Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy carded contrasting opening rounds of 72 on Thursday as Spieth aims to become the youngest player to complete a career grand slam in the 99th US PGA Championship.
Spieth’s dramatic Open victory at Royal Birkdale means another at Quail Hollow will see him join Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods in having won all four majors.
But the 24-year-old had to birdie two of his last three holes to finish one over, five shots off the lead shared by Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen and American Kevin Kisner.
In contrast, pre-tournament favourite McIlroy – who has won two PGA Tour events at Quail Hollow – was two under par for 12 holes before dropping three shots in the next two holes.
What will both do today?
Friday day two tee times
(USA unless stated, all times Local, -5hrs from BST):
(a) denotes amateurs
Starting at hole 1
- 0720 Bud Cauley, David Muttitt, Graham DeLaet (Can)
- 0730 Rod Perry, Yuta Ikeda (Jpn), Emiliano Grillo (Arg)
- 0740 Joost Luiten (Ned), Paul Claxton, Russell Henley
- 0750 Thongchai Jaidee (Tha), Patrick Cantlay, Soren Kjeldsen (Den)
- 0800 Omar Uresti, Y.E. Yang (Kor), Shaun Micheel
- 0810 Marc Leishman (Aus), Danny Lee (Nzl), Anirban Lahiri (Ind)
- 0820 Kevin Chappell, Byeong-Hun An (Kor), Mackenzie Hughes (Can)
- 0830 Jonas Blixt (Swe), Steve Stricker, Brian Harman
- 0840 Tyrrell Hatton (Eng), D.A. Points, Adam Hadwin (Can)
- 0850 Martin Laird (Sco), Bill Haas, Graeme McDowell (NIrl)
- 0900 Jeunghun Wang (Kor), Alexander Levy (Fra), Jamie Broce
- 0910 JJ Wood, Ryan Fox (Nzl), Haotong Li (Chn)
- 0920 Jaysen Hansen, Cody Gribble, Chez Reavie
- 1235 Stuart Deane, Shane Lowry (Irl), Pablo Larrazabal (Spa)
- 1245 Alex Noren (Swe), Scott Hebert, Russell Knox (Sco)
- 1255 Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn), Ernie Els (Rsa), Ian Poulter (Eng)
- 1305 Robert Streb, Daniel Summerhays, Chris Wood (Eng)
- 1315 Tommy Fleetwood (Eng), Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed
- 1325 Charl Schwartzel (Rsa), Bubba Watson, Paul Casey (Eng)
- 1335 Brooks Koepka, Sergio…