U.S. PGA Championship. Gary Woodland Has1st Round Lead.

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Gary Woodland, USA, has the first round lead at the 100th U.S. PGA Championship at  Bellerive Country Club in St Louis.

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Gary Woodland / getty

Gary shot -6 under par 64 to lead the 100th U.S. PGA Championship, by one stroke.

Gary is from  neighboring Kansas, and had many friends with him all day. A change to an oversized putting grip worked well;

“You work so hard and you want to see results to back up the work that you’ve done and today was just a step in the right direction.”

“I have a million friends and family out here which is pretty cool but I was probably off pressing a little bit and I settled in there really on five and outside of that I hit the golf ball beautifully.”

“I’m just happy and excited to be as close to home as I’ll ever be.”

Rickie Fowler carded a first round -5 under par 65 to take second place, he is aware that it can take time before getting Major win;

“I always have hope. I know Phil didn’t win until his 30s.”

“I don’t know the exact numbers, but it’s not something I necessarily worry about.”

“Keep putting ourselves in position, get in contention, we have had plenty of runners-up, Jack had a lot of runners-up, we’ll just keep beating down that door.”

“It sounds cliché, hole by hole, shot by shot, but Thursday you can check the success box and move on to Friday.”

Fowler forges to early lead at PGA Championship

Rickie, playing in Yellow in Honor of Jarrod Lyle / getty

Brandon Stone, South Africa, and Zach Johnson. USA, share  third place, both carding -4 under 66 for their opening rounds.

These guys are followed by a huge group of 11 players at -3 under, which  includes World Number One Dustin Johnson, World Number Three Justin Rose, 2015 champion Jason Day, Pat Perez, Thomas Pieters and Ian Poulter.

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