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The Latest: Brooks Koepka with another 63 in the PGA

The Newest at the PGA Championship on Thursday at Bethpage Black (all occasions native):

1:40 p.m.

Brooks Koepka is the primary participant to shoot 63 in consecutive years at main championships.

Koepka’s protection of his PGA Championship were given off to a file get started when he holed a 35-foot birdie putt at the 9th hollow for a 7-under 63 to set the route file at Bethpage Black.

It used to be the 17th spherical of 63 on the PGA Championship, and Koepka was the primary participant to do it two times. He additionally had a 63 ultimate 12 months at Bellerive on his option to profitable the Wanamaker Trophy.

Vijay Singh and Greg Norman are the one different gamers with two rounds of 63 at majors. Singh first did it at Inverness within the 1993 PGA Championship, and once more at Olympia Fields within the 2003 U.S. Open. Norman did it on the 1986 British Open when he gained at Turnberry, and within the opening spherical of the 1996 Masters.

Koepka had a four-shot lead a number of the early starters at Bethpage.

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midday

Already six photographs in the back of on the flip, Tiger Woods has became it round at the entrance 9 on the PGA Championship.

Woods, who had a couple of double bogeys at the again 9 at Bethpage Black, made back-to-back birdies, overlooked a 10-foot birdie probability on the par-Three 3rd after which holed a 30-foot eagle putt at the fourth hollow.

That put Woods at 1 below thru 13 holes.

Protecting champion Brooks Koepka used to be nonetheless at five below and led by way of two over Tommy Fleetwood and Luke Record.

Handiest 12 of the 78 gamers who began Thursday morning had been below par.

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11 a.m.

Protecting champion Brooks Koepka is at it once more on the PGA Championship.

The 29-year-old is tied for the lead with two Englishmen after taking pictures a bogey-free Three below within the opening spherical.

Beginning at the again 9, Koepka birdied the 10th, 14th and 18th holes searching for his fourth main. He gained the U.S. Open in 2017 and ’18.

Tommy Fleetwood and Matt Wallace percentage the lead in a spherical that has noticed Tiger Woods fight with two double bogeys that experience left him Three-over.

Contemporary off his Masters victory for his 15th profession main, Woods doubled his first hollow — No. 10 at the public route on Lengthy Island — after using into the tough. His 2nd got here at No. 17 after his tee shot at the par-Three landed in a bunker and his shot out ended a long way from the outlet.

Francesco Molinari used to be at even par at the sunny however windy morning.

Wallace birdied 4 of the primary six holes ahead of bogeying the 8th. Fleetwood is Three below thru 12 holes.

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7:40 a.m.

Tiger Woods is again at Bethpage Black after a past due determination to skip the overall spherical of observe on the PGA Championship.

Woods had deliberate to play the entrance 9 early Wednesday morning, however by no means confirmed up on the route. That ended in hypothesis his surgically repaired again used to be performing up. His supervisor says all used to be wonderful.

Coming off his emotional win on the Masters, Woods is within the conventional workforce of present main champions. He’s with U.S. Open and PGA champion Brooks Koepka and British Open champion Francesco Molinari.

The forecast used to be just right. The route used to be comfortable and rainy. The rankings had been predictable. With a two-tee get started, gamers beginning at the again 9 had a much more tough get started. Thomas Pieters opened with a triple bogey at No. 10. Kiradech Aphibarnrat had back-to-back double bogeys.

The one early drama used to be J.J. Spaun. He used to be within the first workforce and walked onto the tee at No. 1 with a minute to spare, heading off a two-shot penalty. It did not appear to trouble him. He used to be 2 below thru 4 holes.

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7:15 a.m.

Tiger Woods is going after his subsequent main on a well-known golfing route for a PGA Championship hung on an unfamiliar spot at the calendar.

The 101st PGA Championship started Thursday morning on Bethpage Black, the primary time it’s been held in Might since 1949. The general public route referred to as the “folks’s nation membership” in the past hosted two U.S. Opens.

Rob Labritz, one among 20 membership execs within the 156-man box, hit the outlet tee shot below a clearing sky on a route nonetheless damp from rain. He despatched it smartly to the appropriate within the tough a number of the timber.

Woods performs later within the morning with protecting champion Brooks Koepka and British Open champion Francesco Molinari. Woods has no longer performed a convention spherical since 9 holes Monday morning.

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Extra AP golfing: https://apnews.com/apf-Golfing and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports activities

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