Darren Clarke leads in PGA Championship

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:08 IST

Darren Clarke made nine birdies for a one-shot lead over Ernie Els and Justin Leonard in the opening round of the 86th PGA Championships.

Darren Clarke leads in PGA Championship

Kohler: Darren Clarke, feeling right at home on a links-styled course that reminds so many players of Ireland and Scotland, made nine birdies for a one-shot lead over Ernie Els and Justin Leonard after the opening round of the 86th PGA Championships - golf's fourth and final major of the year. It was the lowest score under par in the first round of a major since Chris DiMarco carded a 7-under 65 at the 2001 Masters. The whipping wind during the practice rounds was more of a gentle breeze, and it shifted directions about an hour into the first round. That eliminated the crosswind that tends to blow any shot slightly off line into some of the 1,400 bunkers and over the bluffs along Lake Michigan. In addition, the PGA of America decided to move up the tees on three holes. That knocked 145 yards (132 meters) off the longest course in major history, so it played only 7,369 yards (6,706 meters). Plus, all the par 3s had pins at the front of the greens. (AP)

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