PGA Championship 2020 : Winner Betting Odds. Get the best available USPGA Championship odds from all online bookmakers with Oddschecker. PGA Championship 2020 at TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, round one — Jason Day has put himself in a great position to win a second career major, sharing the lead after the first day of the PGA Championship.
Day carded an impressive, bogey free five-under-par 65 to take the early clubhouse lead and only American Brendon Todd — ranked 795th in the world a year ago — managed to match his effort out of the afternoon starters at TPC Harding Park.
The duo sit a shot ahead of nine players who carded opening 66s, including reigning champion Brooks Koepka.
Another Aussie Adam Scott started brightly despite having not played a tour event in 150 days, carding a two-under 68 — the same score as Tiger Woods who also began encouragingly.
It was Day’s best ever opening round at the PGA Championship, including when he won it in 2015, with his previous best a three-under-par 67 in 2013 and 2018.
The Queenslander is coming off a string of four straight top ten finishes since the USPGA Tour restarted.
I feel like the momentum that I’ve had over the last three starts has kind of seeped into this week, said Day.
The funny thing is that every day I’m excited to go back to the golf course and play, whereas before I was struggling to get up and going.
THE CHASING PACK
Also in the pack a shot behind day is Martin Kaymer, Xander Schauffele, Justin Rose, Bud Cauley, Scottie Scheffler, Mike Lorenzo-Vera, Brendan Steele, and Zach Johnson.
Todd, who already has three PGA Tour wins, had four birdies on his front nine and added three more with no bogeys on the back nine for a 65.
Meanwhile Koepka, who is chasing history by trying to become the first three-peat PGA major winner in almost a century, once again demonstrated his ability to raise his game on the biggest stages.
The American got on a roll at last week’s WGC-FedEx St. Jude event in Memphis and carried it over to this tournament.
To do it here, it would be special,” he said of the three-peat. “I think there’s, what, six guys that have ever won three in a row. Not a bad list to be on.
Koepka sank four birdies in the final six holes of his front nine after starting his round from the 10th tee where he made bogey.
On his fourth hole of the day at No. 13, Koepka hit a 175-yard approach shot to six feet and then hit another 165-yard approach to just three feet on the next hole. He drained a nine-foot putt on 16 for another birdie.
I put the ball in the fairway, hit some greens and made putts. You just try to break it down. It is pretty simple and I did a good job of that today,” he said.
Koepka was more than happy with his start but also made sure to take a sly dig at American rival Bryson DeChambeau’s “scientific” approach to the game.
I feel good, I’m playing good,” said Koepka. “There’s no reason to be scientific with all the numbers and stuff like that on TrackMan, so I just go out and play.