If the second round of the 104th PGA Championship is any near as good as the first, spectators will be in for a treat. Rory McIlroy commands the solo lead at Southern Hills after carding a 5-under 65 in the early hours of Thursday. Playing alongside Jordan Spieth and Tiger Woods, the trio’s crowd could best be described as a circus.While McIlroy adequately handled the conditions and atmosphere, both Spieth and Woods lagged behind. Spieth signed for a 2-over 72 and Woods a 4-over 74. With their playing competitor hoping to widen his margin at the top of the leaderboard, the Americans will simply be hoping to make it through to the weekend when they tee off at 2:36 p.m. ET.Many of those attempting to chase down McIlroy are featured Friday afternoon as they were treated to the calmer conditions in Round 1. There are notable names including Cameron Smith, Tony Finau and Xander Schauffele, but Will Zalatoris looks to be a man possessed this weekA winner at Southern Hills at the 2014 Trans-Mississippi Amateur, Zalatoris’ putter came to his aid on Thursday en route to a 4-under 66. If that club continues to cooperate, the Wake Forest product should add to his stellar major championship résumé which already boasts four top-10 finishes in only seven starts.There are a number of star-studded groups, particularly Friday afternoon, but with the potential for thunderstorms, they may be taken on and off the golf course. The morning wave should feature no interruptions which means neither will your viewing experience. Below are a few of the favorites set to tee off early in Rounduhhhh what. Gotta treat the fans better than that!” the 29-year-old said.When one twitter user challenged Thomas as to where he thought the large winner’s prize pot came from, Thomas humorously: “Tv deals, ticket sales, corporate sponsors, etc. from the looks of it if the concession stands were factored into our purse we would be playing for $15 million.”In his pre-tournament press conference, Thomas was asked about the prices, and he once again expressed his surprise and disappointment. He said it was something that had been commented on in the changing room among his fellow players.
I just saw it and I was blown away,” he said. “It’s just a bummer. You want people to come to the tournament. If I’m on the fence and I’m looking at the concession stand, that’s not the greatest thing. But at the same time, people aren’t like coming to a tournament, like: ‘Oh, I’m going to go buy a Michelob Ultra,’ you know what I mean.””I was just blown away because I’ve never seen a beer $18 or $19 in my life,” he said. “Guys have been talking about it, so I had to stand up for the fans. Felt like it was right.”Woods made five bogeys in his final nine holes of the first round and he’ll have to battle to make the 36-hole cut on Friday.TULSA, Okla. – His right leg clearly bothering him as he finished the round, Tiger Woods saw a strong start at Southern Hills on Thursday negated by five bogeys over his final nine holes to shoot an opening-round 74 at the PGA Championship.Playing alongside top-10 players Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, Woods acknowledged that he was in pain afterward.My leg is not feeling as good as I would like it to be,’’ said Woods, who is playing in his second tournament this year We’ll start the recovery process and get after it tomorrow.’’Woods is nine shots behind McIlroy, who leads after a 5-under-par 65, and is tied for 99th.A surprise competitor at the Masters followingthat saw him hospitalir weeks and unable to walk unaided for months, Woods showed plenty of promise that week but also plenty of rust.He took some time to recover afterward, and then began the process of ramping up again. But at various times, Woods’ limp due to the injuries suffered to his lower right leg were pronounced.While he hit 10 if 14 fairways, Woods hit just 7 of 18 greens and got up and down just 4 of 11 times. He struggled on bunker shots and had difficulty controlling pitch shots as well. And missing greens led to those issues as well.I did not hit a lot of good iron shots,’’ he said. “I drove it well, but my iron shots were not very good. I didn’t get the ball very close. I got off to a great start and didn’t keep it going. I really didn’t give myself any looks for birdie. I was struggling trying to get the ball on the green, and I missed quite a few iron shots both ways. It was a frustrating day.’’All was well at the start for Woods, who hit a 340-yard tee shot at the par-4 10th and knocked his wedge from 95 yards to 3 feet for an opening-hole birdie. He added another birdie at the par-3 14th to get to 2 under par.But Woods appeared to hit it off the hosel with a 2-iron at the short par-4 15th, turning an easy hole into a struggle. He had a shot to the green, but found the front bunker and made his first bogey.He made three straight bogeys starting at the 18th through the second, in each case failing to get up and down from around the green. After a birdie at the third with a nice approach, he bogeyed the fourth when he again hit a poor chip, and then could not get up and down from a bunker at the eighth. His tee shot at the ninth hit a tree, leaving him 190 yards back. From there, he flew the green, hit a flop shot that came up short, and needed to make a 4-footer for bogey.The 74 left him outside of the top 100 while play continued. The cut on Friday will be the top 70 and ties.Asked how the pain in his leg impacts the swing, Woods saidI just can’t load it. Loading hurts, pressing off it hurts, and walking cuts, and twisting hurts. It’s just golf.’’Then he added, smiling: “If I don’t play (golf), if I don’t do that, then I’m all right.Nostalgia was in the air. Daly was on the leaderboard much of the round as he was greeted with cheers of “Go Big John” from a fan gallery that still loves his eccentric style, shock of thick white hair, bushy beard and a belly that hides his belt buckle.After a couple early birdies came the late-round meltdown in the rising heat: four bogeys in the final five holes, including three in a row on Nos. 16-18. By the end, Daly’s 2-over 72 left him in no mood to talk and he skipped post-round interviewsI felt like I managed my game pretty well on the front nine and then a few errors on the back nine with a couple bad swings,” Scheffler told ESPN. “But other than that, one over, not really playing very good out here is not too bad. I didn’t shoot myself out of it.”https://36c6e7d7165933af05ffe1e8ee73d077.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.htmlMorikawa had only one birdie on the card as he finished at 2-over 72. And Rahm had three bogeys and a double in his round of 3-over 73.TULSA, Okla. — Tiger Woods has a good sense of humor, though it is rare for him to use it in a public setting. But at 46, he is evolving. What was once unthinkable for him — playfully mocking his poor play on the golf course — is one of his new, winsome tools.On Thursday, six weeks after his stirring comeback at the Masters Tournament, Woods returned to competitive golf in the first round of the P.G.A. Championship. After a blazing start with two early birdies, Woods was limping a little on his right leg, which was surgically reconstructed after multiple serious fractures sustained in his horrific car crash early last year. A couple of holes later, Woods was limping a lot, even sometimes using a golf club like a cane to ascend or descend hills.Not surprisingly, his score soon reflected his infirmity as he shot a four-over-par 74 with seven bogeys in his final 13 holes. After he had hobbled to a rostrum for a news conference, he was asked about his rebuilt legYeah, not feeling as good as I would like it to be,” he said with a smile. Woods added that he could not put weight on his right leg in his backswing — known as loading — and he also struggled to push off his leg on the downswing, too.Loading hurts, pressing off it hurts, and walking hurts and twisting hurts,” he said.Woods then deadpanned: “It’s just golf. If I don’t play that, if I don’t do that, then I’m all right.”