Columbia’s Dustin Johnson got off to a strong start in the PGA Championship on Thursday at the Quail Hollow Club.
Johnson shot a 1-under 70, to put himself in good position heading into the final three rounds.
Wesley Bryan, the former Dutch Fork High and South Carolina star, shot a 3-over 74.
They are among the nine players with South Carolina connections in the tournament.
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William McGirt shot a 6-over 77.
Scott Brown was at 2-over and Kyle Stanley was at 5-over after their first rounds.
Lucas Glover, Kevin Kisner, Russell Henley and Bill Haas were scheduled to tee off in the afternoon.
U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka was among the early leaders at 3-under 68.
The “Green Mile” at Quail Hollow Club has been tough on everyone at the PGA Championship – even a course marshal.
A briefly scary moment unfolded during Thursday’s early rounds when Koepka’s drive on No. 16 hit the marshal. The shot sailed wide right and struck the marshal near the ropes.
Video posted on the PGA of America’s Twitter feed showed Koepka checking on the marshal and signing a glove for him as he laid on the ground. The man smiled and appeared to thank the U.S. Open champion for the gesture.
The ball wound up in the fairway, and Koepka went on to bogey the par-4 hole – the first of the course’s challenging “Green Mile” finishing stretch of three holes.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.