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Jimmy Walker Opens With 65 At Stifling PGA; Johnson Stumbles

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 July 2016 19:21 Thursday, 28 July 2016 19:14

Jimmy WalkerCanadian Press

SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey (Doug Ferguson/AP) — A drab year for Jimmy Walker took a turn for the worse two weeks ago at the British Open, when he stayed in what was dubbed the "frat house" at Royal Troon with Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas, Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson.

Walker was the only one to miss the cut.

He still stayed the weekend. He just stayed away from the golf course, and his clubs. How does one kill time in such a small Scottish town?

“When the first guy comes back and he’s ready for a cocktail, you have one,” Walker said.

Thursday in the PGA Championship, the drinks were on Walker.

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Lefty Can’t Get It Right In Opening Round Of PGA

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 July 2016 19:14 Thursday, 28 July 2016 19:07

Phil MickelsonCanadian Press

SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey (Samantha Pell/AP) — Phil Mickelson won the PGA Championship the last time it was at Baltusrol in 2005. He played some of his best golf ever only 11 days ago at the British Open. And on Thursday, the New York-area crowd had his back even before he teed off.

The momentum he had to start the PGA Championship was there.

Until it wasn’t.

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Clean-Shaven Johnson Goes For No. 1 At PGA Championship

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 July 2016 19:07 Thursday, 28 July 2016 18:58

Dustin JohnsonCanadian Press

SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Dustin Johnson apparently had high expectations after winning his first major at the U.S. Open.

He didn’t win the next major at Royal Troon and got rid of his beard.

“I finished ninth at the British, so I shaved it,” Johnson said, the big smile indicating he went with a clean look for no specific reason.

He’d like to leave the PGA Championship with a new ranking — No. 1.

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Garcia Reminded That Time Still On His Side To Win A Major

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 July 2016 18:57 Thursday, 28 July 2016 18:49

Sergio GarciaCanadian Press

SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Henrik Stenson took his silver claret jug and headed straight for Switzerland to play in a charity event organized by Sergio Garcia. It turned out to be the perfect occasion to deliver an important message to the host.

Stenson was 40 when he won the British Open at Royal Troon. He had paid his dues with a trio of close calls in the majors. It was his time.

Garcia has paid even more.

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Where’s The Beef? Everywhere At And Around PGA Championship

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 July 2016 18:47 Thursday, 28 July 2016 18:41

Andrew JohnstonCanadian Press

SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey (Barry Wilner/AP) — Andrew Johnston already has had a busy few days in the New York area. You know, pastrami at Katz’s Deli, sampling burgers throughout Manhattan, and getting a taste of the fare from his newest sponsor, Arby’s.

He even worked behind the counter at the fast-food restaurant.

Where else would a guy nicknamed Beef begin his first trip to the PGA Championship?

The bearded Brit with the never-fading smile and jovial outlook is relishing his newfound popularity. He admittedly spent more time than he should have signing autographs and chatting up fans at Baltusrol — several of whom were wearing ginger beards in his honor. And he’s been all over social media.

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