Jason Day, Brendon Todd Share PGA Championship Lead
SAN FRANCISCO -- Jason Day took his first step toward a return to the spotlight in the majors Thursday at the PGA Championship. Brooks Koepka never seems to leave. Ditto for Koepka. He missed the cut at the 3M Open in Minnesota two weeks ago. But this is a major. Big Game Brooks is at his best in these.
Day and Brendon Todd wound up in a share of the lead Thursday after an opening-round packed with action, just not cheers. Each posted a 5-under 65 at Harding Park, where fog gave way to the sun, and the wind eased just enough to make the public course accessible to reasonable scoring.
Day, trying to emerge from a slump that has kept him from winning since 2018 and contending in majors since 2016, hit an approach to 6 feet for birdie on No. 9, the second-toughest hole on the course at 518 yards for a par 4 at sea level.
Todd's round was equally impressive. Playing in the afternoon, as the wind strengthened, Todd made seven birdies and finished with a 10-foot par putt.
And what about Tiger Woods? Woods ran off three birdies in a four-hole stretch toward the end of his round that offset a few mistakes. He opened with a 68, a solid start for a 15-time major champion who has played only one tournament in the past six months.