The Latest: Kodaira delivers first eagle of PGA Championship
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on the PGA Championship, golf’s final major of the year (all times local):
Satoshi Kodaira delivered the first eagle of the PGA Championship when he put his drive at the short, par-4 11th within 5 feet of the hole and rolled in his putt.
The hole could see a couple more eagles during the second round, too.
It was the fourth-easiest hole in the opening round when it played 362 yards, but playing from a forward tee Friday makes it a reachable 298 yards — and a tantalizing risk-reward opportunity.
Kodaira was rewarded for his perfect drive with an eagle. But a wayward tee shot by someone going for the green could end up in the water guarding the right front.
Gary Woodland was one putt away from tying the 18-hole record at the PGA Championship. He missed the birdie and signed for a 6-under 64.
That gives him a one-shot lead going into the second round, and not much else.
Woodland had the lead for the first time after any round in a major, but the top 15 players were separated by a mere three shots.
Woodland is among those playing Friday morning.
That group includes Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth. Johnson made two late bogeys for a 67. Spieth needs to win the PGA to complete a career Grand Slam.
The first step for Spieth is making it to the weekend. He opened with 71. It’s the third straight major he failed to break par in the first round.