Leaderboard | Live Video | Photos | TV Schedule 9:00 No crazy-low rounds today, which shouldn't come as a shock, and some very good players at the top as Bubba Watson, Francesco Molinari, Matt Kuchar and Ernie Els all have a share of the lead, with a slew of talent just one or two strokes behind. That's going to do it for me tonight, thanks as always for the great comments. Join us tomorrow for day two of the PGA Championship from Whistling Straits, with the live blog (hopefully) starting bright and early at 9 AM. Good night, folks.8:58 Lots of unfinished business for tomorrow morning, as one of the groups only made it through 6 or 7 holes. Hopefully we'll have a reasonably on-time start, otherwise things could get awfully hairy on Saturday morning.8:56 Is it Rosh Hashana already? No, it's the horns sounding the end of play. Phil taps in for birdie at 11 moving to -1 while Kuchar will make a par on the 5th, keeping his share of the lead.
8:55 Feherty wants us to know that the cameramen are pulling out all their tricks to make this so bright for the TV audience. "It's a lot darker than it looks." Is Yogi Berra in the booth?8:52 The sun is officially setting on Whistling Straits here, with just a bit of wrapping up to do. Let's see how many holes are going to have to be made up (and how long they might be delayed) in the morning8:48 If I had to guess, I'd say Phil Mickelson is planning on building a summer home in Whistling Straits' rough. It's the only reasonable explanation for the amount of time he's spent there today.8:45 Stricker lags one to about 5-6 feet on 12. No bogeys on the day for Strick, but no birdies either. He's at even par...but you already figured that out, didn't you?8:42 With all the hubbub yesterday about Phil's health and the Pavin/Gray feud, and with the huge delay this morning, this has felt like one of the longest days in golf history. Am I wrong?8:40 Ernie misses a decent birdie opportunity on 13, so he'll stay at -4. Nobody seems to be able to take the outright lead for more than a couple holes today, especially amongst the guys who went out this afternoon.8:38 Angel Cabrera sticks a wedge from the 9th fairway. He'll tap in to move to -2, yet another big name up near the top of the leaderboard. He's a big name, right?8:37 Mickelson has no problem getting that birdie, putting him back to even on the day.8:35 Discouraging word from the clubhouse: the fog that rolled in this morning (and has for most of the week) is expected back tomorrow. There's really no way of knowing how much time it might cost us, but considering there are already going to be guys who need to make up a couple holes, this could be a real subplot to the rest of the tournament. And that would be a shame.8:33 Mickelson hits an absolutely incredible recovery out of the fescue to inside ten feet. Nobody turns a double-bogey opportunity into a birdie opportunity quite like Phil.8:31 Despite my not mentioning him all day (or maybe because of it), Darren Clarke is only one back of the lead at -3. He's a guy that I can't really expect to contend for a major at this point...and I can't think of a single decent reason why that is.8:27 Justin Rose hits a classic drop-and-stop on the 9th. If there was ever an example of how soft the greens are today, that was it. Even with the sun barely in the sky this course just never dried out today, which led to a lot of great golf...and a lot of just-short putts.8:25 Kenny Perry quietly makes birdie to move at -1 at the 12th. Frankly I would never have recognized him. He just turned 50 and he looks better than I've ever seen him before, having clearly dropped some pounds this season. Unfortunately it won't be another Ryder Cup year for Kenny, but hopefully he's got a couple more good tourneys in him.8:22 I've been informed that it was TBS that was constantly replaying School of Rock, not TNT. Please make a mental note to replace it with A Few Good Men when you read that joke.8:20 "Kuch kisses the lip." Yes, that's Nantz talking about Matt Kuchar just missing a birdie putt, why, what did you think it was about?8:17 Els follows by sticking the green on the 12th. Unfortunately he missed the small ridge near the front of the hole, so he's got a tough birdie try, but at least it's uphill.8:15 Ernie nails a small double-breaker to move into a four-way tie for the lead at -4. Before we were talking about the advantages of playing some holes tomorrow morning, but considering how well McIlroy and Els are playing today you have to think they're not going to be happy if they've got to stop early.8:13 Rory moves to -1 with his 4th birdie in six holes. This kid is seriously, seriously good.8:11 The sun is clearly going down in earnest now, but still plenty of daylight left. I'd say even the latest groups will get about halfway through the back nine unless it's a particularly quick nightfall.8:09 Mickelson seems surprised to find his tee shot in the fairway on 9. That makes two of us.8:07 Another players moves into the lead as Matt Kuchar puts home a birdie on 11 to tie with Watson and Molinari at -4.8:05 Oosty follows by leaving his putt short for bogey, dropping him back to -1.Still like the way he's playing. Aggressive swings and conservative course management, could be a very good recipe this weekend.8:03 Lefty lags one perfectly but will settle for par on the absurd 507 yard par-4 8th. In theory it's a simple hole, but as long as the course is playing today it's a bogey waiting to happen.8:00 The lip-out parade continues, with Watney settling for par on 7th after what looked all the way like a perfect birdie putt. Although, considering his ridiculously lucky tee shot he'll settle.7:58 Rory just lips out on a birdie putt on nine. He'll finish the front even, but considering he was +3 after his first 4 holes, he's got to be feeling pretty darn good about the way things are going right now.7:56 Stricker finishes out his front nine at even par. Nothing spectacular, but we don't call him "Even Steven" for nothing...or at all.7:53 Nantz asks Feherty
if the fact that Whistling Straits looks kind of like an Irish links course might make Rory McIlroy feel more at home and Feherty does his very best not to tell Nantz that it was a stupid question...nice restraint, David.7:51 Ernie's slowed down quite a bit, settling again for par on the 10th and staying at -3. I was kind of hoping he'd be the one to put up an outrageous score today after his quick start, but he's slowly running out of holes to do that. I think he'll settle for a couple more birdies though.7:48 Nick Watney hits a completely accidental draw to about 10 feet on the 7th. He's laughing about it now, but that could easily been a costly mistake if it hadn't caught the front edge of the green.7:46 Reader Cuttlefish Placebo takes issue with the way we all are so familiar with our favorite lefty.
So why is it Stricker, Els, Johnson, Mahan...but "Phil"? He's not my buddy, is he yours? Yeah, we're used to "Tiger" but....we don't see "Jim" and "Justin" and "Lee." I guess we can have "Bubba" if we must. I really hope we don't, though. And I'm weary weary weary of "Phil." He has a surname. Use it.To be honest, the only real response I can give you is that you're just sort of wrong. While you gave a couple examples of players that we call by there last names, there are countless that we call by their first (and I think "Ernie" isn't unusual at all, so I'd take Els off your list). Jack, Arnie, Paddy, Vijay, Freddie even young Rory are far more commonly called by their first names than their last. I think it's more of a stylish flair than anything, and a sign that we use these guys names more often than some others, so we don't want to just say "Mickelson" over and over again.
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They should let the Molinari brothers drive Ferraris around the course. That would be awesome. And what Tiger will say in his presser: "I putted better." As if golf is some big mystery.
On the Pavin and Tiger Ryder Cup thing: Does no one recall that the U.S. won the last time without Tiger? He'd be a bigger distraction than ever this time around, his record in the Ryder Cup sucks, and he's playing like a turd. Pavin should be forced to wear a Bozo the Clown wig if he picks Tiger. And if Tiger makes it on points, he should ride the pine. I read in the NY Post today that Pavin is almost forced to pick Tiger for TV ratings, the fact that he's sponsored by Nike, and that the PGA wouldn't want to incur Woods' wrath. Holy crap! The PGA of America has next to nothing to do with professional golf beyond the PGA Championship and Ryder Cup, and what's Tiger going to do, boycott playing in future PGA Championships? Yeah, right. And yeah, I'm sure Corey Pavin is worried about the TV ratings. And yeah, I'm sure he'll pick him because Nike wants him to. If Tiger gets picked, there'll be only one reason, and that's because there's no better choice available, like pinch-hitting one of your starting pitchers in a game that exhausts the bench. The U.S. Ryder Cup team has NEVER rallied around Woods, even at the top of his game. He's not going to have some Kirk Gibson moment in Wales, and the rest of the team, even if they won't admit it, would probably rather he stay home. If Woods cares at all about history and the integrity of the game, he should decline playing if asked. But because he's a narcissist of the first order, he'll insist he can help the team, and in doing so drag it down. Corey Pavin was one of the best Ryder Cup players in U.S. history. He'll go down with Curtis Strange, Hal Sutton and Tom Lehman as the worst captains ever if he puts Woods on the team.
Ernie Els had to wait a loooong time to get on this course, and he makes the most of it, making birdie on #15:16
Yeah, and Watson was clubhouse leader on Day 1 at Bridgestone. Lot of good it did him then either5:13 5:12 5:10 5:08 5:06 5:04 5:02 5:00 4:57 p.m. 4:50 p.m. 4:48 p.m. 4:45 p.m. Would Bubba Watson be a better captains pick than Tiger? The answer is no because Tiger has experience and course management
skills that Bubba admittedly doesn't have. We always talk about enthusiasm but that's hubris at the end of the day unless you hit the shots. 4:42 p.m. 4:40 p.m.
Oh, I like it. It's all about the assonance.1:39 p.m. Reader Jordan Hughes writes: I think we should throw Pete Rose into the Pavin-Gray royal rumble as Pavin's guest tag team partner. I was thinking Bob Costas, but that's pretty good. 1:38 p.m. Tiger Woods makes a birdie on the 13th (his fourth) and is tied for the lead at 3-under.
Yes, this is officially getting interesting. 1:36 p.m. Tiger (2-under) has a 15-foot putt for birdie at the par-4 13th. 1:34 p.m. Paul Casey is 1-under after a birdie on 5. At his press conference this week, Casey noted that with Woods slumping, there was a different feeling in the buildup to the tournament: I don't know about entering a new era. But I think there is a slightly different feel. Certainly this week, I think -- I'll be honest, the feeling in the locker room is slightly different. I think guys feel that this is very much a -- I'll be honest, with the way he played the past week, guys feel like this is wide open, this tournament, and that's not a feeling that a lot of guys have had before.
Graeme McDowell played tremendous golf at the U.S. Open. So did Louis playing his golf at The Open Championship. That, combined with the way Tiger played last week, I think guys now feel that -- there are multiple winners, multiple possible winners this week. It's different, not a feeling we've had in a while. 1:32 p.m. Retief Goosen joins the fun at 2-under with birdies on two and three.
Do you guys think that Goosen, Els or Furyk have any majors left in them? I say no, but I hope I'm wrong. 1:29 p.m. Appleby gets one back with birdie on the 16th (his 7th) -- he's tied for the lead with Martin Kaymer at 3-under. 1:24 p.m. There's been a lot of talk this week about the mosquitoes at Whistling Straits. My favorite comment was from PGA Professional Champion Mike Small: It's a major. I would putt on gravel and play in a mosquito-infested jungle if it's a major. I don't care; I'll do what it takes. 1:22 p.m. Tiger's playing partners aren't doing quite so well: Y.E. Yang is even and Vijay is 1-over. 1:19 p.m. From an awkward lie, Tiger chips to about 3-feet and he should stay at 2-under. 1:17 p.m. Reader Kevin asks: Since when did the tour turn into the WWE? And, are the rumors true that if Linda McMahon isn't elected to the Senate she's next in line to be PGA commissioner? Clearly, there is something about the Ryder Cup that makes people a little crazy.
1:16 p.m. From 136 yards, Tiger Woods (2-under) hits it over the green on the par-3 12th (his third). 1:15 p.m. New leader: Germany's Martin Kaymer at 3-under after eagle on his second and birdie on his third. 1:12 p.m. Appleby makes bogey on five so the leaders are at 2-under and include Tiger Woods. 1:11 p.m. Tiger makes his 10-footer for birdie on the second. 2-under. Hmmmmm. 1:10 p.m. We have some new names in second at 2-under: Jim Furyk, Michael Sim, Jason Day, Kyle Flinton and Soren Kjeldsen. Appleby still leader for now at 3-under. 1:08 p.m. Woods (1-under) chips onto the second green with his putter. He has about 10 feet left for birdie. 1:04 p.m. Reader Brian Sullivan writes: Based on current weather and the forecast, I'm thinking we have a winner with 4 rounds in the 60's. - So winning score of around 15 under. The Straights will get exposed to some extent. Could be, depending on the weather. But 8-under was good enough for a playoff here (DiMarco, Vijay and Justin Leonard) in 2004. 1:03 p.m. Tiger about 40 yards short of the green with his second shot on the par-5 11th (his second). 1:00 p.m. Reader Scott Westemeyer writes: Tiger's long and in the middle of the fairway on #2. Lots of more holes obviously, but getting off to a good start has GOT to lift some of the weight of his shoulders already. Dude, I'm supposed to be the Live-Blogger here. But thanks. 12:59 p.m. Leader Stuart Appleby (3-under) is in the fescue on 5. He's still 3-under. 12:57 p.m Reader G David Fetters writes: Many media guys try to get "their angle" out of the words someone utters. I've had it happen to me. Some of the words that are said are there but the entire meaning comes out differently. I honestly think this happened to Corey. He's a feisty guy and doesn't like to be "run over" like this. (He will end up picking the guy who will most likely help the team win.) And here you are saying, "For the record, unless an asteroid hits Wales between now and October, Woods will be on the Ryder Cup team." You media guys seem to have a combined effort to "force" Corey's hand to pick Tiger. Yeah, the media wants Tiger. I understand. But being captain is not the media's job. Print this in your blog if you dare! Uh, OK. 12:56 p.m. Reader Chris LaBiche is the leader in the clubhouse on the Don King-promotes-Corey Pavin-Jim Gray-throwdown with Fracas in the Fescue, but I think we can do better. 12:53 p.m. Leaderboard update: Appleby 3-under; Labritz and Flinton 2-under; a bunch of guys including Tiger Woods at 1-under.
Bottom of pack: Ishikawa, Daly and Toms at 2-over. 12:51 p.m. Reader Scott Westemeyer writes: Looks like the wind is starting to pick up. He's right, the wind has picked up, but you still wouldn't have trouble reading a newspaper out there. 12:49 p.m. Reader Cole Eller saw that Woods birdie coming: Does anyone have the feeling with the odds being put against Tiger as the favorite that this adversity will spill spark a run for TW at Whistling Straits? Ask Steven Ames about attempting to put Tiger below you. Just when I was starting to enjoy the modest, self-effacing Tiger... 12:48 p.m. Birdie for Tiger on the first hole, but let's not get carried away too soon. 12:45 p.m. Nice approach by Tiger on No. 1 and he has a makeable birdie putt.
Reader Scrogdog isn't feeling it though: Prediction: Tiger doesn't finish in the top 10. Hey, I want to see him return to making the magic shots just like most of us. But I don't think it's going to happen this year.
12:41 p.m. Reader David Su is skeptical of the Live Blog: "In second place at 2-under: Derek Lamely, Rob Labritz, Kyle Flinton."
Haven't you figured out - many first round leaders in majors are no names? Too bad majors are played in 4 rounds not one.
Media needs something to write about on 1st day but first rounds leaders? they are really insignificant. David is right. If someone is leading a golf tournament at any time, the media will report it. It's another sinister conspiracy. 12:40 p.m. Mike Corcoran notes that "Bulldog" was Pavin's nickname from his days playing in the Ryder Cup. Watch out, Jim. 12:37 p.m. Tiger Woods finds the fairway with his drive on the par-4 first hole. He can build on that. 12:33 p.m. Will we have a European winner of the PGA Championship? Longtime Friend of the Blog and golf writer Mike Corcoran doesn't think so: Everyone is all Euro happy these days, with everyone picking a Euro to win (see ESPN). Le Cork says it's unlikely. The PGA plays the most like the U.S. Open, the tournament where even the best Euros have failed to come through except Jacklin and Irish McWhathisname who won this year. Paddy is the only Euro to win the PGA. If a non-Murrican wins, smart money is on someone from Oz or South Africa. Those guys are a way bigger threat, per capita, than Europe, and have the track record to prove it in the PGA and U.S. Open.
12:29 p.m. In second place at 2-under: Derek Lamely, Rob Labritz, Kyle Flinton.
What's up with lesser-known players doing well at majors? U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell has an idea: I think players can gain a lot of belief from seeing the likes of myself or first-time winners, there's no doubt a few names popped into my head Sunday at Pebble, Y.E. Yang's, Trevor Immelman's, Zach Johnson's, I was taking some belief from those guys doing it. There's no doubt, it has a knock-on effect. 12:25 p.m. Is it me or does John Daly now look like one of the players’ grandmothers? 12:21 p.m. Stuart Appleby makes another birdie -- he's three-under after No. 3. But before you jump on the Appleby bandwagon, check his record in past majors. 12:16 p.m. Reader Joyce Vaughan Guzman writes: Why is everyone so negative about Tiger. You know he's a good golfer so why not lay off the comments how bad he is I get the feeling most golf fans are hoping Tiger has a good week, but he's always had his critics, even before the scandals. BTW, he tees off in about 15 minutes. 12:14 p.m. The weather is hot and soupy with hardly any wind at Whistling Straits today, so expect low scores. Legendary Sports Illustrated golf writer John Garrity once told me that players don’t care if it’s 100 degrees and humid as long as they know what their ball is going to do. It’s wind that bothers Tour players.
Incidentally, I once asked Garrity to be my mentor, but he graciously declined. He said he wanted to hold out for someone with more promise. 12:12 p.m. Other big names at 1-under: Jim Furyk, Justin Leonard, K.J. Choi, Bubba Watson... 12:11 p.m. Last tee time today is 6:25 p.m. Eastern time (5:25 here). I'm guessing they probably won't get it in. 12:07 p.m. Stuart Appleby is leading the PGA Championship at 2-under after birdies on his first-two holes. The hot player is always a good pick and Appleby did shoot 59 to win the Greenbrier a couple weeks ago. 12:02 p.m. Reader Marisa Moen Eastwood wants to talk about Jim Gray and Corey Pavin, not Vaughan Taylor (me, too): Why on EARTH would Jim Gray tell Corey Pavin that he's "going down"??? What kind of professionalism is that? It's not like it's a boxing match. On another note - did you see the pic John Daly posted of Tiger giving him putting tips? Loved it. Loved the pic, too, Marisa. It's here if you haven't seen it.
The whole Pavin-Gray thing is a mess. I can understand Gray being angry that Pavin called him a liar, but "you're going down" is a strange thing to say. If it was a boxing match, I'd love to see what Don King would call it: The Brawl of the Small? If you've got a suggestion, pass it along. We'll send a Golf Magazine hat to the best one. 12:01 p.m. Golf Magazine's Cameron Morfit says those extra six minutes of range time will be crucial for Tiger. 11:59 a.m. Play has resumed at Whistling Straits. For those of you scoring at home, that was a six-minute fog delay. 11:55 a.m. Well, this is awkward. Play has been suspended again due to fog. The Live Blog, however, will plow forward. 11:52 a.m. Vaughan Taylor makes bogey on the long par-5 second to be the only player on the course over par. In case you haven't heard, this course is hard. Tiger once said that a 10-handicap couldn't break 100 on a U.S. Open setup. I'm not sure a 20-handicap could break 130 here. 11:49 a.m. Reader Joe Olszewski catches a time error already: i think phil and the others r going off at 5:45 PM eastern, please use correct info today He's right. Here are the corrected times:
Steve Stricker, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott: 5:25 p.m.
Phil Mickelson, Graeme McDowell, Louis Oosthuizan: 5:45 p.m.
Sorry, Joe, we will try to give you the correct info today and all other days. 11:45 a.m. Rickie Folwer makes birdie on his first hole -- the 10th -- and he's T1 with...a lot of other guys.
Just so you know, unless it's necessary to describe the hole, I'm going to skip the "on his third hole, the 12th" stuff. Really, I'm having enough trouble with the three-hour-10-minute delay and the one-hour time difference. I don't think I could handle another layer of complexity. 11:42 a.m. Reader Mike Z has a complaint: OK, here's a pet peeve ... why do you (golf.com) insist on always using Eastern time instead of the local time? When the site says, for instance, that the first tee times have been delayed until 11:10 – that's misleading for those of us here in the Central time zone – and really just plain incorrect. Mike, If I were running the web site, I'd probably say 11:10 Eastern time, but I'm just the blogger. 11:38 a.m. Afternoon groups to watch...
Steve Stricker, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott: 4:25 p.m.
Phil Mickelson, Graeme McDowell, Louis Oosthuizan: 4:25 p.m. In other words, it's going to be a great couple days to goof off at work. 11:35 a.m. More morning groups to watch...
Y.E. Yang, Vijay Singh, Tiger Woods: 12:30 p.m.
Corey Pavin (must-see TV now), Ian Poulter, Camilo Villegas: 12:50 p.m 11:30 a.m. The
PGA Championship has the best field of any major -- 97 of the Top 100
players in the world are here -- so we've got some exciting first- and
second-round pairings. Here are the groups to watch today:
Rickie Fowler, Ryo Ishikawa and Justin Leonard: 11:20 a.m.
Jerry Kelly (local hero), Anthony Kim, Paul Casey: noon
Padraig Harrington, John Daly, Davis Love II: 12:10 p.m. 11:25 a.m. The
first scores are posted. Bo Van Pelt makes a bogey on 1, while playing
partners Scott Herbert and Vaughn Taylor make par. Van Pelt has been a
popular dark horse pick this week. 11:20 a.m. Whatever happens between now and Sunday it will be difficult to top the confrontation between Ryder Cup Team USA captain Corey Pavin and the Golf Channel's Jim Gray in the media center Tuesday after Pavin denied he told Gray that Tiger
Woods would be a captain's pick if he doesn't qualify for the Ryder Cup
For the record, unless an asteroid hits Wales between now and October, Woods will be on the Ryder Cup team.
real question is: What would be the odds on a Pavin-Gray boxing match?
I've got Pavin as a 7 to 2 favorite because of his fitness level, but
Gray is a bulldog. 11:10 a.m. Welcome to Golf.com's PGA
Championship Live Blog, the final major of the weirdest golf season
ever. After a three-hour-and-10-minute fog delay, play has begun at
Whistling Straits. We'll be here with you all day so join the
conversation by leaving a comment or question below.
Golf Magazine's Mike Walker will be live blogging the first round of the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits soon. Round 1 has been delayed due to fog.