McIlroy Leads at PGA Championship, Tiger in Danger of Missing Cut

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Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, OK — May 19, 2022

The eyes of the golf world were focused on the star-studded threesome that teed off on the 10th hole of Southern Hills Country Club yesterday at 8:11 in the morning (local time). The paring of Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, and Tiger Woods provided early drama in the 104th edition of the PGA Championship.

The venue, located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, hosted the tournament in 2007 with Tiger hoisting the Wanamaker Trophy during a weekend that was marked by record-setting heat. The forecast for this year’s tournament is much milder. The heat will come from the competition as the best professional golfers in the world chase the second major championship of the year.

Early Excitement

McIlroy started his round going three-under-par after the first five holes. His playing partners followed suit with Tiger at two-under and Spieth sitting at one-under over the opening holes.

The 417-yard, par four, 15th hole set the tone for the remainder of the day. McIlroy made his fourth straight birdie while Woods and Spieth each carded a bogey.

Tiger bogeyed the 18th which began a streak of three straight culminating with a birdie on hole number three. But, bogies on four, eight, and nine left Woods at four-over-par for the round, tied for 98th place out of the 156 golfers in the tournament. Only the top 70 players in the field advance to play the final two rounds.

Tiger Woods / Photo Courtesy of CBS Sports

An interesting twist to the cut line rules for the PGA championship allows PGA of America club professionals to play all four rounds regardless of their score. That won’t help Tiger as he will need to rebound, likely with a score under par in round two to survive the cut.

Spieth recorded three more bogies before scoring a birdie on the seventh hole to give him an opening-round score of 72 on the par-70 layout. He sits tied for 56th and cannot afford a blow-up on Friday if he is going to compete in all four rounds.

McIlroy went on to birdie the second and fifth holes running his score to six-under-par before bogeying the sixth and eighth holes. A birdie on the ninth and final hole of the day returned him to five-under for the round and sole possession of the lead after round one.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his second shot on the 16th hole during the first round of the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club on May 19, 2022, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Packed Leaderboard

Will Zalatoris and Tom Hoge are tied for second at four-under-par. Matt Kuchar, Abraham Ancer, and Justin Thomas all shot three-under to finish in a tie for fourth. A total of 26 players broke par including notables Xander Schauffele(-2), Kevin Na(-2), and Tony Finau(-1).

Masters Champion Scottie Scheffler finished tied for 38th at one-over-par.

 

2022 PGA Championship Round One Leaderboard

Rank Name Total
1 Rory McIlroy -5 (65)
2t Will Zalatoris -4 (66)
2t Tom Hoge -4 (66)
4t Matt Kuchar -3 (67)
4t Abraham Ancer -3 (67)
4t Justin Thomas -3 (67)
7t Chris Kirk -2 (68)
7t Mito Pereira -2 (68)
7t Xander Schauffele -2 (68)
7t Cameron Smith -2 (68)
7t Kevin Na -2 (68)
7t Davis Riley -2 (68)
7t Matthew Fitzpatrick -2 (68)
7t Lucas Herbert -2 (68)
7t Joaquin Niemann -2 (68)
16t Dean Burmester -1 (69)
16t Tony Finau -1 (69)
16t Stewart Cink -1 (69)
16t Thomas Pieters -1 (69)
16t Patrick Reed -1 (69)
16t Beau Hossler -1 (69)
16t Talor Gooch -1 (69)
16t Kyoung-Hoon Lee -1 (69)
16t Webb Simpson -1 (69)
16t Patton Kizzire -1 (69)
16t Aaron Wise -1 (69)
27t Robert MacIntyre E (70)
27t Alex Noren E (70)
27t Tyrrell Hatton E (70)
27t Max Homa E (70)
27t Viktor Hovland E (70)
27t Ryan Fox E (70)
27t Francesco Molinari E (70)
27t Gary Woodland E (70)
27t Brendan Steele E (70)
27t Shane Lowry E (70)
27t Russell Henley E (70)
38t Y.E. Yang +1 (71)
38t Shaun Norris +1 (71)
38t Kevin Streelman +1 (71)
38t Kramer Hickok +1 (71)
38t Justin Rose +1 (71)
38t Si Woo Kim +1 (71)
38t Sam Burns +1 (71)
38t Cameron Young +1 (71)
38t Justin Harding +1 (71)
38t Seamus Power +1 (71)
38t Jason Day +1 (71)
38t Rickie Fowler +1 (71)
38t Harold Varner III +1 (71)
38t Scottie Scheffler +1 (71)
38t Adam Schenk +1 (71)
38t Sepp Straka +1 (71)
38t Tommy Fleetwood +1 (71)
38t Charl Schwartzel +1 (71)
56t John Daly +2 (72)
56t Adri Arnaus +2 (72)
56t Hideki Matsuyama +2 (72)
56t Cameron Davis +2 (72)
56t Jason Dufner +2 (72)
56t Jordan Spieth +2 (72)
56t Bubba Watson +2 (72)
56t Yuki Inamori +2 (72)
56t Laurie Canter +2 (72)
56t Lanto Griffin +2 (72)
56t Alex Cejka +2 (72)
56t Jesse Mueller +2 (72)
56t Cameron Tringale +2 (72)
56t Keegan Bradley +2 (72)
56t Marc Leishman +2 (72)
56t Collin Morikawa +2 (72)
56t Henrik Stenson +2 (72)
56t J.J. Spaun +2 (72)
56t Kevin Kisner +2 (72)
56t Keith Mitchell +2 (72)
56t Chan Kim +2 (72)
56t Bernd Wiesberger +2 (72)
78t Ryan Palmer +3 (73)
78t Matt Borchert +3 (73)
78t Troy Merritt +3 (73)
78t Jinichiro Kozuma +3 (73)
78t Denny McCarthy +3 (73)
78t Matt Jones +3 (73)
78t Min Woo Lee +3 (73)
78t Anirban Lahiri +3 (73)
78t Rich Beem +3 (73)
78t Adam Hadwin +3 (73)
78t Christiaan Bezuidenhout +3 (73)
78t Dustin Johnson +3 (73)
78t Jon Rahm +3 (73)
78t Branden Grace +3 (73)
78t Daniel Berger +3 (73)
78t Louis Oosthuizen +3 (73)
78t Sergio Garcia +3 (73)
78t Maverick McNealy +3 (73)
78t Alex Beach +3 (73)
78t Jhonattan Vegas +3 (73)
78t Joel Dahmen +3 (73)
99t Sam Horsfield +4 (74)
99t Rikuya Hoshino +4 (74)
99t Tiger Woods +4 (74)
99t Richard Bland +4 (74)
99t Garrick Higgo +4 (74)
99t Daniel Van Tonder +4 (74)
99t Sebastian Munoz +4 (74)
99t Brian Harman +4 (74)
99t Hudson Swafford +4 (74)
99t Russell Knox +4 (74)
99t Jason Kokrak +4 (74)
99t Cameron Champ +4 (74)
99t Zach Johnson +4 (74)
99t Harry Higgs +4 (74)
99t Luke List +4 (74)
114t Kyle Mendoza +5 (75)
114t Sadom Kaewkanjana +5 (75)
114t Lucas Glover +5 (75)
114t Lee Westwood +5 (75)
114t Ryan Vermeer +5 (75)
114t Brooks Koepka +5 (75)
114t Billy Horschel +5 (75)
114t Erik van Rooyen +5 (75)
122t Shaun Micheel +6 (76)
122t Bio Kim +6 (76)
122t Ryan Brehm +6 (76)
122t Corey Conners +6 (76)
122t Patrick Cantlay +6 (76)
122t Martin Kaymer +6 (76)
122t Ian Poulter +6 (76)
122t Matthew Wolff +6 (76)
130t Takumi Kanaya +7 (77)
130t Mackenzie Hughes +7 (77)
130t Padraig Harrington +7 (77)
130t Pablo Larrazabal +7 (77)
130t Wyatt Worthington II +7 (77)
130t Tim Feenstra +7 (77)
130t Adam Scott +7 (77)
130t Chad Ramey +7 (77)
138t Colin Inglis +8 (78)
138t Michael Block +8 (78)
138t Nic Ishee +8 (78)
138t Shawn Warren +8 (78)
138t Oliver Bekker +8 (78)
138t Dylan Newman +8 (78)
138t Brandon Bingaman +8 (78)
138t Nicolai Hojgaard +8 (78)
138t Scott Stallings +8 (78)
138t Joohyung Kim +8 (78)
138t Austin Hurt +8 (78)
138t Paul Dickinson +8 (78)
150t Carlos Ortiz +9 (79)
150t Casey Pyne +9 (79)
150t Ryosuke Kinoshita +9 (79)
150t Tyler Collet +9 (79)
150t Jared Jones +9 (79)
155 Zac Oakley +11 (81)
156 Sean McCarty +12 (82)