The Latest: Brendon Todd claims a share of PGA lead

first_imgDay had a bogey-free round that included a birdie on the par-4 ninth hole.___Scottie Scheffler is the first one in the clubhouse at 4-under in the opening round of the PGA Championship. He’s tied for fourth with three other players, including two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka.Scheffler was up there at minus-5 with Martin Kaymer, Xander Schauffele and Zach Johnson before hitting his tee shot into the left rough and making bogey on his final hole of the day. Scheffler was in the first group off the 10th tee in the morning. Zach Johnson and Scottie Scheffler are off to an early lead at 4 under at the PGA Championship. Starting on the back nine, Johnson was through eight holes after three straight birdies at TPC Harding Park. Scheffler was through 12 holes. Dustin Johnson and Jason Day were at 3 under. Two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka was tied for fifth at minus-2 through eight holes in the first round on Thursday. Koepka would be the first golfer to win the tournament three times in a row since Walter Hagen won four in a row almost 100 years ago. ___Two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka has teed off a TPC Harding Park as he tries to become the first golfer to win three PGA Championships in a row since Walter Hagen. The Latest: Brendon Todd claims a share of PGA lead Todd, who recovered from a wicked case of the yips that dropped him out of the top 2,000 players in the world, won twice on the PGA Tour in the fall and now is among the top 50.He made a 10-foot par putt on his final hole to join Jason Day at 5-under 65. They were one shot ahead of nine players, including two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka.As the first round at Harding Park was winding down, it was shaping up as a low day for scoring. Nearly half of the field was at par or better, including Tiger Woods at 68.Day is a former PGA champion and no stranger to be at the top of the board in a major. This is only the ninth major Todd has played, and the second time he has opened with a round in the 60s.___ Two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka and Tiger Woods were among those playing in the morning.___More AP golf: Bryson DeChambeau released “the Kraken,” and the Kraken didn’t come back.The bulked-up golfer broke his driver, which he has nicknamed “the Kraken,” after teeing off on the seventh hole in the opening round of the PGA Championship on Thursday. A rules official said he would be allowed to replace the club during the round, and a member of DeChambeau’s support team fetched another shaft for him.“That was weird,” DeChambeau said as he walked toward the green, still holding the pieces. “I guess it’s all those swings I put in.”DeChambeau gained as much as 40 pounds during the coronavirus shutdown, consuming up to 6,000 calories per day with the goal of getting “huge.” He is the longest-driving player on the tour.But this time he was too strong for his own good. What they have in common — aside from a good start — is the last majors they won was the last tournaments they won.Scottie Scheffler, a PGA Tour rookie from Texas, and Xander Schauffele also were at 5 under.Another shot back was Jason Day, who won the PGA Championship five years ago. He wasn’t won in two years.Brooks Koepka was 3 under through 12 holes, just the start he needed. Tiger Woods, after a quick start, was back to even par through 12.___ “Going first out was definitely an advantage, even though it was pretty cold when we started,” he said. “It warmed up fairly quick.” ___Major champions are starting to populate the leaderboard at the PGA Championship, including some names that haven’t been heard from in a while.Martin Kaymer, a PGA champion in 2010 and a U.S. Open champion in 2014, was at 5 under through 14 holes at the TPC Harding Park. He was in a four-way tie that included Zach Johnson, whose last major was at St. Andrews five years ago.Kaymer is No. 128 in the world. Johnson is at No. 210.center_img Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest from the opening round of the PGA Championship in San Francisco:___Brendon Todd is back in the PGA Championship for the first time in five years and is tied for the lead. August 6, 2020 Koepka teed off on the back nine on Thursday morning and parred his first hole. Koepka would be the first player ever to win the PGA Championship three straight times in stroke play. Hagen won four in a row from 1924-27, when it was match play.The threesome of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas also teed off from the back nine on Thursday morning.___Brian Harman hit the opening shot at the PGA Championship on Thursday, and it was clear as he looked down the first fairway at TPC Harding Park that it was a historic moment. The fairway was lined by trees, not people.The COVID-19 pandemic that forced the PGA Championship to move from May to August also led to this being the first major championship without spectators. That includes family members of the 156 players in the field, and limited media.A few volunteers took out mobile phones to capture the moment. The starter announced in a microphone, “From Sea Island, Georgia, Brian Harman.” And there was no applause. There was no need for a microphone, either, but old habits die hard.Harman pulled his tee shot into the rough. At least he found it. There is only one marshal for each hole, down from 12.This is the first major of the year, with the Masters moved to November, the U.S. Open moved ot September and the British Open moved to 2021. DeChambeau hit what appeared to be a normal tee shot 296 yards into the rough on the par-4, 340-yard seventh hole at TPC Harding Park. But when he bent over to pick up his tee, the club snapped under him.“It was bound to break,” DeChambeau said. “I’ve been using it for a long time.”___2015 PGA Champion Jason Day has the early lead in the first round of the year’s first major.Day shot a 5-under 65 over the 7,251-yard TPC Harding Park to head to the clubhouse in front. Two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka was in a group of nine one stroke behind at minus-4, with some of the morning tee times still on the course.last_img read more

Despite offensive pressure, Syracuse loses 5th game in 6 tries, 1-0, to Akron

first_imgWhen the final whistle blew, sophomore forward Johannes Pieles layed in the grass, slammed his palm on the surface and pushed himself up. Most of the other players were hunched over, with hands on their hips, gasping for air.“Sometimes I think our best form of defense is to attack,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. “In order to nullify a team like Akron you have to put a lot of work in.”But Syracuse (5-5-2, 0-3-1) couldn’t keep up with Akron (6-2-1) on Tuesday night, losing, 1-0. Watching the opposition celebrate on its home field has become commonplace for SU. After winning four of its first five home games, the Orange has lost four straight at SU Soccer Stadium. One day earlier, McIntyre called the contest the biggest nonconference game in his eight years as coach. For the first 20 minutes, Syracuse looked like it would come out on top, dominating possession and rattling off shots. Early in the first half, the Orange outshot the Zips four to one, but failed to convert, a frequent occurrence in the team’s six-game stretch that has yielded only one victory.Nineteen seconds into the game, SU applied the pressure it wanted to sustain the entire night. As Akron kicked off, midfielder Mamadou Balde dispossessed a Zips forward near the center circle and boomed the ball to a sprinting Tajon Buchanan. The freshman let the ball bounce in front of him, one-timed a volley and watched the ball ricochet off the post.“For a second,” Buchanan said, “I actually did think it was going to go in. I saw it out the corner of my eye go toward the post, it just curled wide.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTo prevent Akron’s high-powered offense from scoring, the Orange swarmed the ball. It trapped players down the wings, deployed two forwards instead of three to have more players in the midfield and muscled players off the ball. Throughout the game, SU accumulated 16 fouls.Syracuse also used its wingbacks to control possession and play up and down the wings. Yet, the Orange couldn’t beat the nation’s 12th best scoring defense, led by 6-foot-6 goalkeeper Ben Lundt. McIntyre said his team was “exceptional” in the first half, despite trailing.In a five-minute span in the first half, the Orange made five substitutions. As each new player entered the game, the pace slowed and Akron started to control the ball. Forty-four seconds after the final substitution, Ezana Kahsay cut between SU’s flat-footed backline following a spell of short passes and tapped a shot past SU goalie Hendrik Hilpert. As Kahsay celebrated with his teammates near the corner flag, a few of the Orange doubled over. Here they were again, down at home after not converting early.“We were in the ascendancy before they scored,” McIntyre said.In the first four minutes of the second half, the ball remained in SU’s attacking third. The possession culminated in a premium scoring chance as Hugo Delhommelle crossed the ball in to Buchanan. The Colorado native beat a defender and headed the ball towards the net. The ball bounced past the outstretched arm of Lundt and wide of the post.With 16 minutes left, SU head coach Ian McIntyre, hoping to find an equalizer, subbed in Delhommelle, Buchanan, Jan Breitenmoser and John-Austin Ricks. The offensive move yielded more chances. Buchanan and Jonathan Hagman each had a shot go wide. Delhommelle had a corner with 12 seconds left that got sent away.After the game, the Zips’ bench rushed the field while the Orange reserves trickled out. Delhommelle lingered on the pitch near the ACC logo. He worked his way over to the bench and buried his face in his hands. A couple feet away his coach commended the team for a performance that, yet again, wasn’t enough.“That’s our DNA,” McIntyre said. “Kept pushing and pushing until the last 10 seconds. That Akron team celebrating was a reflection of how hard we worked tonight.“This was Syracuse soccer.” Comments Published on October 3, 2017 at 9:12 pm Contact Nick: | @nick_a_alvarez Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more