Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Brooks Koepka Tee Shot Bloodies Course Marshal

Brooks Koepka Tee Shot Bloodies Course Marshal

Speaking ahead of the US PGA Championship, McIlroy, who is the favourite to win the year's final major, said: "I think it's great for the golf schedule". He struggled with his chipping, then three-putted for a seven. It was just the bunker play and the greens.

Spieth played in a threesome alongside Masters victor Sergio Garcia and Koepka, the U.S. Open champion. He was happy with his round because it was hard to make putts.

The speed of the greens at Quail Hollow have already become a talking point and Koepka, who was happy with his round, found it hard.

Woodland opened with birdies at the par-4 second, par-3 sixth and par-5 seventh holes. McDowell remains on level par through five holes, while McIlroy is one-over through six. Charley Hoffman had the lone birdie on the 18th, and the only two birdies on the 17th belonged to Ernie Els and Tommy Fleetwood.

Earlier, there was hardly a breath of wind when local North Carolinian Grayson Murray struck the first tee shot at 7:20 a.m. local time (1120 GMT).

The man was knocked to the ground and was pictured bleeding from a head wound, although he was able to joke with Koepka that he had done him a favour by diverting the ball back onto the fairway.

Brooks Koepka says he will try to contact the marshal he hit in the head with a tee shot at the PGA Championship, saying the incident left him feeling "like crap".

South Africa's Ernie Els was hoping to make a splash in his 100th major championship, but the "Big Easy" is off to a rocky start at the PGA Championship.

The PGA Championship venue has three completely new holes, 18 re-grassed greens and dozens of more subtle changes from the course that previous year hosted a PGA Tour event.

"I can't putt any worse than I did today", said Spieth, who, if you haven't heard because you've been living in an underwater cave for the past month, is trying to become the youngest player to complete the career Grand Slam. 5 and 6, where Spieth couldn't save par from 11 and 12 feet, respectively.

One of the most significant changes was combining the opening two holes into one at 524 yards and a sharp dogleg. The other problem is that the hole is 458 yards long.

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