11th August 2017 | Sunshine Tour
Oosthuizen leading SA player at Quail Hollow
With greens as fast as can be, and threatening to get out of control by the weekend, Louis Oosthuizen coped best of the South Africans in the opening round of the 99th PGA Championship being held at Quail Hollow, North Carolina.
Thorbjørn Olesen will take a share of the lead into the second round after making his best start to a major. The Dane fired an excellent 67 to get to four-under and lead the way alongside home favourite Kevin Kisner, with Brooks Koepka, Grayson Murray, Gary Woodland, Chris Stroud and DA Points a shot behind.
Olesen claimed his fourth top 10 of the season at last week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and brought that form to Charlotte as he looks to do better than the two major championship top 10s he achieved at the 2012 Open Championship and 2013 Masters.
Kisner bogeyed the fifth but a hat-trick of gains from the sixth moved him up the leaderboard. He dropped a shot on the 13th but made further birdies on the 14th, 15th and last.
Oosthuizen carded a one-under 70 to be very handily placed three shots off the lead, together with the likes of Hideki Matsuyama, Tommy Fleetwood, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and John Rahm.
Next best of the South Africans was Dylan Frittelli on two-over, together with Richard Sterne. Charl Schwartzel was on three-over, Branden Grace six-over, Brandon Stone eight-over and Ernie Els battled his way to nine-over.