• The US PGA Championship continues at Whistling Straits on Friday
  • Dustin Johnson holds lead going into round two after shooting six under
  • David Lingmerth shot five under with eight players one shot further back
  • Rory McIlroy shot one under 71 in blowy afternoon conditions in Wisconsin
  • Jordan Spieth tied with McIlroy while Tiger Woods struggled to three over

Nicholas Godden for MailOnline

Defending champion Rory McIlroy returned to competitive action after his freak ankle injury with an impressive first round one under par 71 as the world No 1 battled blustery conditions during the opening round of the PGA Championship on Thursday.

McIlroy was kept out of last month’s Open Championship after rupturing a ligament in his left ankle but there were no signs of rustiness as he left himself well placed going into the second round at Whistling Straits.

McIlroy, along with Jordan Spieth, teed off in the afternoon and missed out on the favourable conditions early in the day that saw Dustin Johnson take the lead with a six under 66.

That score couldn’t be bettered by anyone else in the field with Swede David Lingmerth ending his impressive round just one shot behind. Tiger Woods endured another frustrating day in the final major of the year – the American shooting three over par 75 leaving him way down the leaderboard.

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McIlroy will be disappointed with that… he left himself a lot to do after his tee shot at 7 landed up a difficult bank. 

He does well to chip it five yards past the pin but he can’t sink it. Bogey and he’s back to -2.

Spieth nearly putts a monster 40ft effort but it breaks late. He remains on -6.

Stenson has fired himself to -4 today, with birdies at the 10,11, 15, 17, 2, 5 and 6 but he’s finally had a poor hole.

He three-putts on the difficult 7th, which will disappoint him but he’s still had a brilliant round nevertheless. 

Stenson is slowly working his way up the leaderboard

McIlroy and Spieth par five but look confident of birdieing the sixth.

Rory drives it 323 yards at the short par four – meaning he is just short and to the left of the green there.

A chip leaves him 10ft past the flag and it does it. Knocks it into the cup for birdie.

But don’t forget about Spieth… he now shares the lead with a three after Lingmerth bogeys yet again, the rollercoaster continues.

Stenson is continuing his fine round and birdies the sixth hole to be -8 for the day.

He’s four under overall and in prime position to attack the leaders.

Unbelievable golf.

He’s only parred three holes all day and birdies at 14 to go seven under. 

Spieth misses his birdie putt to remain two shots behind, while McIlroy (-2) has lost his momentum and pars again.

Zach Johnson is struggling to even make the cut at the moment, he’s not had a good time.

David Lingmerth now shares the lead AGAIN after back-to-back birdies from the 12th.

He’s a real maverick and an exciting player to watch.

He hasn’t parred for eight holes having gone double bogey-bogey-bogey-birdie-bogey-birdie-birdie from the the seventh.

Everyone loves a gung-ho attitude.

Lingmerth has had a topsy-turvy round but now shares the lead

Henrik Stenson is making up for his awful round yesterday, and is now -6 for the day and -2 overall, terrific turnaround.

He’s impressively played the back nine in just 31 strokes.

McIlroy saves himself a par despite seeing his second shot bounce horribly on the green, leaving him a difficult recovery shot.

A brilliant eagle on the 16 is followed by a birdie after sending his tee shot eight feet short of the pin.

He’s -6 and level with Johnson.

A birdie on the 18th, not only will be the sole leader but would tie the lowest ever Major round (63).

Rory strikes his tee shot at the third straight towards the flag, it lands about 15ft short.

He’s inches from a birdie, but it breaks late and leaves him a comfortable par putt. He stays at -2.

But here comes Spieth! What a birdie putt, and he’s a shot off the lead at -5.

Piercy bogeys at 8 as is no longer joint leader, he’ll be disappointed with that.

Lingmerth’s rollercoaster round continues with bogey at 11 and birdie at 12.

After brilliantly birdieing 1, 2 and 4… Justin Thomas has been on fire.

But I may have cursed him.

He drives straight into water and double bogeys, disaster. 

Rory smashes his drive down the centre of the fairway on 2, then places his second just off the front to the right.

He beautifully chips up onto the green from 25 feet… the ball rolls… and he sinks it! 

Eagle, brilliant from Rory.

He’s back to -2.

Spieth (-4) and Johnson (+2) have to settle for pars.

It’s all going wrong for Lingmerth. The double-bogey at the 7th has seen him lose his head.

Then one more, this time at 9, and he’s gone from three under for his round through 6 and finds himself -4. 

BUT He fights back and birdies the tenth, back to -5. Talk about a rollercoaster.


Justin Thomas has made it three birdies in four holes, to leave him five under for the day. An 11ft hole putt after a terrific approach to green, has seen him climb the leaderboard to tie for third.

Scott Piercy has just carded a birdie on the par five fifth to tie the lead with Dustin Johnson at six under after he began his round with a birdie on the first.

A nightmare couple of holes for David Lingmerth sees him card a double bogey on the par three seventh after a two-shot penalty before settling for another bogey on the eighth.

Three dropped shots pushes him back to five under and just like that all his excellent work early this morning is undone.

Justin Thomas birdies the par four first as he enters his back nine with a steady six-footer before following it up with another birdie on the par five second after missing out an eagle. Thomas has moved to four under for the championship.

Anything McIlroy can do, Jordan Spieth can do too. The American makes a birdie on the 16th as well to leave him two under for the Championship.

After six straight pars this morning Rory McIlroy sinks his first birdie on the par five 16th. The Northern Irishman had a look at an eagle missed it by a foot for a simple tap-in.

American Kevin Chappell has just carded birdies on the first and second as he enters his back nine. The 29-year-old has moved to three under championship and is four under for the round.

Henrik Stenson is making his move up the leaderboard too. The Swede is four under through seven this morning and level par for the championship.

David Limgmerth cards his third birdie of the round on the par five fifth. It takes the Swede two clear of Dustin Johnson at the top of the leaderboard. 

Meanwhile, Koumei Oda has carded back-to-back birdies on the first and the second as he starts his back nine. Oda is now six under for the round and down to one over for the championship.

Nothing to shout about for the world No 1 at the moment. Rory McIlroy cards his fifth consecutive par. He would have been hoping to build on his first round during a calm morning at the edge of Lake Michigan. It hasn’t happened just yet.

Jordan Spieth has followed up his birdie on the 11th with a bogey on the par three 12th to drop back to one under for the championship. The American finds the bunker to the right of the fairway with is tee shot. Spieth left himself a 22-foot putt to save par but couldn’t.

Below is Spieth’s earlier putt for birdie on the 11th


Brendon de Jonge is moving his way up the leaderboard after carding three birdies in his first seven holes. The Zimbabwean has climbed 28 places and sits three under par for the championship.

David Lingmerth sinks his second birdie in three holes on the par three third to move into the lead on seven under. The Swede drops his tee shot nine foot from the pin and holds his nerve to drain the putt.

David Lingmerth takes the lead on seven under

South African George Coetzee joins Koumei Oda on four under for the second round with back-to-back birdies on the fifth and sixth.

Coetzee moves to two under for the championship and is up 52 places from where he finished yesterday afternoon.

Jordan Spieth strikes first in his battle with Rory McIlroy. The double major winner holds his nerve to drain an 18-foot putt for birdie on the par five 11.

No such joy for McIlroy though, who has to settle for par.

Koumei Oda continues his fine start to the second round with his fourth birdie of his front nine on the 16th.

The Japanese is four under for the round but remains three over for the Championship after yesterday’s 79.

Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth started their second round as they ended the first – neck and neck.

Both had looks at birdies on the 10th but Spieth missed a 25-footer by three before world No 1 McIlroy dropped his 18-footer just inches short as both settled for pars.

David Lingmerth on the charge

Swede David Lingmerth was mightily impressive yesterday afternoon on his way to carding a five under 67 and he has just joined first round leader Dustin Johnson on six under with a birdie on the first.

His tee shot landed in the middle of the fairway before his approach left him with a 25-footer. But Lingmerth wasn’t fazed and drained it to make the perfect start.

Lingmerth off to a flyer

Yes, after surviving a tough opening round at Whistling Straits Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth are back on the golf course ready to begin their second round. Having shot -1 yesterday the pair will be hoping to improve on their score as they tee-off alongside Zach Johnson. Can defending champion McIlroy make the halfway cut?

McIlroy tees off on the 10th

South African George Coetzee has carded back-to-back birdies on the first and the second to begin round two and move back to level par. Coetzee sunk a 25-foot putt on the first and a 15-footer on the second to begin the day in perfect fashion.

American Steve Striker starts his second round with a birdie after a lovely approach on the 10th left him with a four-foot putt.

There is also an early birdie for YE Yang after draining a nine-footer to move three under for the tournament.

And there is also a third birdie in the first four holes for Japan’s Koumei Oda as he sinks an incredible 35-foot putt.

Koumei Oda carded a seven over par 79 on Friday afternoon, but the Japanese has already started eating into the score.

Oda has sunk two birdies, one on the 10th and one on the 12th, to move two under for the morning. 

Oda struggled on Thursday

The 2016 Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke, who is celebrating his 46th birthday today, starts his second round.

He headed back to the clubhouse yesterday on six over par after a disappointing opening round of 78. He starts with par over on the 10th.

The 2009 PGA Championship winner YE Yang was one the four players that managed to shoot a score of 70 or less yesterday. The South Korean carded two under par for the opening round and will be hoping to build on that in the clear conditions this morning.

George McNeil, playing alongside Emiliano Grillo, has better luck on the first. He finds the fairway with his tee shot and makes it in four to hold for par. 

Sean O’Hare, the third player in the group, manages to sink a birdie despite finding the bunker with his tee shot to move to two over par for the tournament.


After bigging up Argentine EMiliano Grillo for that opening round of 70, he goes and drops a shot on the first hole. His tee shot landed straight in the bunker to the right of the fairway before finding the sand again short of the green. He moves to one under for the tournament. Not a great start to the morning.

Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, playing together, will be out on the course just after 2pm (BST), around 10 minutes after Swede David Lingmerth, who shot an incredible 67 yesterday afternoon in the blowy conditions.


The first groups of players are out on the course. George McNeill, Charles Frost and Emiliano Grillo, who shot an impressive two under yesterday afternoon, are out on the first. While over on the 10th Koumei Oda, Alex Cejka and Bob Sowards get their second rounds under way. 

There was a clear advantage for the players that went out in the morning on Thursday. There were 19 scores of 70 or better in the morning, compared to just four in the afternoon when the wind picked up.

Ian Poulter is hoping to make the most of the calmer breeze today in his quest for birdies.

MARTIN DOMIN: Tiger Woods let his frustrations get the better of him when he swore three times during a disappointing first round at the US PGA Championship on Thursday.

The former world No 1 shot a three-over 75 on the opening day of the year’s final major at Whistling Straits and lies nine shots adrift of leader Dustin Johnson.

And the American looks certain to face a heavy fine having yelled ‘What the f*** is wrong with you?’ after leaving a long putt short on the third hole.


DEREK LAWRENSON: Back with a bang would be stretching it but Rory McIlroy returned to the game with an opening round so encouraging the description might yet be apt come the end of the 97th PGA Championship.

Out in the capricious winds that tormented the afternoon starters and without the benefit of any competitive play for 53 days to fortify his challenge, the world number one and defending champion displayed his class nonetheless to deliver a fine one under par score of 71.

He even threw in the shot of the day, a moment of genius from out of a water hazard adjacent to the fifth green that had his playing partner Jordan Spieth, the short game maestro himself, nodding his approval.


Whistling Straits Golf Course sits on the bank of Lake Michigan, which is three quarters the size of Scotland.

If you want to know more about the course make sure you check out Sportsmail’s brilliant interactive guide HERE.

Dustin Johnson leads the way after the first round following his six under par 66 on Thursday morning. The American, who came so close to winning the tournament on the same course five years ago, was helped by favourable conditions.

Rory McIlroy returned to competitive action following injury to shoot an impressive one under par as he contended with high winds in the afternoon. Joprdan Spieth, who is bidding to win his third major of the year, joined McIlroy on one under.

Good afternoon, or morning depending on where you’re joining us from today. Welcome along to Sportsmail’s live coverage of the PGA Championship from Whistling Straits, Wisconsin. We will be bringing you all the action as it happens as the players take to the course for the second round of the final major of the year.



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