Corey Conners one stroke back at the 2023 PGA Championship

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Corey Conners of Listowel, Ontario had a solid first round at the 2023 PGA Championship from Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York on Thursday. In 18 holes of golf, he shot an 18-hole score of -3 and is only one stroke back of the leader, Bryson DeChambeau of Modesto, California, after the first round. The 2020 United States Open champion is at -4.

Conners had six birdies and three bogeys. He birdied the fifth, sixth, eighth, 12th, 14th and 15th holes. He bogeyed the second, 10th, and 16th holes.

After the first round, Conners was in a three-way tie alongside Americans Scottie Scheffler, Dustin Johnson and Eric Cole. Scheffler won the 2022 Masters, Johnson won the 2016 United States Open and 2020 Masters, while Cole had the lead after Thursday at -5. However, Cole shot +2 over four holes on Friday to complete round two to go from one up of DeChambeau, to one back.

Four more players were two strokes back at -2. There you could find American Keegan Bradley, the 2011 PGA Championship winner, Viktor Hovland of Norway, Ryan Fox of New Zealand, and Adam Scott of Australia, the 2013 Masters champion.

Seven more golfers were three strokes back at -1. Those were Justin Rose of England, the 2013 United States Open champion, Americans Justin Suh, Hayden Buckley and Keith Mitchell, Austria’s Sepp Straka, Belgium’s Thomas Pieters and Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal.

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