At the PGA Championship golf Tournament at Harding Park in San Francisco Tiger Woods launches a tee shot on the 12th hole during the first round of the tournament on Thu Aug 6, 2020 (AP photo)
By Jeremy Harness
It has been very weird watching sports for these past few months, with teams playing without any spectators in attendance, with the exception of a few essential employees.
The PGA Championship, the first golf major or the 2020 season that kicked off Thursday at TPC Harding Park, is no different. The eerie silence, which has been commonplace without the authentic crowd noise that typically accompanies big events such as this, was just as prevalent in the first round.
But hey, at least the PGA Tour had enough sense to not include the cheesy fake crowd noise that has plagued MLB games over the past month.
As for the golf, Jason Day and Brendon Todd finished Thursday’s opening round tied for the lead after firing five-under rounds of 65.
Todd, who has been brilliant for the first 54 holes for many of the tournaments this season but has faltered in the final round, got off to a great start, going three-under on his front nine. On the back nine, he thwarted two bogeys with four birdies.
Day, on the other hand, was bogey-free on his round, recording three birdies on his front nine and a two more birdies on the back side.
There are nine players that are tied for second, including defending champion Brooks Koepka and former Masters winner Zach Johnson.
Tiger Woods is in the mix as well, after his two-under round of 68 on Thursday, as he is currently tied for 20th. He was one-under for the first nine, with three birdies against two bogies, and turned in a one-under second nine with two birdies and a single bogey.