Trevor Immelman finished day one of the PGA Championship at one-under-par and tied for 13th, despite carding four birdies at Atlanta Athletic Club on Thursday.
A late double-bogey from Immelman caused him to drop from fifth to 13th at the close of day one, six shots behind leader Steve Stricker, whose opening 63 was unmatched.
Immelman, who started on the back nine, began the scoring with a birdie on the first, and followed it with a pair of birdies on 12 and 13 for an early move to three-under.
His first drop came with a bogey on the 18th, and Immelman made the turn at two-under. ÂIf you hit it straight, you could run down there (the fairways),Â said Immelman.
Immelman managed to avoid dropping shots on the lengthy par-threes, which have been the talk of the tournament. ÂYou’ve got to suck it up and hit four good ones on the par 3s,Â said Immelman.
The 2008 Masters winner would birdie the fifth for a move back to three-under.
But Immelman double-bogeyed the sixth, and closed the round at one-under and tied for 13th. ÂIt’s a tough golf course,Â said Immelman.
Despite six fellow South Africans in the field, the closest performance to ImmelmanÂs came from Charl Schwartzel, who finished at one-over-par with a card of 71.
Immelman has positioned himself well for round two of the PGA Championship, but must perform on the second day to keep the leaders in his sights.