2009 PGA Championship Round 1

It seems as though Tiger Woods and Padraig Harrington have started where they left off after the first round of the 2009 PGA Championship in Chaska, Minn., at Hazeltine National Golf Club. Tiger shot a 5 under par 67, his lowest first round in a major since 2007, and Padraig shot a 4 under par 68. To take 1st and 2nd place respectively. Six players are T3 those being Robert Allenby, Mathew Goggin, Hunter Mahan, Alvaro Quiros, Vijay Singh and David Toms they all shot a 3 under par 69. Rounding out the top ten are eight players at T9 who all shot 2 under par 70, those players are; Paul Goydos, Thongchai Jaidee, Graeme McDowell, Lee Westwood, Michael Bradley, Gonzalo Fernandez-Costano, Soren Kjeldsen and Ben Crane.

Reports are that officials are surprised at the low scoring, those at even par are T27, those at 2 over are T69, while those at 3 over are T95 and 4 over par are T110. Not that there were no players that had a really bad day, Adam Scott and Steve Scheinter are at 10 over par, Mitch Lowe and Will MacKenzie are at 12 over and Kevin Roman is at 15 over. So the course is hardly a push over, trouble can be found and it can be found quickly. In addition to Paul Casey’s withdrawal this morning, John Daly has withdrawn with back problems, although he finished his round he did not turn in an official score before withdrawing.

Good to see Tiger and Padraig back on top, after officials put them on the clock due to slow play in the final round last week. It really wasn’t of their making as JB Holmes had problems with rulings that backed them up in the first place. Tiger believed and rightly so that the clock hurt Padraigs chances and he was vocal about the officials ruling. Rules are rules but when the final group is penalized when they are really the only two in contention there should be some consideration given in my humble opinion. Although it is only the first round I like that list up there in the top ten, some up and comers as well as some salty dogs. I hope they continue to play well, particularly Hunter Mahan, Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee, Paul Goydos and Ben Crane. I believe there is some promising talent and a couple good guys who deserve some credit, again my opinion.

Televised coverage will begin tomorrow at 2pm EDT on TNT, weekend coverage should be pretty sweet for those wanting to watch a lot of golf as TNT will air from 11-2 then CBS will take over from 2-7 Saturday and Sunday. Unfortunately I will miss a portion of the Saturday morning coverage as I will be playing in a charity event for Cancer but I tee off at 8am so I shouldn’t miss much of it.

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