CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jordan Spieth made a sluggish begin in his quest to finish the profession grand slam, although two late birdies salvaged a one-over-par seventy two on the P.G.A. Championship on Thursday.
Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark has the clubhouse lead at 4 beneath par within the first spherical at Quail Hole Membership. The United States Open champion Brooks Koepka, Gary Woodland, Grayson Murray and Chris Stroud are one shot again.
Spieth struggled together with his placing for many of his spherical on a relaxed, sunny morning.
The most effective putter on tour for a lot of his brief profession till this yr, Spieth was an image of frustration on the agency and superfast greens, typically strolling after his ball as quickly because it had left the putter-face.
Adopted by an enormous gallery that included the swimming champion Michael Phelps, Spieth was outdriven on virtually each gap by Koepka and Sergio García, who performed within the conventional grouping of the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open champions.
After again-to-again bogeys on the par-four fifth and par-three sixth (his 14th and fifteenth holes), the place he three-putted, Spieth bounced again with consecutive birdies on the par-5 seventh and par-four eighth, two of the better holes on the course.