Guarding champion Rivulets Koepka tore up the Bethpage Dark Course with a dazzling seven-under 63 to take the first-round lead at the US PGA Title.
The American, playing with Tiger Woods, checked seven birdies to sit a shot in front of world number 119 Danny Lee.
Britain’s Tommy Fleetwood (67) is third on three under, while Woods, pursuing a sixteenth major, completed on two over.
Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy holed his solitary birdie on 18 to match Woods.
Be that as it may, it was a generally worked around for the 30-year-old, who won the 2012 and 2014 competition when it was the fourth and last major of the year in August – this is the principal year it has changed to the second.
“I’d give myself A for exertion,” said McIlroy said. “I delved in well. I hit the ball well and felt like I hit great putts, they were simply sneaking by and attempting to discover a path not to go in.
“I said going up to the eighteenth tee I can’t recollect the last time I played a series of golf without a birdie so I better birdie this last opening and fortunately I did.
“Ideally that was the defining moment. Completion on a positive note, return on Friday and ideally get into red figures for the competition.”
Woods eclipsed by Koepka
Woods, who finished an 11-year hang tight to win his fifteenth major at the Bosses in April, had a blended day, beginning with a twofold intruder on the tenth gap, his first, before including another the standard three seventeenth.
In any case, the 43-year-old birdied the first and second gaps before a 25-foot putt for falcon on the fourth opening moved him to one under.
In any case, three further intruders deserted him nine shots three-time real champ Koepka, who checked an intruder free round, having said not long ago he is going for “twofold digit” triumphs in the game’s greatest occasions.
Bethpage Dark is viewed as one of the hardest courses in golf, yet Koepka, who did not birdie both of the standard fives, disclosed to Sky Sports: “The amusing thing is it could have been lower.
“I’ve hit it extraordinary for about fourteen days and I had no awful considerations leaving the range, I feel extremely certain and great with where I am at.”
Koepka’s round was a course record at Bethpage Dark and furthermore coordinated the least round recorded at the US PGA.
Previous US Novice champion Lee, who was conceived in South Korea yet speaks to New Zealand subsequent to moving there when he was eight, hit his best round in a noteworthy by four shots.
Despite the fact that the 28-year-old checked two intruders, he likewise recorded eight birdies, including a 14-footer on the last.
He stated: “I’ve been buckling down on my putting, mostly just to figure out how to peruse more breaks and attempt and make the opening instead of hitting it five feet by.”