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2024 PGA Championship live updates: Xander Schauffele leads, Tiger Woods remains in the hunt

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The 2024 PGA Championship is officially underway with Round 1 in progress at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky.

Tiger Woods teed off early this morning along with Keegan Bradley and Adam Scott. Woods, 48, has won the PGA Championship four times (1999, 2000, 2006, 2007). Due to injuries, the last time he played the PGA Championship was 2022 in Tulsa, where he withdrew after shooting a 9-over 79 in the third round.

Scottie Scheffler enters as the No. 1 player in the world and as winner of the year’s first major championship at the Masters. He has won three other times in 2024 (RBC Heritage, The Players Championship and Arnold Palmer Invitational). Scheffler tees off at 2:13 p.m. alongside Brian Harman and Wyndham Clark.

USA TODAY Sports will provide the latest on live updates, Tiger Woods’ status, the leaderboard, highlights and more throughout the day. Follow along.

Australian Cam Smith found himself in an interesting situation during his opening round that may seem quite familiar to many weekend duffers.

Tied for sixth at 3-under par, Smith’s wayward drive on the par-5 seventh left him just to the right of the fairway landing area. The problem was, his ball was in the hazard and sitting in some shallow water.

Smith declined to take a drop and chose to play it out of the hazard … but not before taking off his shoes and socks to take his stance.

The Australian was able to make solid contact and get the ball back in play safely. His approach shot from 243 yards found the right rough, but he chipped it to within seven feet and sunk the putt for an unconventional par.

Xander Schauffele has set a blistering pace at the 2024 PGA Championship, shooting a major championship record-tying 62 in his opening round to lead the tournament by three shots over Tony Finau.

Starting his round on the back nine, Schauffele – currently No. 3 in the World Golf Rankings – collected nine birdies without a bogey to get to 9 under par.

Finishing up with a two-putt par on the 415-yard, par-4 ninth hole at Valhalla Country Club, Schauffele’s 62 tied the record he shares with Rickie Fowler (2023 U.S. Open) and Branden Grace (2017 British Open) for the lowest round ever in a men’s major championship.

Tiger Woods is back into red figures after notching his second birdie on the front nine at the par-5 seventh. (He began his round on hole No. 10.)

After a 300-yard drive into the landing area surrounded front and back by water, Woods found a fairway bunker on his second shot, but hit his approach shot to 13 1/2 feet and nailed the putt for birdie to get to 1-under for his round with two holes to play.

The birdie put Woods in a tie for 20th place.

Continuing his early assault on Valhalla, Xander Schauffele has jumped out to a big lead with two holes to play in his opening round. With a two-putt birdie on the Par-5 seventh hole, Schauffele moved to an astounding 9 under par.

It was his fourth birdie on the front nine – after starting with five birdies on the back nine. If he birdies one of his two remaining holes and gets to 10-under, he would find himself in uncharted territory.

No player has ever shot 61 in any round of any major championship.

Schauffele leads Tony Finau and Robert MacIntyre by four shots.

Tiger Woods finally took advantage of a Par 3 on No. 3, using an iron to get within 5 feet of the cup and easily tap in for birdie. But no one has been able to stop Xander Schauffele (-7), who added another birdie at No. 4 and has a two-shot lead over Tony Finau, after he birdied 18 to close out his front nine.

Another hole and another birdie for Schauffele. He made good on the par 4, No. 2, while Rory Mcllroy hit the pin on the first hole of the back nine and tapped in for an easy birdie putt. McIlroy sits at 2-under, four shots off the lead.

Rory McIlroy showed a bit of frustration after his long putt for par on 17 went wide and settled for a bogey. He is 1-under and seeking his first major in 10 years, while Viktor Hovland’s struggles on 17 also led to a bogey, and he is at 2-under. Three Americans are on top of the leaderboard, led by Xander Schauffele (-5), Tony Finau, who missed a birdie chance at 16, and Doug Ghim, who are one shot back.

Tiger Woods had one birdie and two bogeys in an uneven first nine holes and finds himself at 1-over after he settled for par on the Par 5 18th. Xander Schauffele is the leader at 5-under at the start of the back nine after another birdie on the 18th. Tony Finau is off to a torrid start as well and is one shot back after three straight birdies on 13, 14 and 15.

Schauffele, seeking his first major victory, birdied Nos. 13, 15 and 16 to take the outright lead at 4-under through his first seven holes. Doug Ghim and Jordan Spieth, who is off to a great start with birdies on three of his first four holes to start the day, are one shot back. After a bogey on 15, Tiger Woods, who has been playing with fire with his putting all morning, is back to 1-over for the round.

With golfers usually making up scores when a hole is a Par 3, the early stages of Round 1 at the PGA are proving difficult. So far, only nine birdies have been made on the four Par 3 holes that have been played (No. 3, 8, 11, 14). But there have been 20 bogeys on those holes as well. Viktor Hovland, Rory McIlroy, after his birdie on No. 13, Doug Ghim, Xander Schauffele, Robert MacIntyre, Jordan Spieth and Sahith Theegala are on top at 2-under.

Through the early portion of the first round, no golfer has broken through to establish themselves as the one to beat. Doug Ghim and Xander Schauffele are the early leaders at 2-under, and there are nine golfers at 1-under, including Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald. Tiger Woods again settled for par on No. 13 and is still 1-over through three holes. Find the live updating PGA Championship leaderboard here.

After Tiger settled for par on his first hole, his tee shot on the par 3 No. 11 went awry, and he had to settle for a bogey. Woods sits at 1-over, and his putting will be the key moving forward to see if he can take advantage of the multiple holes set up for easy scores.

Rory McIlroy knocked down a birdie putt to get his PGA Championship started with a bang. McIlroy joins Martin Kaymer, Xander Schauffele and Luke Donald – who bogeyed No. 5 – at 1-under.

As more golfers join the fray at Valhalla, Luke Donald and Doug Ghim find themselves at the top of the leaderboard at 2-under. Matt Wallace, Xander Schauffele and Adam Hadwin are in a three-way tie for third place at 1-under. Find the live updating PGA Championship leaderboard here.

Tiger Woods had about a 10-foot putt for birdie, but rolled it past the hole to the right. Woods recovered, however, and made his putt for par. Tiger joins 15 other golfers at even at Valhalla.

Luke Donald carded a birdie on the par-3 No. 4 hole to move to 2-under and take early sole possession of the lead at the PGA Championship. Donald’s best finish at a PGA Championship came in 2006 when he tied for third.

Rory McIlroy, who has finished at the top of the leaderboard in his past two tournaments, is just barely off the left side of the fairway as he starts his 2024 PGA Championship.

Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose teed off alongside McIlroy. Johnson and Rose were also in the rough, but just off to the right.

Tiger Woods ripped a perfect drive down the middle of the fairway to kick off his 2024 PGA Championship.

Adam Scott and Keegan Bradley followed, with Bradley joining Woods on the fairway and Scott finding the rough.

The next group off the No. 10 tee will be Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose at 8:25 a.m. ET.

Ludvig Aberg, Xander Schauffele and Justin Thomas are on the course after teeing off on No. 10. The group behind them is Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Keegan Bradley, who are scheduled to tee off at 8:14 a.m. ET.

Nine golfers are through one hole, and Luke Donald leads the way at 1-under. Meanwhile, Doug Ghim, Tyler Collet, Adrian Meronk and Ben Kohles are even-steven. Find the live updating PGA Championship leaderboard here.

After splitting the fairway on his drive off the tee, Luke Donald wrapped up his first hole at the PGA Championship with about a 15-foot putt to card a birdie on the par 4 No. 1 hole.

The Louisville forecast for Round 1 – aside from foggy – says partly cloudy with a high of 83 degrees. Winds from SW at 8 mph, according to the Weather Channel.

The second group is on the course, with Doug Ghim, Tyler Collet and Adrian Meronk teeing off from the No. 10 hole.

Michael Block, Luke Donald and Shaun Micheel have teed off from the par-4 No. 1 hole, and the 2024 PGA Championship has begun.

Morning starting times for the first round of the PGA Championship are being pushed back 10 minutes due to a thick fog hovering at Valhalla.

For cord-cutters, select focuses of the PGA will be available on CBS Sports HQ over the four-day event. Cord-cutters can also turn to Fubo, which carries CBS and ESPN.

  • TV channels: ESPN, ESPN2, CBS
  • Live stream: ESPN+

Thursday: Noon-8 p.m., ESPN

Friday: 1-8 p.m., ESPN

Saturday: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., ESPN; 1-7 p.m., CBS

Sunday: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., ESPN; 1-7 p.m., CBS

Daily TV coverage of the 2024 PGA Championship tournament will be available on ESPN and CBS. ESPN2 will offer an alternate telecast ESPN BET at the PGA Championship from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. followed by PGA Championship with No Laying Up from 1-3 p.m.

Tiger Woods is set to tee off at 8:04 a.m. ET Thursday.

PGA Championship Round 1 start time

The first round of the PGA Championship starts at 7:15  a.m. ET on Thursday when Michael Block, Luke Donald and Shaun Micheel tee off.

PGA Championship tee times for Round 1

Here is every tee time and grouping for Round 1 of the PGA Championship.

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