ANDhe second 'major' of the season, the PGA Championshiphas started with a Rory McIlroy pletrico (65 strokes, -5), who seeks to win a big one again
ANDhe second ‘major’ of the season, the PGA Championshiphas started with a Rory McIlroy pletrico (65 strokes, -5), who seeks to win a big one again -his fifth- eight years later, and in which the Spanish still do not appear for the first positions. The best Spanish was adri arnauswhich threw 72; Sergio Garcia did 73, like Jon Rahmwhile Paul Larrazbal signed 77 hits. The number one in the world, scottie schefflermaterialized 71 hits, despite his outstanding start with an eagle on hole 5.
At the top of the ranking appears Will Zalatoris (66), who seeks his consecration. Perhaps the presence of Tom Hoge (66) in second place was surprising, but it should be remembered that this year he won at Pebble Beach. It is not surprising to see Matt Kuchar (67) up front, who is having a good time, and whose short game is making his way back into a PGA. What is certain is that the morning shift players clearly benefitedwith justin thomas (67) as one of the winners of the afternoon.
special mention for Tiger Woods, who acknowledged that he ended up “frustrated”. He fell apart on the second nine holes of his round, with five bogeys and one obvious fatigue. The limp continues to accompany him and unfortunately for the Tiger, the pain “is constant”. His leg did not respond to the winner of 15 major as he thought, as he admitted.
As far as Rahm it means, he played much better than his card recorded at clubhouse. The Basque continues in his line, well from tee to green, but that was not enough to be on top. If you don’t fit the inch with the irons, Southern Hills makes you pay. The Basque’s Achilles heel this year, the putt, could have given some more joy to the number two in the world. He brushed the birdie repeatedly, although it is true that they were not always easy positions to put.
Rahm showed that he is at a good level, very precise especially in the drivebut to climb you will have to leave the ball closer to the flag, a very complicated task on a course with so many platform greens, surrounded by bunkers that are bathed in sand that makes it more difficult than normal to take shots, even for specialists. Hole 13 staged the abuse that the greens of Southern Hills can cause. Jon’s manual exit and a second shot that, although it went to the green, was very far from the flag. A putt with a very good line, but too strong. Result, a bogey.
Sergio Garcia, who this course has found greater regularity, suffered at specific moments that tarnished his return. Unfortunately, early in the round, on hole 2, he sent his ball into the lake behind the green on his second shot and got tangled after dropping. However, the one from Borriol recovered with two consecutive birdies. The winner of the Masters 2017 he measured his shots well in difficult wind conditions, although in the final section (holes 16, 17 and 18) the par of the course escaped him. On the 18th he bogeyed when par had him called.
The case of John Daly
Early in the day one of the attractions was the veteran John Daly, who scored a magnificent 72 shots at the age of 56. Again he was authorized, as in 2019, to be able to use a buggy, in which he carried a large McDonald’s soft drink. The funny thing is that his caddy had no choice but to go on footso on the tee he gave the winner of two ‘major’ the club with which to execute the shot and escaped as soon as he could.