Never so well in 11 years of Major: Rory McIlroy starts very strong at the PGA Championship 2022. The Northern Irishman leads with -5 in Southern Hills (par 70), interrupting the black series that sees him start badly in the races valid for the Grand Slam .
Already two-time champion of the PGA Championship (in 2012 and 2014), the 33-year-old Northern Irishman (without Major since 2014) finished with an advantage over Americans Tom Hoge and Will Zalatoris. Two more Americans (Kuchar and Thomas) and the Mexican Ancer were separated by two shots.
In the dream team of the first day for McIlroy the four consecutive birdies from 12 to 15 were decisive. Things went less well for his playmates, namely Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth. The former got off to a good start (two birdies in the first five holes) but gave way in the final round, scoring four bogeys in the last ten holes for a total of 74 strokes.
From 2015 to today it is his worst start in this stage of the Grand Slam. “My leg is not as good as I would like, it hurts as well as walking for a long time. It has been a frustrating day and I have to try to improve myself in the second lap, "commented Woods who is now in danger of being cut.
Jordan Spieth, on the hunt for the only Major ever won, shot 72 shots. (56th position). Good start for Francesco Molinari who finished in par after three birdies and three bogeys, the last one on hole 18. False start for Scottie Scheffler.
The world number 1, winner of four tournaments in 2022 (including The Masters), is 38th with 71 (+1). The Spaniard Jon Rahm disappoints, only 78th with 73 (+3). The only ones to really keep up are the Americans Tom Hoge and Will Zalatoris, both at -4.
The Californian has some regrets above all, who could have also finished in the lead without the bogey at 18 which makes all the difference in the world, at least as regards the opening lap of what has been for years now second Major of the season.