After day 1 at the 2016 PGA Championship, the leaderboard was as interesting as it has been for a major this year. Dubbed the big 3 by the traditional media, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy and favorites to many predictions were being heavily watched heading in. Spieth struggled early but finished strong to get back to even par, while Jason Day put up a very quiet -2 and sit inside the top 10. McIlroy was the opposite however, as the former champion struggled much of day and limped into the club house at +4 and tied for 120th.
Other big names had roller coaster days as well. Phil Mickelson coming off a brilliant Open Championship needed a very strong finish to get to +1 and tied for 55th. Dustin Johnson played the round of his life at the US Open to become a first time major champion, but struggled today and finished 7 over and looked as though he did not want to be out there at times. Then there was Open Champion Henrik Stenson who continued his brilliant play finishing with a 67 and just 2 back of the lead.
The lead on day 1, belongs to Jimmy Walker. As predicted on THP Radio by the Dean himself as one of the sleeper picks to watch for, Walker played beautifully and shot a 5 under 65 holding the lead by 1.
The weather should help scoring on day 2 go even lower as Baltusrol saw plenty of rain and the wet grounds should make the course gettable by the entire field.