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Scottie Scheffler shoots opening round bogey-free 67

Scottie Scheffler shoots opening round bogey-free 67

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – During his pre-tournament interview on Tuesday, Scottie Scheffler said on more than one occasion that his game was in “a really good spot” heading into the 105th PGA Championship at Oak Hill.

On Thursday, Scheffler backed up his confident words, carding a bogey-free 3-under 67 at Oak Hill, which tied him with Canadian Corey Conners for second place, just one stroke off the pace set by Bryson DeChambeau.

“Today was probably the easiest conditions we’ll see all week with the golf course. So getting around with no bogeys was really good,” Scheffler said. “If you can limit the mistakes, good things will happen, I guess.”

Good things have been happening for Scheffler all year. He already has bagged two PGA Tour titles, the WM Phoenix Open in February and the Players Championship in March. In 10 starts this year, he hasn’t finished worse than T-12, and is coming off a T-5 at the AT&T Byron Nelson in his hometown of Dallas last week.

Scheffler, who started on the back nine, poured in 15-foot birdie putts at the short par-4 14th and the par-3 fifth and wedged from 121 yards to 3 feet to set up his final birdie of the day at No. 8.

The start of the tournament was delayed for more than an hour by frost, but it didn’t bother Scheffler, who received word that tee times would be pushed back while he was still at his rental house.

“So I showered and shaved and all that stuff. I basically just went back to sleep,” he said.

If there has been any weakness with his game of late it has been with his putter – especially at the Masters in April – but that wasn’t the case in the opening round of the PGA Championship.

“I hit a lot of good putts today,” he said. “The more free and loose I can play, especially on the greens, it’s usually the better off I am.”

May 18, 2023; Rochester, New York, USA; Scottie Scheffler reacts after missing a putt on the ninth green during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Oak Hill Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Scheffler’s scorecard was better off for him sinking a clutch 4-foot par putt at the par-5, fourth hole after tugging his tee shot into trouble.

“I would hate to bogey a par 5, especially when there’s only two of them around this place. That was good momentum,” he said.

Scheffler carried that momentum to his first bogey-free round in a major thanks to going 7-for-7 in scrambling.

Scheffler said the Donald Ross design,


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