Kevin Kisner, Thorbjorn Olesen share 18-hole lead at PGA

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Kevin Kisner, Thorbjorn Olesen share 18-hole lead at PGA

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Kevin Kisner, Thorbjorn Olesen share 18-hole lead at PGA

CHARLOTTE – The PGA Tour is in Charlotte for the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow. It’s the year’s final major!

We tracked all of Thursday’s action. Catch up with what you may’ve missed….

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UPDATE NO. 64 (8:35 p.m. ET): Our dive into Kisner, as promised:

UPDATE NO. 63 (7:42 p.m. ET): Here’s our look at co-leader Olesen’s day. A synopsis on Kisner is to come.

UPDATE NO. 62 (7:27 p.m. ET): D.A. Points had a chance to tie Olesen at No. 9 (his final hole) but couldn’t roll in a birdie putt. That’s a 68.

But Kevin Kisner makes his own long putt to shoot 67, and that means he and Olesen will co-lead at 4 under through 18 holes.

UPDATE NO. 61 (6:48 p.m. ET): Rory McIlroy finishes with 1-over 72 while Rickie Fowler posts a 2-under 69 and Jon Rahm comes in at 1-under 70.

That’s 2 under cumulative for the group, but McIlroy has to be disappointed by bogey-double bogey at Nos. 13 and 14 that pushed him to play last six in 3 over.

UPDATE NO. 60 (6:38 p.m. ET): Mickelson runs his birdie putt by some 7 feet but drains his par effort at No. 18 to avoid shooting 80. But yeah, an 8-over 79 is pretty brutal.

UPDATE NO. 59 (6:12 p.m. ET): Phil Mickelson is going to need a miracle tomorrow to make the cut.

Lefty hasn’t made a birdie today and is 8 over for the round. He needs par at 18 to break 80. Tough stuff.

UPDATE NO. 58 (5:58 p.m. ET): Jon Rahm manages a second straight birdie at the 15th and now he’s 3 under. Yes, Rahmbo is one back!

UPDATE NO. 57 (5:51 p.m. ET): Patrick Cantlay is now 1 over thanks to this awesome eagle hole-out at the par-5 seventh.

UPDATE NO. 56 (5:41 p.m. ET): Oof, Rory…

McIlroy comes to one of the easiest holes on the course, the drivable par-4 14th, and hooks one into the water, fails to find the green on the next shot following a drop, knocks it to 5 feet from there and then pushes the putt.

Double bogey. And that comes after a bogey at 13. McIlroy has gone from 2 under to 1 over in a flash.

UPDATE NO. 55 (5:35 p.m. ET): There’s nobody who looks like they’ll challenge Olesen’s 4-under lead, but you never know. Jon Rahm birdies 14 to move to 2 under and Rickie Fowler does the same. Kevin Kisner is 2 under through 12 and Ryan Fox is 2 under through nine.

UPDATE NO. 54 (4:55 p.m. ET): Hole-in-one alert! Joost Luiten does so at the par-3 fourth.

It actually only got him back to 5 over, but this is still a great memory.

UPDATE NO. 53 (4:40 p.m. ET): McIlroy birdies the par-5 10th after mammoth drive and hitting over the green in two. That’s now three straight birdies. He’s 2 under and two back!

UPDATE NO. 52 (4:22 p.m. ET): The power trio of Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Jon Rahm are living up to the hype. Fowler birdies No. 9 to go out in 1-under 34, and McIlroy shoots 34 as well. Rahm actually has low nine, though, as a birdie at No. 9 gives him a 2-under 33.

This is already really good.

UPDATE NO. 51 (4:22 p.m. ET): The power trio of Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Jon Rahm are living up to the hype. Fowler birdies No. 9 to go out in 1-under 34, and McIlroy shoots 34 as well. Rahm actually has low nine, though, as a birdie at No. 9 gives him a 2-under 33.

This is already really good.

UPDATE NO. 50 (4:12 p.m. ET): Poor Beef. Andrew Johnston shoots 78 and then withdraws from the PGA Championship due to a shoulder injury.

UPDATE NO. 49 (4:02 p.m. ET): Rory with another birdie at the eighth and he’s 1 under and has his mojo back.

UPDATE NO. 48 (3:45 p.m. ET): Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler both birdie the seventh and both are back to even par.

UPDATE NO. 47 (3:08 p.m. ET): Rory McIlroy bogeys No. 4 and pars the fifth. He’s even par. Better than Fowler, who was 2 under until a triple bogey at No. 5.

UPDATE NO. 46 (3:03 p.m. ET): Tough day for Jordan Spieth, but he battled out a 72.

UPDATE NO. 45 (2:55 p.m. ET): FYI, Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler had some REALLY long approaches into No. 3. (Obviously, this is a joke.)

UPDATE NO. 44 (2:53 p.m. ET): Ben An, beginning his round at No. 10, opens birdie-birdie-birdie. That puts him 3 under already and just one back. He has since parred four to go along with his hot start.

UPDATE NO. 43 (2:51 p.m. ET): Rickie Fowler goes birdie-birdie at Nos. 3 and 4 to move to 2 under. He’s just two back.

UPDATE NO. 42 (2:46 p.m. ET): One of the early disappointments was John Daly’s finish. Long John had to 1 under through 14 with a par 5 coming up but closed bogey-triple bogey to shoot 3-over 74..

UPDATE NO. 41 (2:38 p.m. ET): Everyone’s holing out around the greens!

Rory with the chip in and Kuuuuuuch pitching in! Matt Kuchar moves to 1 under with this brilliant shot.

UPDATE NO. 40 (2:35 p.m. ET): It’s starting.

Rory McIlroy, a two-time winner at Quail Hollow, chips in for birdie at No. 3 and he is now 1 under. Watch. Out.

(By the way, playing opponents Jon Rahm and Rickie Fowler also birdied the hole to move to 1 under.)

UPDATE NO. 39 (2:29 p.m. ET): We want to note Jason Day’s finish. Three over through 13 (he started at No. 10), Day birdied No. 5, eagled the seventh and birdied the eighth to finish the day at 1-under 70. What a late charge.

In the same group, World No. 1 Dustin Johnson also posts 1-under 70.

UPDATE NO. 38 (2:25 p.m. ET): Thorbjorn Olesen comes back from a bogey with a brilliant birdie 18. That’s a 4-under 67 for Olesen, whose first name translates to “Thunderbear.” He has a one-shot lead overall and in the clubhouse.

UPDATE NO. 37 (2:18 p.m. ET): Koepka with some great analysis of the greens, a reason the scores are somewhat U.S. Open-like.

UPDATE NO. 36 (2:02 p.m. ET): Rory McIlroy opens with a solid par and he’s off and running. Olesen has bogeyed 17 to fall back to 3 under. That means the lead is back to 3 under. And it’s a four-way tie for the lead now.

UPDATE NO. 36 (2:02 p.m. ET): Rory McIlroy opens with a solid par and he’s off and running. Olesen has bogeyed 17 to fall back to 3 under. That means the lead is back to 3 under. And it’s a four-way tie for the lead now.

UPDATE NO. 35 (1:51 p.m. ET): Olesen with a big par save at 16 from mid-range and he still leads by one at 4 under. Nobody’s posted better than 68 today. If the Dane can finish par-par, he posts 67.

UPDATE NO. 34 (1:48 p.m. ET): Rory McIlroy is off and CARRIED his opening drive at No. 1 over 300 yards. The drive goes 329 yards total. Granted, the hole is downhill, but still. If you recall, McIlroy had an unreal range session with his power Wednesday. Anyway, McIlroy has begun his round!

UPDATE NO. 33 (1:38 p.m. ET): Brooks Koepka opens in 3-under 68. That’s tied for the clubhouse lead with Gary Woodland, Grayson Murray. Tony Finau, Jim Herman, Paul Casey and Patrick Reed are all in at 2-under 69.

UPDATE NO. 32 (1:30 p.m. ET): Spieth can’t drain his 30-footer for birdie at the ninth. That’s a closing par, and this was a classic Spieth score. Didn’t look good at all, was falling apart, somehow makes birdies late to rally for a good score. Hmm … does that sound familiar?

Anyway, Spieth shoots 1-over 72 on Day 1 here after sitting 3 over with three to play. We think he’ll take that considering the hole he put himself in.

UPDATE NO. 31 (1:27 p.m. ET): Spieth actually birdied the eighth as well to make back-to-back birdies. He’s now 1 over and could come away from this round unscathed.

UPDATE NO. 30 (1:25 p.m. ET): Thorbjorn Olesen birdies 14 and 15 and he now solo leads at 4 under. Grayson Murray is still the clubhouse leader.

UPDATE NO. 29 (1:22 p.m. ET): Don’t look now but Patrick Reed is one back. He’s in with 2-under 69 after birdieing Nos. 3, 6 and 7 to make a late move from 1 over (he started on the back nine).

UPDATE NO. 28 (1:16 p.m. ET): This is how you get right back in it. Jason Day eagles the par-5 seventh (his 16th) to move from +2 to E. This probably saves his round if he doesn’t finish with a dud.

UPDATE NO. 27 (1:05 p.m. ET): Spieth finally with a positive change. He birdies the par-5 seventh to move back to 2 over.

UPDATE NO. 26 (1:04 p.m. ET): Grayson Murray is your early clubhouse leader. He shoots 3-under 68. Tony Finau posts 69 and Hideki Matsuyama is in with 70. Murray is a controversial PGA Tour rookie but did just earn his first Tour win last month.

UPDATE NO. 25 (1:02 p.m. ET): Dustin Johnson is starting to show why he’s World No. 1. A birdie at No. 5 puts him to 1 under for the round (he started at No. 10). He’s T-12 and two back.

UPDATE NO. 24 (12:52 p.m. ET): Jordan Spieth can’t get anything going. He bogeys the sixth, too, as his ball crawls over the right edge on a 10-foot putt. That’s back-to-back bogeys and he’s now 3 over. That’s seven back already.

UPDATE NO. 23 (12:31 p.m. ET): Let’s analyze this leaderboard a little. Herman leads, he’s a PGA Tour winner.

Grayson Murray recently won his first PGA Tour event, and Tony Finau has otherworldly talent (he’s also a Tour winner). Tommy Fleetwood is still in form, as is Brooks Koepka. And look at John Daly in contention early. Certainly not expected, but that development will be a welcome sign for many fans.

So far, some stars are struggling. Jordan Spieth is now 2 over, and Sergio Garcia just made birdie to move back to 4 OVER. Dustin Johnson is even par in his round, which is solid so far.

UPDATE NO. 22 (12:28 p.m. ET): Spieth is getting frustrated. A par at the fourth is followed by a bogey at No. 5. He had a 12-footer for par and thought he hit a good putt but was baffled when it stayed out. He’s now 2 over.

Spieth currently SIX back after Jim Herman reaches 4 under with birdie at 15.

UPDATE NO. 21 (12:18 p.m. ET): Look at John Daly. The ’91 PGA champion is just two off the lead, folks. He has four birdies today, the latest of which came at 14 to move to 1 under. Look out for Long John!

UPDATE NO. 20 (12:04 p.m. ET): Spieth parred the third to keep himself 1 over. Koepka, meanwhile, chipped in for birdie to move to 1 under.

UPDATE NO. 19 (11:46 a.m. ET): Here is your current leaderboard. Herman and Woodland tied at 3 under. Spieth parred the second to remain 1 over.

UPDATE NO. 18 (11:25 a.m. ET): Spieth is struggling. He once again has to scramble but this time can’t convert an up and down. Spieth blasts out of greenside bunker to 10 feet but the putt misses low. For the first time today, Spieth is over par. Now +1 and four back.

UPDATE NO. 17 (11:10 a.m. ET): Spieth with a beautiful up and down at the par-4 18th. To be clear, Spieth bogeyed 16 earlier to move back to even par. So he goes out in even-par 36. Not a bad start.

UPDATE NO. 16 (10:54 a.m. ET): It’s already been a painful day for one guy.

UPDATE NO. 15 (10:48 a.m. ET): Woodland is your solo leader now at 3 under after he birdies No. 7 and Casey bogeys the 17th. It’ll be a par for Spieth at 17 by the way, as he comfortably two-putts there.

UPDATE NO. 14 (10:39 a.m. ET): Spieth bogeys the 16th but is safely aboard the green at the water-shrouded par-3 17th. It hasn’t been flashy, but he’s even par so far.

UPDATE NO. 13 (10:30 a.m. ET): Gary Woodland caught Casey at 3 under. But a bogey dropped him back to -2. Casey is the solo leader once again.

UPDATE NO. 12 (10:17 a.m. ET): We have a birdie! Spieth flails his second shot right at the par-5 15th but chips up to 4 feet and drains the putt! He’s now 1 under and just two back. But “The Green Mile” awaits…

UPDATE NO. 11 (9:54 a.m. ET): Spieth drives the par-4 14th green but just barely. He has a 119-foot putt from front edge that he races by some 15 feet off the green. His returning putt from back fringe misses left. Three-putt par, five straight to start. So far this is Spieth’s best highlight.

UPDATE NO. 10 (9:44 a.m. ET): Jordan Spieth races a 10-footer for birdie at 13 by some 4 feet. But he cleans up for par. Four straight to start and he’s even par.

UPDATE NO. 9 (9:42 a.m. ET): Paul Casey birdies Nos. 11, 12 and 14 and he’s 3 under and leading by one!

UPDATE NO. 8 (9:34 a.m. ET): Jim Herman has now tied the lead! He, Hideki Matsuyama and Chris Wood are all 2 under.

UPDATE NO. 7 (9:20 a.m. ET): Jordan Spieth with an awesome birdie putt from 71 feet at the 12th, and it’s a great putt … but comes up just short. That’s three straight pars to start for the Champion Golfer of the Year.

Seriously this is an incredible lag putt. He had to aim dozens of feet right on this one.

UPDATE NO. 6 (9:09 a.m. ET): A 10-way tie for the lead early!

UPDATE NO. 5 (9:08 a.m. ET): Michael Phelps is watching Spieth!

UPDATE NO. 4 (9:00 a.m. ET): Chris Wood is now your solo leader at 2 under as he starts birdie-birdie after teeing off on No. 10. Spieth begins par-par.

UPDATE NO. 3 (8:47 a.m. ET): Jordan Spieth is off with a par at No. 10. That’s a par 5 but one that is almost unreachable in two. So, not a great or bad start.

UPDATE NO. 2 (8:20 a.m. ET): Hideki Matsuyama starts on No. 10 and starts birdie-birdie! He’s coming off an astonishing 61 to win the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and is picking up right where he left off. He’s tied for the lead!

UPDATE NO. 1 (7:22 a.m. ET): We’re off at the PGA Championship!

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