PGA Championship Live Stream : PGA Championship 2020, Live updates from opening major of the year. Live updates from the opening round of the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park. A glance at the leaderboard at the 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park offers variety, from Brooks Koepka trying to make history to Li Haotong and Mike Lorenzo-Vera trying to stun everyone. Then there’s Tiger Woods, who had a miserable putting day Friday in San Francisco that had him fighting to make the cut but maintaining he still has a shot at winning.
Let’s start with Li, who posted a bogey-free 65 early in the day and then returned later, hours after he was finished, to put in some more work.
“He was on the teeing green when I was on the driving range and then he was on the chipping green when I was doing interviews,” said Jason Day, who enters the weekend two shots behind Li. “He’s probably the only guy that rents out a golf course to stay instead of renting out a house this week. I know the guy likes to practice, but man, it’s a major week. Hopefully he knows what he’s doing and I’m sure he does because he’s obviously playing better than us. You know, I’m about to go and do some practice but not as many hours as he’s put in today.”
And what about Lorenzo-Vera? He stood on the ninth tee, his final hole of the day, in sole possession of second place at 7 under. He slipped with a bogey at the last, but he still enters the third round in a six-way tie for second. Lorenzo-Vera has one career victory in an event in which Official World Golf Ranking points were at stake: the 2007 Apulia San Domenico Grand Final, a Challenge Tour tourney. His best finish at the PGA Championship was a tie for 16th, last year at Bethpage Black.
Though Li and Lorenzo-Vera aren’t exactly household names, there are some more familiar faces lurking on the leaderboard. The most notable among those who will enter the weekend with a chance is Brooks Koepka, the two-time defending champion. Koepka sits two shots behind Li as he tries to become the first player in the stroke-play era to win three consecutive PGA Championships.
How far is too far back? Tiger Woods, after a miserable putting day on Friday, stands at even par, eight shots off the pace. Among his 15 major championship victories, the largest 36-hole deficit he has erased is six shots, that coming in the 2005 Masters.
I really struggled with getting the speed of the greens [on Friday],” Woods said. “They looked faster than what they were putting. They were firm coming into the greens, but they weren’t putting as fast as they looked, and then as the day wore on, they got a little more fuzzy and got even slower. I struggled even a little bit more hitting the putts hard enough.
Clearly, if he wants to make any noise on the weekend, he has to clean up his putting. In Thursday’s opening round, he made just under 114 feet worth of putts; on Friday, it was just under 49 feet.
I’m going off early [in Saturday’s third round] and hopefully I can get it going, drive the ball like I did hit my irons a little bit more crisp and be a little bit more aggressive on the putts,” he said.