PGA Championship 2023: First round delayed by almost two hours as frost hits Oak Hill
The start of the PGA Championship has been delayed by nearly two hours due to frost.
Play was scheduled to start at 12pm BST on Thursday afternoon with Steve Alker, Shaun Micheel and Braden Shattuck forming the opening group at the first hole. However, tournament organizers said a morning frost delay had forced Oak Hill facilities to remain closed.
The practice putting green has been opened as conditions improved and the first round of the tournament begins at 1:50pm with all tee times being delayed by an hour and 50 minutes.
That means Rory McIlroy now has his bid for a fifth Major tournament alongside defending champions Justin Thomas and Collin Morikawa at 15:01, with Jon Rahm teeing off 22 minutes later.
This year, the PGA Championship returns to Oak Hill for the first time since 2013 when Jason Dufner won his first Major. Since then, New Yorker Platz has undergone major changes and will play significantly longer this week, which plays into the hands of the big players.
World number one Rahm, as expected, heads into the second major of the year after his Masters triumph last month, but it’s Scottie Scheffler who narrowly eclipses him as favorite, with the pair edging McIlroy and the rest of the world’s elite at the top of the leaderboard.
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