Gary Woodland (64) holds lead at PGA Championship

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Gary Woodland (64) holds lead at PGA Championship

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Gary Woodland (64) holds lead at PGA Championship

The year’s final major is upon us.

We tracked all of the action from the opening round of the PGA Championship at Bellerive. Catch up with all Round 1 progress below:

UPDATE No. 18 (8:45 p.m. ET): The day is over and Woodland is indeed your 18-hole solo leader.

Jordan Spieth ended up with an opening 71 as he embarks on an attempt at the career grand slam.

UPDATE No. 17 (7:05 p.m. ET): A par means a 6-under 64 for Woodland and a one-shot lead.

That will almost certainly hold up as the solo lead after 18 holes. Woodland has never even finished top 10 in a major.

UPDATE No. 16 (6:50 p.m. ET): Woodland birdies 17 as well and he’s now your solo leader at 6 under.

Dustin Johnson is in with 3-under 67 which puts him three back at the moment. Poor finish from the World No. 1, but great start overall.

UPDATE No. 15 (6:25 p.m. ET): Gary Woodland gets a 25-footer to drop at the par-3 16th, and he’s now tied for the lead at 5 under!

With a par 5 coming at No. 17, he has a shot at the outright lead.

UPDATE No. 14 (6:20 p.m. ET): DJ has cooled off a little. He bogeyed the 14th to fall to 4 under and out of a share of the lead.

A pair of pars since but then hit his tee shot in the water at the par-5 17th. That leads to a bogey. He’s now back to 3 under heading to the 18th.

But Gary Woodland (through 15) and Zach Johnson (through 13) are both still 4 under with a par 5 to go. So Rickie Fowler remains the solo leader but it’s not a foregone conclusion that will be the case by day’s end.

Brandon Stone, by the way, makes it two straight strong opening rounds at majors. The South African follows an opening 68 at Carnoustie with a first-day 66 at Bellerive that sees him one off the lead.

UPDATE No. 13 (5:10 p.m. ET): OK, make that three straight birdies again and six in the last eight holes.

Dustin Johnson drains a 25-footer at the 13th and he’s now tied for the lead at 5 under! Yeah, he’s World No. 1 for a reason.

UPDATE No. 12 (5 p.m. ET): The World No. 1 is ON FIRE!

Dustin Johnson bogeyed the fourth to fall to 1 over but then chipped in at the sixth to start a run of three straight birdies. He has birdied Nos. 11 and 12, too, and he’s suddenly 4 under.

That puts him one off the lead at the moment.

UPDATE No. 11 (4:35 p.m. ET): Kyle Stanley is 3 under through 11. That’s currently the best round going this afternoon, as conditions were a bit more pristine in the morning.

Here’s a live leaderboard of some other notables. (Matt Dobyns is on the list as at one point he was 3 under through four and he’s currently the leader among club pros.)

UPDATE No. 10 (3:15 p.m. ET): Y.E. Yang begins his tournament birdie-birdie!

Meanwhile, Jordan Spieth opens in double bogey and is 2 over through two.

UPDATE No. 9 (2:30 p.m. ET): Here’s how the big names fared this morning.

Fowler leads by two, and Woods overcomes 3-over-through-two start to post 70. Lefty fires a rough 73. An eventful morning for sure.

UPDATE No. 8 (1:22 p.m. ET): What a start!

Birdies at Nos. 7 and 8 for Rickie Fowler move him to 5 under and he gets in with 5-under 65. That’s the round of the day by two shots thus far. He leads by two over several players.

UPDATE No. 7 (1:05 p.m. ET): Here’s an update on how all the big names are doing in the morning wave Thursday. As you can see, Fowler has now reached 5 under. His lead is now two.

UPDATE No. 6 (12:50 p.m. ET): Rickie Fowler birdies No. 7 (his 16th) and he moves to 4 under. That puts him in solo lead by one. Stewart Cink is 3 under through 12 and Austin Cook is in with 3-under 67.

Justin Thomas bogeyed No. 4 (his 13th) to fall back to 2 under.

UPDATE No. 5 (11:50 a.m. ET): Rickie Fowler is now tied for the lead!

He’s 3 under through 12 and co-leading along with Thomas (out in 3-under 32) and Rafa Cabrera-Bello (also through 12).

UPDATE No. 4 (10:53 a.m. ET): Your defending champion is now tied atop the leaderboard.

Justin Thomas birdies No. 15 (his sixth) and moves to 3 under. That sees him tied with Stewart Cink (3 under through four) for the lead.

UPDATE No. 3 (10:08 a.m. ET): It’s barely past 9 a.m. local time, and the defending champion is already one back.

Birdies at Nos. 11 and 12 move Justin Thomas to 2 under. He’s one back of Ian Poulter, the leader after three early birdies.

UPDATE No. 2 (10 a.m. ET): Some big names are off now, and it’s a mix.

Justin Thomas opens par-birdie, and the defending champion is one back at 1 under. Phil Mickelson has begun par-birdie-bogey to sit even par. Rory McIlroy opens bogey-birdie and finds himself even par. Rickie Fowler is 1 under through five, Jason Day sits even par through three.

Tiger Woods is off to a horrific start. Bogey-double bogey has him 3 over through two holes.

Jim Furyk, your U.S. Ryder Cup captain, is tied for the lead at 2 under!

UPDATE No. 1 (9:20 a.m. ET): Adam Hadwin is your early leader. He birdies Nos. 2 and 3 to move to 2 under.

Nine players overall are under par among the 45 off so far. Low scores have been predicted this week and they may come. But they are slower arriving than we thought so far.

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