PM

Fresh off a win at the RBC Canadian Open, Jhonattan Vegas kept his foot on the gas with a 2-under-par 34-34=68 during round one of the 98th PGA Championship.

Vegas found just six fairways today but still managed 13 greens in regulation. He opened on the back nine and went to work with the flat stick, splashing home three putts from 11-to-18 feet over his first seven holes. From there, the putter cooled down as he made just one putt from outside five feet on his inward nine and also missed a 3'4" par-saving attempt on the eighth hole. The 31-year-old is making just his third career start in a major championship this week with a T51 at the 2011 PGA Championship going as best finish. At 2-under 68 he currently sits at T8 on the live leaderboard.
Jul 28 - 5:46 PM

Making his first start in a month, Brooks Koepka opened with a 2-under-par 34-34=68 during round one of the 98th PGA Championship, placing him three strokes back of Jimmy Walker's early lead.

Battling through an ankle injury that's forced him out since round one of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Koepka split eight (of 14) fairways and landed 13 greens in regulation today. Not being able to play full rounds during rehab, it looks like he kept his putter tidy instead, as he splashed home four putts from outside 10 feet today including a 21'8" birdie bomb at the par-4 second. The highlight of the round came two holes prior when he stuck his 218-yard approach to 3'7" for a tap-in eagle at the par-5 18th. This is a great sign for gamers worried about the ankle, however he's not out of the woods yet, as we need to see a full week of action to see how the ankle responds to four consecutive rounds of golf.
Jul 28 - 5:13 PM

Scott Hend steadied a 2-under-par 33-35=68 during the opening round of the 98th PGA Championship, three strokes off the early pacesetter Jimmy Walker.

The Aussie split seven (of 14) fairways en route to 13 greens in regulation. From there he splashed home just two putts from outside eight feet, and also missed a 4'5" par-saver at the 11th. The real weapon today was his approach play, including a 129-yard wedge at the par-4 15th that he stuck to five inches for a tap-in birdie. Hend is making his debut at the PGA Championship this week and seventh career start in a major championship, with his previous best being a T32 at the 2006 U.S. Open.
Jul 28 - 4:29 PM

David Lingmerth kicked off his week at the 98th PGA Championship with a 2-under-par 34-34=68, placing him three off the early pace set by Jimmy Walker.

The Swede didn't have his best stuff approaching the green but he was a magician around the greens today. Despite landing just eight greens in regulation, he swallowed just two bogeys. It all started with a 36'11" hole out from just off the green to secure his first birdie of the day at the par-4 third hole. After that, he converted three putts from outside 10 feet before the round was through. Lingmerth finished T12 at last year's PGA, held at Whistling Straits, and is off to another good start this week in Springfield, New Jersey.
Jul 28 - 3:52 PM

World No. 1 Jason Day coasted to an opening-round 2-under-par 33-35=68 to sit three strokes off the early lead at this week's PGA Championship.

The Aussie entered the week with limited prep at the course, which led to a more conservative approach today. That style paid off as he splashed 17 greens in regulation. On the down side he did not leave himself many great birdie looks and he missed a few of those golden opportunities that we're not used to seeing him miss over the past 12 months. Day missed three putts from inside seven feet today, but also splashed home a 10'4" birdie at the fourth hole and 15'5" birdie at the 11th. With one practice round and one official round now under his belt at Baltusrol Golf Club, perhaps he will start to figure out the green complexes over the final three rounds this week. Despite a less-than-stellar putting performance, the defending champion is T8 on the live leaderboard with play still in progress.
Jul 28 - 3:29 PM

Ross Fisher rocketed up the leaderboard of the 98th PGA Championship following a 4-under-par 32-34=66 during the opening round.

The Englishman was clicking on all cylinders, tee-to-green, but struggled to find his putting stroke early on. After missing a 5'10" birdie attempt at the first, he also whiffed on a 4'2" par-saving attempt at the third. He didn't let that ruin his round, as great ball-striking (16 GIR) led to plenty of chances for redemption. That's exactly what he did, splashing home five birdies from outside nine feet including a 23'3" bomb at the par-4 second hole. The 35-year-old is making his seventh start at the PGA Championship, with just one finish inside the top 40 on his resume. If Fisher can continue to splash greens at an 89 percent clip then he'll easily add a second top 40 to that CV.
Jul 28 - 2:13 PM

Andy Sullivan scorched Baltusrol Golf Club's Lower Course with a 3-under-par 31-36=67 during round one of the 98th PGA Championship.

The Englishman opened on the back nine and struggled to score early on, trading a bogey and birdie to make the turn at even-par 36. From there he swallowed one more bogey but circled four birdies to offset the square. Most notable was a 32'11" hole out from just off the green at the par-4 seventh hole. That came on the heels of a 27'10" birdie bomb at the sixth. The recipe for success all started off the tee today, splitting 11 (of 14) fairways en route to 15 greens in regulation. With six straight top 25s worldwide entering the week, Sullivan continues to ride the wave of good form.
Jul 28 - 2:05 PM



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