Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.


  1. Leader: -4 Olesen (18) Kisner (18)
  2. -3 Murray (18) Kopeka (18) Woodland (18) Stroud (18) D.A Points (18)
  3. -2 Finau (18); Herman (18) Reed (18) Casey (18) Cauley (18) Fowler (18)
  4. Selected others: -1 Rahm (18); +1 McIlroy (18); Westwood (18); +3 Poulter (18) Stenson (18); +4 Garcia (18) +5 Rose (18)

Live Reporting

By Jamie Lillywhite and Matthew Henry

All times stated are UK

Get involved


So that's about it for the opening round of the US PGA Championship from Quail Hollow, North Carolina. Rory reached two under before dropping back to plus one, five off the first day lead. He has an early start on Friday, from the 10th tee, and is off at 08:25 local time, 13:25 BST.

Look out for in-play clips during round two on the BBC website and we will be back with you during the afternoon. Cheerio now.

Matt Henry's comprehensive account of round one is now published on the BBC website, with reaction and analysis.

Read it here.

First round leaderboard

-4 Olesen; Kisner

-3 Woodland; Murray; Koepka; Stroud; D.A Points

-2 Finau; Herman; Reed; Casey; Cauley; Fowler; Harman

-1 Matsuyama; Fleetwood; Oosthuizin; Day; D. Johnson; Rahm; J Smith

Selected others

level Z. Johnson; Scott; Kuchar

+1 McIlroy; Spieth

+2 Westwood; Thomas

+3 Poulter; Stenson; Schwartzel

+4 Garcia

+5 Rose

+8 Pieters

+9 Els

Just before we leave you, here is a look back at the shots of the day.

Wiltshire's Jordan Smith has completed an excellent one under 70, recovering superbly from a double bogey at the first hole and he is in a share of 15th place after the first day.

Si Woo Kim withdraws

A reminder that Andrew "Beef" Johnston withdrew due to a shoulder injury after his 78 and we have another who will not be with us tomorrow, Si Woo Kim has pulled out because of a back problem following his 79.

Some thoughts from joint leader Kevin Kisner, who is asked if Quail Hollow is a "bomber's" (long hitters) course: "I think almost every course we play is a bomber's course.

"But I don't care how far they hit it, the rough is brutal and I wouldn't want to be in, it the greens are so firm it's difficult to hold it."

Relive the US PGA's greatest moments

Just waiting for Jordan Smith to play the final hole, but while we wait, here are just a few of the US PGA's greatest moments for you to enjoy...

A 23-year-old Tiger against a 19-year-old Sergio in 1999, Phil's thrilling Monday victory in 2005 and Rory's record eight-stroke victory in 2012.

Great moments from US PGA Championship history

Rory McIlroy +1

Ken Brown

BBC Sport commentator

A one-over par 72 was not bad overall for Rory McIlroy. The afternoon players had it slightly tougher, with the wind getting up.

The greens were super fast. Judging the line and pace was tricky.

There were three other birdies and he reached two under for the Championship before dropping a shot at the par three 13th - he bogeyed all three short holes in fact (if you can call a 259-yard par three a short hole).

Then there was this three wood tee shot into the water at the 14th for a double bogey, but he parred his way in and will be five shots off the lead going into round two.

He didn't need the putter to pick up his first birdie of the day, with this delicate chip dropping into the cup at the third.

Let's have a look back at Rory's one over 72 and, as you might expect, he hit some tumultuous drives.

Rory McIlroy speaking to BBC Sport: "If someone told me I would shoot one-over-par this morning I probably wouldn't have taken it but the course played tricky. It would have been nice to shoot under par but I played a three hole stretch on the back nine three over par. That was the only thing that derailed my round. I was expecting to play that under par.

"I have got chance tomorrow morning to get the shots back."

Tied at the top

We have joint leaders because American Kevin Kisner has birdied the formidable 18th with a curling putt from 18 feet or so and the 33-year-old joins Thorbjorn Olesen at four under.

Indian Anirban Lahiri almost finds the perfect finish on the 9th hole (his 18th) with this approach.

Veteran American DA Points has got to three under and has sent his approach pin high at the par four eighth, his 17th. One of the few remaining British players out there is Jordan Smith, the Wiltshire player who won his first European Tour title at the European Open last month and the 24-year-old is a creditable one under with a couple left.

Rose challenge wilts

Rose +5 (18)

Dinner won't taste good for Justin Rose. He thought he had rolled that difficult putt at the last in but it missed on the left edge and then he pushed the return putt to the right. He finishes with a five over 76.

England's Justin Rose

Peter Alliss

BBC Sport commentator

So much was talked about the course alterations. It hasn't been the holes so much, but the change of the grass in the greens has caused a tremendous amount of problems.

Now world number 25 Kevin Kisner has moved quietly up to three under, only one behind clubhouse leader Thorbjorn Olesen, and his tee shot just creeps over the water at the par three 17th, trickling into the heart of the green.

Kevin Kisner of America
Getty Images

How they finished

-2 Fowler; -1 Rahm; +1 McIlroy

Rory holes out and he finishes one over, Rahm taps in for a 70 and Fowler beats them both with a 69- and that contained a triple bogey.

No birdie for Rory, another to miss on the right side, and there is still a bit of meat left on the bone for the par.

The final hole is bordering on the 500 yard-mark again but it's just a drive and a very lofted iron, maybe even a wedge, for Rory. He'll have a birdie chance from around 10 feet to get back to level.

Defending champion struggles

Phil beat his playing partner though, defending champion Jimmy Walker double bogeying the last for an 81.

Defending champion Jimmy Walker
Getty Images

Mickelson cards 79

Nicely rolled in from Phil, a touch of the cap to acknowledge the generous applause but his eight over total matches his worst round at the US PGA.

Mickelson fans have no birdie to enjoy today, he has raced his last chance by at the 18th and we could be looking at another dropped shot to take him to nine over.

Mark James

Former Ryder Cup captain on BBC TV

The cut looks like being five over given another good day so this course looks like wreaking havoc.

Peter Alliss

BBC Sport commentator

This is one of Rory's favourite courses but he will have to do something pretty good tomorrow and at the weekend.

After 17 holes

-2 Fowler; -1 Rahm; +1 McIlroy

We've seen a few scruffy chips today as the players have struggled with the slopes and the demonstrative Rahm has his arms outstretched in exasperation as he leaves it 20 feet short. It's another dropped shot for the Spaniard. Fowler makes par and McIlroy, who has hit nine out of 17 greens in regulation, bobbles a birdie chance wide so he stays plus one.

Mickelson +8 (17)

That sums up Phil's day. He has had 94 rounds in the US PGA and there has only been one round where he has not made a birdie. This par putt from four feet spins out of the hole and he is eight over now.

America's Phil Mickelson
Getty Images

Two left for the feature group and a bit of a wait for them on the 17th tee, where there have only been five birdies all day, the third hardest-ranked hole.

After 16 holes

-2 Rahm, Fowler; +1 McIlroy

A three-putt from Rahm, missing on the right from three feet and he drops to two under. Fowler sinks one from 15 feet to remain well placed alongside him at minus two.

Fitzpatrick +5 (16)

Former US amateur champion Matt Fitzpatrick, the Sheffield golfer who reminds me of a young Mike Atherton, has been in the water already today and racks up a double bogey to drop to plus five with a couple left.

Matthew Fitzpatrick
Getty Images

Peter Alliss

BBC Sport commentator

The rough is like playing out of thick parsley.

That 16th hole has water all the way down the left side but Rory has bisected the fairway with a fabulous drive that has gone 320 yards, yet Rahm has somehow put it a couple of yards past that. Monster hitting.

American Patrick Cantlay holes out for eagle at the par 5 seventh to take him back to one over for the day.

Phil has a 40-footer for par at the 16th, it's a good putt but it doesn't drop and the great man is seven over.

Peter Alliss

BBC Sport commentator

The golf course has won so far on this opening day, no doubt about that. It may sound sacrilegious but I think the last couple of hours has rather fizzled out. They are making hard work of it.

After 15 holes

-3 Rahm; +1 McIlroy

Another chip from Rory, from the rough over the bunker, is not up to his usual standard, 10 feet past and he misses the birdie chance, staying at plus one. Rahm rolls his into the front of the cup, however, and the sideboarded Spaniard is three under.

Ken Brown

BBC Sport commentator

I think these greens have been French polished this morning.