Justin Thomas and Jason Kokrak share the lead of the BMW Championship as nearly your complete area made probably the most of a benign course.
Of the 69 gamers who teed off in Medinah, Illinois, on Thursday, 67 of them completed with a rating under par.
Thomas and Kokrak had been on the high of the pile, carding a 7-under 65. The former, who has not gained a event because the World Golf Championship at Firestone a 12 months in the past, was stunned by his efficiency.
“I probably would say that I had the worst warm-up I’ve ever had in my life this morning,” he advised ESPN.
“I’m usually pretty good at finding my way around a golf course and finding something, but definitely didn’t expect that today.”
Kokrak, in the meantime, has by no means gained a PGA occasion in 207 begins and is seeking to pressure his manner into the top-30 within the FedEx Cup standings, which might earn him a spot in subsequent week’s Tour Championship.
The American is ranked 32nd within the FedEx Cup standings however hinted he wouldn’t permit himself to calculate the place he ought to end this week.
“I thought about doing some number-crunching and seeing what I had to finish, but I think putting myself in a good position to win a golf tournament is going to get the job done,” he defined.
Kokrak and Thomas turned the primary gamers to get across the Course 3 at Medinah in 65, since Skip Kendall, Tiger Woods and Mike Weir achieved the feat on the 1999 and 2006 PGA Championship respectively.
Woods gained each these occasions however a repeat this week seems extremely unlikely, after he completed the primary spherical six photographs adrift of the leaders with a 1-under 71. The 43-year-old is tied for 50th and based on PGA Tour projections he wants a top-10 end to qualify for the Tour Championship.
Jim Furyk, Joel Dahmen, Lucas Glover, Brandt Snedeker and Patrick Cantlay are all at 6-under, whereas a gaggle of 9 gamers containing Xander Schauffele, Rickie Fowler and Tony Finau is one shot additional again.
World primary Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed are among the many gamers at 4-under, whereas Rory McIlroy, who will play alongside the Americans within the second spherical, completed at 3-under.
Here’s all you want to know forward of the second spherical.
On Friday, protection begins at 2 p.m. ET on Golf Channel, which may even broadcast stay motion between 1 p.m. ET and 2:45 p.m. and between 12 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. ET on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
The second spherical will be watched on-line by way of PGA Tour Live and on Golf Channel’s digital platforms, whereas the final two rounds may even be obtainable on-line by way of NBC’s web site.
A stay stream for all of the 4 rounds might be obtainable by way of fuboTV.