The 94th PGA Championship and final major of the year got off to a quiet start at the Ocean Course in South Carolina overshadowed as it was by the Olympic Games across the Atlantic. On a night when the world was awash in the ocean currents that swept from Jamaica to take the 200m sweepstakes, there was brilliance to savour on the greens too. Carl Pettersson, a Swede, took the clubhouse lead with a bogey free 66 even as golf fans wondered if there is indeed going to be a 17th different winner at a major championship.
Rory McIlroy, whose struggles in recent times have called to question the young man's ability to translate his talent, made a confident start to a major for the first time since his victory at the US Open last year. The 23 year old had a bogey free 67 that left him just a stroke off the pace along with American Gary Woodland. â€œThis is a great way to start the tournament, with no bogeys and five birdiesâ€ said the Irishman. â€œI haven't had a bogey less round for some time and this is a tremendous foundation to build on.â€