In first-ever appearance, Dallas’ Scottie Scheffler (-4) near top of leaderboard at PGA Championship
After a break of more than a year, the big championship golf is back for the PGA Tour.
The first round of the 2020 PGA Championship at Harding Park is underway, and there is an early local flair on the leaderboard.
Dallas’ Scottie Scheffler shot a 4-under-66 and gave him a shot from the lead at the end of his round. The day wasn’t so positive for another Dallas-born Longhorn, Jordan Spieth. The former No. 1 shot a 2-over-72. He fought his way out of the goals, missed a birdie putt on his first hole and posted bogeys on the next two holes in a row. The rest of his round was a grind that hovered between +2 and +1 for the rest of the day before falling to +3 with a bogey on his last hole of the day.
The Bryson Dechambeau SMU product starts at 3:37 a.m. local time.
Here is an archive of live updates from the morning rounds, including Scheffler and Spieth’s rounds. For more coverage, our LIVE LEADERBOARD can be found HERE.
3:15 p.m. – Jordan Spieth finished his opening round with a 3-on-73. He will take a strong performance on Friday to make it to the weekend. Spieth only missed the cut in one of his last 20 major appearances (2018 US Open).
Spieth was plagued by problems from the tee all day. He hit only four fairways throughout the day, including missing the fairway on eight of his last 10 attempts to tee off.
2.10 p.m. – Scottie Scheffler is in the clubhouse with a 4-under-66-year-old. He made his last hole of the day to leave first place. It’s still a fantastic round for the Dallas native, who is playing the PGA Championship for the first time in his career.
Jordan Spieth is back at +2 after a bogey in 5th place. He continues to fight off the tee and has only hit 30% of the fairways so far.
1:40 p.m. – Scottie Scheffler is back on top thanks to a birdie at the par 4 hole 7. He improves to -5 with two holes remaining on his opening round. Martin Kaymer and Zach Johnson are also at -5.
1:25 p.m. – Jordan Spieth is back to +1 with a birdie on the 3rd par 3. He hit his tee shot within 12 feet and emptied his birdie putt. It’s his second birdie of the day.
1:15 p.m. – Martin Kaymer and Zach Johnson took the top spot with -5. Scottie Scheffler stays at -4, one shot behind. He still has three holes in his opening round.
Jordan Spieth fell back to +2 after following his birdie on the next hole with a bogey. He has missed five consecutive fairways from the tee.
1:00 p.m. – Scottie Scheffler shares the lead at -4. And he just missed a 5-foot birdie putt on the par 5 4th hole.
Zach Johnson is the co-leader at -4. There are a ton of notable names at -3, including defending titles Brooks Koepka, Xander Schauffele, Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, and Tony Finau.
Jordan Spieth finally got his first birdie of the day in an unconventional way. He got a bunker shot on # 1, his first hole in the back 9. He’s now +1 for the tournament.
12:15 p.m. – Scottie Scheffler is no longer at the top, but through no fault of her own. He’s still stable at -3, but the rest of the field is catching up with him. Thank you for four birdies in a six-hole section. Zach Johnson now sits alone on the leaderboard at -4. Dustin Johnson, Bud Cauley and Alex Noren joined Scheffler with a tie for 2nd place.
Jordan Spieth’s par strip has expanded to four straight holes. It’s still at +2. The rest of his threesome is a combined -5, with Johnson (-3) and Justin Rose (-2) both having great starts.
11:55 am – Scottie Scheffler is back in the solo lead after a great start to his second nine. He threw his approach shot at the par-4 1st within 3 feet and easily brought the putt to -3.
Before this birdie, Scheffler welcomed more and more companies to the rankings. There are more than a handful of names tied for 2nd place at -2, including the biggest name in the sport: Tiger Woods, who hit that mark just four holes in his opening round.
Spieth calmed down after his eventful par save in 13th place. He just missed a birdie putt in 14th place and carded a third par in a row in 15th place.
11:30 am – Scottie Scheffler is halfway through his round. After his first five holes carding only one par, the Dallas native went par, par, par, par on the last four holes of his first nine holes. That’s good for a 2-under-33.
For Jordan Spieth, who sprayed his drive into the rough in 13th place and had to get out on the fairway, it looked about to get out of control. But Spieth hit an arrow on the pin from 200 meters away and escaped with a par.
After further problems with the tee shot, Jordan Spieth was about 200 meters away for his third shot on the 13th par 4 course. But he escaped from the fairway with a par after this beauty. A possibly much needed shot in the arm for Spieth, who struggled at the start of his round. pic.twitter.com/soM3GGKBMp
– Scott Bell (@ScottBellDMN) August 6, 2020
11:10 am – Jordan Spieth continues in the opposite direction of his play partner. With another bogey in 12th place, Spieth fell to +2, while Dustin Johnson took part of the lead after an impressive birdie in 12th place. Justin Rose stays at -1. Both Spieth and Rose hit their drives in the rough at 12. Rose played it conservatively and didn’t run for the green while Spieth did. It seems that the conservative route has paid off for Rose.
Scheffler remains at -2. Together with Johnson, Daniel Berger will be added at -2.
10:50 am – Scottie Scheffler is still at the top of the ladder, but he dropped a shot on the 14th par 4 to drop to -2. There are roughly 15 players who throw a shot back at -1, including Jordan Spieth’s two playmates – Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose.
However, Spieth is not so lucky. He sits at +1 through two holes after a bogey on the 11th par-3. He missed the green from the tee and couldn’t pace up and down. A hole earlier he was on the green in half at par 5-10, but had to settle for par after doing three putts from about 55 feet away.
Jordan Spieth was on the par-5 10th (his first hole of the day) in half on the green, but he couldn’t two putt for the birdie. Then he just missed his tee shot in the 11th Par-3 and is in the thick of things about the green. It will be a tough up and down to stay at eye level.
– Scott Bell (@ScottBellDMN) August 6, 2020
10:30 am – The early leader on Thursday morning? None other than Scottie Scheffler from Dallas. He is currently -3 through four holes thanks to birdies on holes 10, 11, and 13. Scheffler’s successful birdie putts came from 25, 12, and 8 feet away.
He will soon be joined by another Dallas native – former Texas Longhorn Jordan Spieth. Spieth is currently teeing off together with group members Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose. The three, like Scheffler, will all start their rounds on the back 9. And they will be followed by another threesome full of star power: Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas.