McIlroy one off the lead
For Rory McIlroy, the shockingly bad shot came out of nowhere.
No worries; by the time he walked off the 18th green, there was little doubt he was still the man to beat at the PGA Championship.
McIlroy ripped off four straight birdies on the back side and closed with another at the 18th hole, shooting a 5-under 66 at Valhalla that left him one shot off the lead yesterday.
Coming off wins at the British Open and Firestone, McIlroy entered the last major of the year as an overwhelming favourite. Even with a major blunder at the 10th, where he knocked his second shot over a fence and took double bogey, he was right on the heels of Lee Westwood, Ryan Palmer and Kevin Chappell who are all on 65.
Good thing going
"I'm really happy with everything," McIlroy said. "I've got a good thing going right now. I'm trying to ride that momentum as much as I can."
Then there's Tiger Woods, who can't seem to get anything to go his way.
Playing just four days after his back flared up at Firestone, forcing him to withdraw, Woods proclaimed himself fit but sprayed shots all over the course on the way to a 74 that left him tied for 111th late in the day.
He looked very much like someone playing just his 11th competitive round since back surgery in late March, someone who had his worst 72-hole finish in a major at the British Open last month.