Walker Leads At Baltusrol!
American Jimmy Walker made 6 birdies in his round of 65 to finish at -5 and lead the US PGA Championship at Baltusrol.
Players were faced with hot temperatures of 29ºC on day one but this did not affect Walker whose round equalled his best at a Major.
Walker won four events between January 14 and March 15, with three top ten finishes in Majors enabling him to make the 2014 US Ryder Cup Team.
Walker, 37, played well on Thursday with birdies on 1, 7, 13, 15, 16, and 18, took 25 putts in his round, and holed a 30-footer for birdie on 7.
Englishman Ross Fisher finished birdie-birdie to shoot 66 together with Emiliano Grillo and Martin Kaymer who finished 1 shot behind Walker on -4. Fisher said: “I was really solid today and struck the ball well all day.”
Fisher, a 5-time European Tour winner had his best Major finish in 2009 at the US Open where he finished 5th. Fisher hit the turn in 33 and birdied both the closing par fives to move up the leaderboard and shoot his lowest round in a Major.
Grillo turned in 31 and was sharing the lead with Walker until he dropped a shot on 10 and came back with birdies on 14 and 15 to finish 1 back.
Harris English, James Hahn and Andy Sullivan were a further shot back after shooting 67 and finishing at -3.
Sullivan with three European Tour wins last season had a great finish to his round. After starting on 10, he was level par on the 6th tee, making birdies on 6, 7 and 9.
Australian Scott Hend was a shot back after birdies from 13 through 15 to move up the leaderboard in a group with defending champion Jason Day, David Lingmerth and Rickie Fowler.
Bradley Dredge playing his first Major since 2010 and shot 69, as did Jamie Donaldson, Gregory Bourdy, Victor Dubuisson, Lee Westwood and Chris Wood. Branden Grace and Soren Kjeldsen were in the group at level par.
World Number 4 Rory McIlroy shot a first round of 74 to finish at +4. The Austrian Bernd Wiesberger played +5.
Looking forward to more great golf over the next 3 rounds.