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Round 1 of the PGA Championship at Valhalla is in the books.

Scottie Scheffler did Scottie Scheffler things when holing out for eagle on the first, but Xander Schauffele wrapped up the lead nice and early.

He made championship history, but there was plenty of drama, storylines and major mayhem in behind.

So, without further ado, here are seven things you might have missed from a crazy day in Kentucky.


Did Tiger Woods blank Rory McIlroy? After reports of a ‘souring’ relationship, the pair were spotted crossing paths and avoided any interaction. To be honest, it’s more likely Tiger had his attention on making it down the steps and they were both in the zone.


The starter must’ve had his mind on Scottie Scheffler as he called game five on to the tenth tee. In a video posted to X (since removed), he was heard saying “on the tee, Scott” when introducing Australian Adam Scott. Look, who can blame him?

Party pooper

The Block Party was quickly halted, when PGA pro Michael opened bogey-quadruple bogey. After playing his first two holes in five-over-par, Block carded three birdies and three bogeys to steady the ship. It won’t take anything away from last year’s heroics, though.

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Michael Block’s nightmare on the second hole.

Making a splash

Cameron Smith had to take his socks off on the par-five seventh after finding the water with his tee shot. But in true Aussie fashion, he jumped in and somehow saved par. It had strong Tiger-Nike-ad vibes and won’t be the last time the splash zone comes into play this week.

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As you do, Cam Smith.

History maker

Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ll have noticed Xander Schauffele leads the PGA Championship after a nine-under-par opener. But what you might not know is that it was a record-breaker, as the American carded the first ever round of 62 in the PGA Championship.

Harman’ everybody

Fans weren’t best pleased with Brian Harman’s waggles (again) and even an ESPN producer had seen enough. As Harman lined up a putt, the coverage cut to a turtle watching the action. There is resemblances, to be fair, and it was just about as exciting.


“I’d have a hard time seeing them break 80”, Jon Rahm said, when asked what a scratch golfer would shoot at Valhalla this week. At times, it looked like he might threaten that number. Visibly grumpy out there, the Spaniard eventually turned the tide to card an impressive one-under 70.

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John Turnbull A graduate of the University of Stirling, John joined the bunkered team in 2023 as a Content Producer, with a responsibility for covering all breaking news, tour news, grassroots content and much more besides. A keen golfer, he plays the majority of his golf at Falkirk Golf Club. Top of his 'bucket list' is a round of Pebble Beach... ideally in the company of Gareth Bale.

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