Backed Herman seizes lead at PGA Championship


Jordan Spieth's plan in Thursday's opening round of the PGA Championship was to take the lead because he prefers to play from in front.

The 27-year-old Dane birdied three of the final five holes to fire a four-under-par 67 at Quail Hollow, nudging ahead of US Open victor Brooks Koepka and his American compatriots Gary Woodland and Grayson Murray.

Once Spieth made the turn things didn't get any better.

Still, Spieth didn't shoot himself out of the tournament, making birdie on the par-5 seventh and another on the eighth after stuffing a wedge to two feet.

There was a failed 10-footer for par on the 527-yard, par-4 first, a 12-footer for birdie on No. 2 that stayed out, a 15-footer for another birdie on the next hole the didn't go in.

"I feel like my speed is coming back. I think anything under par on this golf course is a pretty good score". He was laughing and joking when I was up there, kept telling me, 'You got a good break.' I was like, well, still feel like crap. "The first hole, got off to a bad start and that was kind of my day, it kind of felt like".

But with one of his University of Texas golf students on the bag, Deane is hopeful he can make the cut this week.

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The 27-year-old was also 10th in last week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and carried on where he left off on Sunday with a round containing six birdies and two bogeys.

Then came cancer surgery for his mother, Dening, which pushed him to withdraw from the World Golf Championships Match Play.

"I felt awful about it", Koepka said, although he had not shouted the traditional warning of "fore" following his drive.

"I felt awful about it", said Koepka, who would bogey the hole.

"But you know, obviously I've gone through a little bit of a plateau here, and hopefully I can change that this week, especially with the past experiences that I've had competing in the PGA Championship", Day added.

"The pin spots they're going to have to be very careful not to get too near edges (of the greens) because there are a lot of false edges (where the ball will roll off the green)".