Quick hits: Weather might be an issue at Valhalla

The weather held up for Tiger Woods' afternoon practice round on Wednesday, but the field could face different afternoon conditions on Thursday.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – There might be an advantage to playing early on Thursday at the PGA Championship, as Mother Nature might wreak some havoc this afternoon.

The forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies on Thursday morning at Valhalla, with a 40 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms rolling into the area around 2 p.m. EDT. The temperature will reach a high of 85 degrees with little to no wind.

Thunderstorms are in the forecast for all four days of the tournament, with Friday carrying the biggest threat with a 70 percent chance of inclement weather.

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Off we go

Club pro Brian Norman of The Lakes at Castle Hills in The Colony, Texas officially got the 96th PGA Championship underway on Thursday, hitting the first tee shot off No. 1. There are 156 players in the field, with Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Victor Dubuisson and Geoff Ogilvy registering after Tuesday's 5 p.m. EDT deadline, receiving extensions to register up until their tee times today.

The morning wave will tee off on both tees from 7:30 a.m. to 9:35 a.m. EDT, while the afternoon is set for 12:40 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. EDT.

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Did you know?

Some great nuggets, courtesy of the PGA of America:

• 66 was the low score after the first round in each of the first two PGA Championships played at Valhalla. Kentuckian Kenny Perry led after 18 holes in 1996, and Tiger Woods and Scott Dunlap shared the lead in 2000.

• Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have been paired 31 times on the PGA Tour. They will make it 32 when they tee off with 2008 PGA Champion Padraig Harrington, Thursday at 8:35 a.m. on No. 10.

• Rickie Fowler has won twice as a professional – 2012 Wells Fargo Championship and 2011 Kolon Korea Open – and each time Rory McIlroy finished second.

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