Dawn broke at the 92nd USPGA Championship to find Whistling Straits looking like a spooky John Carpenter movie set. The fog caused a delay of three hours, ten minutes. Wish I’d know that before I got up early and sat on the media shuttle bus for the one hour, 15-minute commute to the course.
Early leaders included Tiger Woods who is followed around by his own personal fog these days. It lifted briefly to see him get to three-under-par. He’s back. But his fog descended again with a bogey at the 15th (his 6th hole) and the 2nd (his 11th). He’s gone again.
I watched Stuart Appleby practising on the eve of the championship and reported back to fellow hacks that he can’t chip or putt for toffee. That 59 recently must have been a fluke. He birdied the first three holes. I know my stuff.
First man in with a decent score was first man out Jason Day at three-under-par. He plays so slowly, the PGA are making him speed up or change his name to Jason Night. Probably. One shot behind was the Elephant Man, John Merrick.
Blazing the trail for Europe just behind the leaders were Italy’s leading trapeze artists, Edoardo
and Francesco, The Flying Molinari Brothers. First Brit home was Scotland’s Martin Laird at two-under- par.