Jason Day of Australia watches his tee shot on the 14th tee during the first round of the US PGA Championship at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Jason Day of Australia watches his tee shot on the 14th tee during the first round of the US PGA Championship at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina. SHAWN THEW

Aussies in the hunt after US PGA first round

GOLF: Australians Jason Day and Adam Scott have had a good start to the final major of the year, finishing three and four shots off the lead at the US PGA Championship at Quail Hollow.

Day and Scott both had a battle on the new greens but fought back well to stay in contention.

Scott finished with an even-par round of 71, while Day shot 70.

Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen and American Kevin Kisner led the first round with four-under-par 67s.

US Open champion Brooks Koepka (68) and four others share third at three-under, with world No.10 Rickie Fowler, Paul Casey and Patrick Reed (69) headlining a seven-way tie for eighth a shot back.

World No.7 Day dropped three shots in the first 13 holes before fighting back.

"Finishing the way I did, overall I'm pretty happy with the first round's play. I just have to slowly build on that," the 2015 champion said.

"From tee to green, (the changes) are fine and the fairways are really receptive.

"But once you get on the greens, it's a different beast."

News Corp Australia

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