Johnson leads, Day and Jones top Aussies at PGA

World number five Jason Day and fellow Australian Matt Jones sit in a tie for third following the opening round of the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

Day and Jones both fired solid 4-under-par rounds of 68 to be two shots off the first round leader American Dustin Johnson, who shot an opening 66 in favourable morning conditions.

Jason Day Jason Day tees off during round one of the 2015 PGA Championship (Credit: Anthony Powter)

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“I got off to a pretty good start with the wind being a little bit quieter this morning rather than this afternoon,” said Day.

“Fortunately for us we got out there and got to attack the golf course. I’m happy with a 68. I think it’s a good start. And with three days left, we’ll see how it goes.”

Jones also was able to take advantage of an early tee time and was pleased to be well placed in another major.

“Anytime you start off with a good round, especially in a major championship, it’s great,” said Jones.

“It wasn’t as windy on the front nine, it wasn’t bad. It was very playable. It was good to finish with a birdie on the last one today.”

Adam Scott, who had the tougher afternoon conditions with stiff winds, began the day well with two birdies but then shot a triple bogey, a double bogey and four bogeys to card a 4-over-par 76. Scott’s putting let him down again in what will be his last major using the broom stick style putter.

Marc Leishman was another Aussie to struggle carding a 7-over-par 79 opening round.

John Senden carded a 71 to be in a tie for 39th position while Geoff Ogilvy (74), Steven Bowditch (74) and Cameron Smith (74) will need to play well tomorrow to be within the low 70 scores and ties cut mark with the three currently in a tie for 72nd.

Johnson, who was given a two-stroke penalty with victory in his sights at the same course in 2010, played solid tee to green golf to launch another strong start at a major, having led after two rounds at the Open Championship and been in contention until the 72nd hole of the US Open.

Four-time champion Tiger Woods carded a 75 as he struggled to 3-over, and he faces a challenge to make the cut on Friday.

Rory McIlroy returned from injury fired with a respectable 1-under-par 71 to be in a tie for 24th position alongside Jordan Spieth and five shots behind Johnson.