World no. 3 Rory McIlroy carded a five under 67 in the first round of the US PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, South Carolina.
Carl Pettersson fired a tidy, bogey-free six-under-par 66 for a one-shot lead over McIlroy alongside big-hitting American Gary Woodland, Spain’s Ryder Cup hopeful Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and another Swede, Alex Noren.
Dutchman Joost Luiten reached eight under after 14 holes but bogeyed the last four to card a 68. Defending champion Keegan Bradley with John Daly, who won the tournament in 1991 also opened with a 68 to lie four under.
Graeme McDowell together with Aaron Baddeley, Adam Scott, K.J. Choi and Canadian Open champ Scott Piercy to be part of a group who finish at four under 68.
World no. 2 Tiger Woods, Wales’s Irish Open champion Jamie Donaldson, and Justin Rose who both shot a three-under-par round of 69.
It was a miserable day for world no. 4 Lee Westwood, who shot five bogeys, while world no. 1 Luke Donald did not fare much better a double bogey on the 17th, where he ended up in the water, seeing him finish two over.
US PGA First Round Leaderboard:
-6: Carl Pettersson (Sweden)
-5: GaryWoodland (US), Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland), Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spain), Alex Noren (Sweden),
-4: John Daly (US), Keegan Bradley (US), Scott Piercy (US), Joost Luiten (Netherlands),Geoff Ogilvy (Australia), Aaron Baddeley (US), Adam Scott (Australia), Graeme McDowell (Northern Ireland)
Selected others, -3: Tiger Woods (US), Justin Rose (England); -2: Ian Poulter (England)
Par: Ernie Els (South Africa), Hunter Mahan (US); +1: Bubba Watson (US), Darren Clarke (Northern Ireland), Phil Mickelson (US), Paul Lawrie (Scotland); +2: Luke Donald (England); +3: Lee Westwood (England)