Good conditions did not make Quail Hollow play any easier, as the regular PGA Tour stop showed some teeth during the first round of the 2017 PGA Championship.
Only 25 of the 156 golfers in the field posted a score under par. The "Green Mile" -- holes 16, 17 and 18 -- all played nearly a half-stroke over par on average and players all over the leaderboard were left grinding after posting big numbers on a day when the average score for the field was just shy of 75.
No one was a better example of that grind than Rickie Fowler. Still in search of his first major win, Fowler fell way back early with a triple-bogey on the 5th hole only to battle back with four birdies in his next nine holes, finishing the day just two strokes off the lead.
After coming in 10th at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Thorbjorn Olesen (-4) has kept that fine form rolling at Quail Hollow. This isn't his first time making noise at a major, but it's been a while since he finished sixth at The Masters (2013) and ninth at The Open Championships (2012).
T1. Kevin Kisner (-4) started with three-straight birdies on 6, 7, 8 and then birdies on 14, 15 and 18 to finish in a tie for the lead. Kisner was one of the last ones on the course Thursday, so he'll get the first crack at the course tomorrow, possibly before the worst of potential inclement weather.
Brooks Koepka (-3), he U.S. Open champion, clocked in with better than 70 percent averages on driving accuracy and green in regulation while recording a driving distance average of 313.9 yards.