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PGA Championship Round 1 live updates: Xander Schauffele sets course record, grabs early 3-shot lead

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Xander Schauffele wasted no time at Valhalla on Thursday morning.

Schauffele went low to kick off the 106th PGA Championship. He posted a course-record 9-under 62 to grab an early three-shot lead over the field when he hit the clubhouse. His bogey-free round tied the lowest round in major championship history, something he’s now done twice.

Schauffele finished in second last week at the Wells Fargo Championship, which marked his eighth top-10 finish so far this season on the PGA Tour. He hasn’t won a major championship yet in his career, but he’s inside the top 20 at ever major since 2019. By all accounts, he’s due.

Though his early lead was impressive, it likely won’t hold. There’s still a lot of golf to be played on Thursday, let alone the rest of the week in Louisville. Tiger Woods stumbled to close out his round. He made back-to-back bogeys in his final two holes and carded a 1-over 72 in the early wave. Rory McIlroy, on the other hand, made three birdies in his final five holes to get to 5-under — which has him right in the mix.

There’s plenty of other burning questions to be answered this week, too. Will Brooks Koepka be able to repeat? Will Woods’ body hold up? And how many heaters will John Daly fire up during his round? (Let’s put the over-under at four.)

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Live40 updates

  • Scottie Scheffler eagles immediately

    Scottie Scheffler wasn’t going to let anybody forget about him. He just holed his second shot at the PGA Championship from the middle of the fairway to immediately get to 2-under, because of course he did.

  • DeChambeau!

    Bryson DeChambeau was toiling through his round, sitting at even par through 15 holes. And then …

    That eagle at No. 7 (he started on the back nine) put him at 2-under and into the hunt (somewhat).

  • Xander Schauffele is now the first person to ever shoot a 62 in a round at a major championship multiple times.

    More on Schauffele’s historic start from Jay Busbee on the ground at Valhalla.

    LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - MAY 16: Xander Schauffele of the United States and Justin Thomas of the United States walk off the ninth green during the first round of the 2024 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on May 16, 2024 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - MAY 16: Xander Schauffele of the United States and Justin Thomas of the United States walk off the ninth green during the first round of the 2024 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on May 16, 2024 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    Click the photo to read more about Xander Schauffele’s historic start at Valhalla on Thursday afternoon. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • Round 1 so far …

    Here’s a quick recap on the day so far:

    – Xander Schauffele has set a course, PGA and major (tied) record with a 9-under 62. Yeah, he’s in first, three shots clear of …

    – Tony Finau, who’s just ahead of …

    – A collection of big names that includes: Rory McIlroy (-5), Brooks Koepka (-4) and Cam Smith (-3)

    – Tiger Woods bogeyed his last two holes and is at +1.

    – The morning tee times look to have the advantage as they got out before the course dried out. The afternoon crew won’t be hitting to the same soft greens. That wave includes world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, who’s about to tee off.

  • Cam Smith makes things interesting

    This is just Cam Smith hitting his second shot on No. 7 out of the water … and ultimately saving par.

  • Rory McIlroy in T3

    Rory McIlroy missed a long birdie putt at the ninth, but he’s right in the mix after a solid opening round. McIlroy posted a 5-under 66, thanks to four birdies on his back nine, and now sits in T3.

    It was his 19th career round of 66 or lower at a major.

  • Tiger’s bogey-bogey finish

    After briefly getting into the red, Tiger Woods stumbled a bit to close out his opening round at Valhalla. He ended his day with a pair of bogeys after back-to-back 3-putts.

    He finished with a 1-over 72. That has him in T55, 11 shots back of Xander Schauffele.

  • A perfect scorecard for Xander Schauffele.

  • Leaderboard reset

    With Xander Schauffele’s historic round now complete, here’s an early look at where things stand at Valhalla.

    Leaderboard:

    1. Xander Schauffele (-9) (F)

    2. Tony Finau (-6) (14*)

    T3. Rory McIlroy (-5) (16*)

    T3. Robert MacIntyre (-5) (15)

    5. Ben Kohles (-4) (F)

    Other Notables:

    T9. Justin Thomas (-2) (F)

    T9. Jordan Spieth (-2) (14*)

    T19. Brooks Koepka (-1) (14*)

    T31. Tiger Woods (E) (17*)

    T78. Michael Block (+5) (F)

    Yet To Tee Off:

    Cam Davis

    Jason Day

    Phil Mickelson

    Collin Morikawa

    Rickie Fowler

    Jon Rahm

    Patrick Reed

  • Xander Schauffele sets course record

    Xander Schauffele’s historic round is now officially in the books.

    Schauffele posted a 9-under 62 to open the PGA Championship. That set a new course record at Valhalla, and gave him a 3-shot lead over the field in the early wave.

    Schauffele’s bogey-free round surpassed José María Olazábal, who fired a 63 in his third round at Valhalla in 2000. The 62 tied the lowest round at a major championship in history, too, something he’s now done twice.

  • Max Homa bouncing back

    Max Homa is finally making moves. He’s just made his third straight birdie, and his sixth of the day, to get to 3-under.

  • Tiger Woods back under par

    Finally, after missing a few chances earlier, Tiger Woods is back in the red. Woods sank a birdie putt at the 7th, which marked his first birdie at a par 5 today.

    He’s still well back of Xander Schauffele, but he’s T17 with two holes to go in his opening round. Not a bad spot to be.

  • Rory is hanging in there

    After nearly landing in the bunker at No. 5, Rory McIlroy just pulled out a birdie chip-in. He’s at 3-under now in T4.

  • Xander Schauffele’s lead is at four now after a simple two-putt birdie at the par-5 7th. He’s at 9-under, and seriously looking at the new course record at Valhalla.

  • The plight of Xander

    Here’s what Xander Schauffele is trying to overcome:

    No, he hasn’t won a major yet, but he’s ALWAYS in contention. Outside of two missed cuts (Masters 2022, PGA 2021) and a T41 at the 2019 Open, he’s finished inside the top 20 at every major since 2019 — 17 of the last 20. That includes nine top 10s.

    He’s got the game to win, he just needs to finish.

  • Tiger Woods just missed a very makeable birdie putt at No. 5. He’s hanging out at even par with four holes to go in his opening round.

  • Xander Schauffele is just a few birdies away from a historic opening round at Valhalla.

  • Xander takes 3-shot lead

    It’s almost too easy for Xander Schauffele out there right now. He tapped-in for another birdie after just missing an eagle at No. 4 to grab a 3-shot lead over the field.

  • Rory looked pretty happy with this approach at No. 1.

    He’s at 2-under now after a birdie to open his back nine.

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