World number one Jason Day is three shots behind after round one of the PGA Championships at Baltusrol Golf Club in New Jersey.
Day shot a 68 to finish his round at two under, behind American Jimmy Walker who hit a 65 and leads at five under.
The defending champion finished the day well, but his putting let him down on a number of occasions. The 28-year-old missed six putts from within 11 feet, stopping him from taking a stranglehold on the tournament after round one.
“I haven’t had the greatest putting display over the last three weeks that I’ve played. I think that shows a little bit in the results,” Day said on his performance. “I just didn’t capitalise on the opportunities I had out there.”
The Queenslander only had one day of practice on the course after a fragmented preparation with illness and his wife being hospitalised after suffering an allergic reaction on Tuesday.
“I’ve got to do a little bit of putting to try to straighten out a few of the little ones. Try to change that focus from standing over the ball and thinking about what am I doing rather than get in there and try to hole the putt,” Day said.
Aussies John Senden and Scott Hend also finished at 2-under. Senden is playing in his first major of the year and aiming to beat his T4 best from the 2007 PGA Tour. Hend scored three birdies in a row late in the round to equal Day’s score. – Jarvis Small.
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