As Jon Rahm described the difficult conditions Thursday at the PGA Championship, he couldn’t help but take a playful shot at one of his peers in the group ahead. “Hey, Phil shot 4 under on the back nine, so anything is possible,” quipped Rahm, who put together an uneventful even-par 72 that featured just two birdies and two bogeys split evenly between the Ocean Course’s two nines. Of course, that’s relative to the wild opening round that belonged to Phil Mickelson. The 50-year-old lefty bested Rahm by two shots, though his first-round 70 included just eight pars. Mickelson, without a major top-10 since his runner-up to Henrik Stenson at the 2016 Open Championship, began his day with four bogeys in his first six holes.
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KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau may never have been prouder of an even-par round. DeChambeau started strong, too, with a pair of birdies on his first three holes, then got sideways in the middle of the Ocean Course's treacherous back nine. “That's what I was able to do on the back nine.”DeChambeau had an admirer in his own group in defending PGA champion Collin Morikawa. DIFFERENT FEELINGHideki Matsuyama brought the attitude of a major champion into his first major since winning the Masters last month. “Before becoming a major champion, you’re always grinding, pushing, and have never done it before,” he said.NEW YORK POST - Rickie Fowler used Michael Jordan trash-talk matches to help revive career
The only thing that eluded him — and still does — was a major championship victory. We’re on our way back now, though.’’Part of Fowler’s way back included some healthy trash-talk matches against Michael Jordan at the Florida course Jordan owns, The Grove, where Fowler spends a lot of his time practicing. Fowler said he gives Jordan 10 shots in their money matches and, with Jordan’s “over-under’’ about 77. So, here he is, trying to resurrect his game and put his career back on the tracks at one of the most difficult major championship courses there is. I definitely want more.’’Golf is better when Fowler’s playing well.