The PGA Tour’s millennials demonstrate that just because they are competing against one another does not mean they cannot be friends afterward.
Matsuyama, trying to become the first Japanese golfer to win a men’s major, admitted that pressure played a role in his play as he slipped into a tie for second.
Trying to complete a career grand slam, Spieth shot a one-over 72 on Thursday. Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark has the clubhouse lead at four-under.
The 24-year-old golfer would have to win this week’s P.G.A. Championship to become the youngest golfer to get a career grand slam.
Whiffs are rarer than double eagles in professional golf, and yet each of the last two tournaments on the PGA Tour schedule has produced one.
Pieters, after a five-under 65, has a one-shot lead at Firestone Country Club. Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth are among the group two shots back.
Both have a strong stage presence, but neither pretends to be anything — starting with invulnerable — that he isn’t.
Spieth, 23, who won the Masters and the United States Open in 2015, can clinch a career Grand Slam with a victory at the P.G.A. Championship next month.
Jordan Spieth almost tied the record for the best first round at Royal Birkdale in the tournament. His failure to do so, he said, is on him.
Some of golf’s top players are struggling right now, leaving the tournament wide open.