Brooks Koepka hits onto the 12th green during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament, Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) – The Latest on the PGA Championship on Thursday at Bethpage Black (all times local):

Defending champion Brooks Koepka is at it again at the PGA Championship.

The 29-year-old is tied for the lead with two Englishmen after shooting a bogey-free 3-under in the opening round.

Starting on the back nine, Koepka birdied the 10th, 14th and 18th holes in search of his fourth major. He won the U.S. Open in 2017 and ’18.

Tommy Fleetwood and Matt Wallace share the lead in a round that has seen Tiger Woods struggle with two double bogeys that have left him 3-over.

Fresh off his Masters victory for his 15th career major, Woods doubled his first hole – No. 10 on the public course on Long Island – after driving into the rough. His second came at No. 17 after his tee shot on the par-3 landed in a bunker and his shot out ended far from the hole.

Francesco Molinari was at even par on the sunny but windy morning.

Wallace birdied four of the first six holes before bogeying the eighth. Fleetwood is 3-under through 12 holes.

Tiger Woods is back at Bethpage Black after a late decision to skip the final round of practice at the PGA Championship.

Woods had planned to play the front nine early Wednesday morning, but never showed up at the course. That led to speculation his surgically-repaired back was acting up. His manager says all was fine.

Coming off his emotional win at the Masters, Woods is in the traditional group of current major champions. He is with U.S. Open and PGA champion Brooks Koepka and British Open champion Francesco Molinari.

The forecast was good. The course was soft and wet. The scores were predictable. With a two-tee start, players starting on the back nine had a far more difficult start. Thomas Pieters opened with a triple bogey at No. 10. Kiradech Aphibarnrat had back-to-back double bogeys.

The only early drama was J.J. Spaun. He was in the first group and walked onto the tee at No. 1 with a minute to spare, avoiding a two-shot penalty. It didn’t seem to bother him. He was 2 under through four holes.

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Source:: Daily Times

      

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