PGA Championship Round 1 live updates: Xander Schauffele sets course record, grabs early 3-shot lead

Xander Schauffele wasted no time at Valhalla on May 16, 2024, Thursday morning. He went low to kick off the 106th PGA Championship. He posted a course-record 9-under 62 to grab an early three-shot lead over the field when he hit the clubhouse. His bogey-free round tied the lowest round in major championship history, something he has now done twice. He finished in second last week at the Wells Fargo Championship, which marked his eighth top-10 finish so far this season on the PGA Championship Tour.

Schauffele has not won a major championship yet in his career, but he is inside the top 20 at ever major but two since 2019. By all accounts, he is due. Though his early lead was impressive, it likely will not hold. There is still a lot of golf to be played on Thursday, let alone the rest of the week in Louisville. Tiger Woods stumbled to close out his round.

Woods made back-to-back bogeys in his final two holes and carded a 1-over 72 in the early wave. Rory McIlroy, on the other hand, made three birdies in his final five holes to get to 5-under, which has him right in the mix. Scoring has definitely gotten harder as the day has gone on. Only four of the top 19 players on the leaderboard are on the course.

Only one player in the top nine, Thomas Detry (-4), is still playing.

After a bogey at five stalled Scottie Scheffler’s round for a moment, he took advantage of the par-5 seventh, knocking in a four-footer for birdie to get back to 3-under. It has not been a good day for Jon Rahm. He has bogeyed four of his first six holes, including an absolute shank on No. 6. He missed the green by 40 yards to the left. He did birdie the seventh to slow the bleeding, but he has got a lot of work to do if he is going to get back in contention.

Some days, it is better than others. It is just the way it is. Woods clawed out a 1-over round to open the PGA Championship on Thursday. Scheffler just bogeyed the fifth after landing in a greenside bunker. That dropped him back to 2-under for the day. Matching Schauffele’s bogey-free round is now out of the question. He just birdied No. 4 to get to 3-under for the day.

The last time the PGA Championship was played at Valhalla, McIlroy won.

Scheffler birdies the fourth, taking him to 3-under after his first-hole eagle. He stood at the first tee nine strokes behind clubhouse leader Schauffele. Two swings later, Scheffler had sliced Schauffele’s lead to seven. Since McIlroy’s two major titles in 2014, however, he has come up short every single time. But he is back near the top of the leaderboard after his opening round 66 on Thursday in Louisville.

Scheffler was not going to let anybody forget about him. He just holed his second shot at the PGA Championship from the middle of the fairway to immediately get to 2-under, because of course he did. Bryson DeChambeau was toiling through his round, sitting at even par through 15 holes. That eagle at No. 7 started on the back nine put him at 2-under and into the hunt.

Schauffele is now the first person to ever shoot a 62 in a round at a major championship multiple times. Schauffele has set a course, PGA Championship and major (tied) record with a 9-under 62. Woods bogeyed his last two holes and is at +1. The morning tee times look to have the advantage as they got out before the course dried out. Schauffele posted a 9-under 62 to open the PGA Championship.