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It was a strange first day at Baltusrol in the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship. Only one of the top four players is under par and there are more big names at the bottom of the leaderboard than at the top. It got started early with an ugly 74 from Rory McIlroy which was bookended by an even uglier 77 from Dustin Johnson.

Jimmy Walker is the leader at 5 under, while he isn't a no-name he doesn't exactly inspire you to pick up the clubs and go play 36. Walker played quite well on Thursday with just one bogey and was part of a morning wave that sent out 25 of the 35 under par scores in Round 1.

 

Emiliano Grillo (T2 -4) was No. 1 in the field in strokes gained putting Thursday.

 

Open Champ Henrik Stenson (T5 at -3) opened with a 67 in Round 1 at Baltusrol. He has now made 14 birdies in his last 36 holes of major championship golf.

 

Jason Day (T9 -2) could not pour a putt in. He was almost as bad as playing partner Rory McIlroy with the flat stick but held together a 68 because he hit it beautifully. That's exactly what he needs to do for a chance to successfully defend his PGA Championship title.

 

Rickie Fowler (T9 -2) got lost a little in the hubbub of Rory's early 74 on Thursday, but he put together a solid round. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III also has to be breathing a sigh of relief that Fowler looks like he's going to play himself into one of the eight automatic qualifying spots.

 

Other notables:

 

T21. Hideki Matsuyama (-1)
T36. Adam Scott (E)
T36. Jordan Spieth (E)
T36. Justin Rose (E)
T55. Phil Mickelson (+1)
T55. Sergio Garcia (+1)
T55. Bubba Watson (+1)
T120. Rory McIlroy (+4)
T143. Dustin Johnson (+7)

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