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Steve Stricker Leads with a 63 and a Complete Day One Recap of the PGA Championship

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Day one of the PGA Championship is in the books with American Steve Stricker sitting in sole possession of first place at 7-under par on the leaderboard. Stricker could have had an even more impressive first round score, but missed a 10-foot birdie putt on his final hole of round one, failing to become the first player to shoot a 62 in a major championship.

“I realized it was for 62 but didn’t realize it was for history,” Stricker said. “I hit a good putt. It just didn’t go in. All in all, a good day.”

Jerry Kelly is the closet to Strikcer as he finished his opening round at 5-under. Shaun Michael ended at 4-under par with Scott Verplank hot on his tail at 3-under par, and there are 8- players knotted up at 2-under par.

For Tiger Woods, what began as a promising start turned into an immense disappointment as he made three double bogeys at the Atlanta Athletic Club on his way to an opening round score of 77. It was among one of the worst performances for the 14 time major winner and will have to put together a strong second round to make the cut.

Beyond Stricker and Woods, there was Rory McIlroy banging his hand on an ill-advised shot off a tree root, Ryo Ishikawa spending a tone of time in the water and two patched-up greens caused by mowers gone wild.

For a full recap of day one click here.

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