SAN FRANCISCO – By now, it is becoming all too familiar.
The starter stepped to the microphone and kept to the PGA Championship tradition afforded its champions. One player gets the longest introduction. “Now on the tee, the 1999, 2000, 2006 and 2007 PGA Champion ... Tiger Woods.”
And then silence.
It's the eerie product of golf amid a pandemic, and even after two months of no spectators, the quiet can be jarring.
Also familiar — Brooks Koepka bringing his best to the majors.
Jason Day and Brendon Todd wound up in a share of the lead Thursday after an opening round packed with action, just not cheers. Each posted a 5-under 65 at Harding Park, where fog gave way to the sun and the wind eased just enough to make the public course accessible to reasonable scoring.
The one constant appears to be Koepka.
Just two weeks after he missed a cut and was so frustrated he said he heaved a club 70 yards during practice, he powered his way to six birdies for a 66 that left him in a large group one shot behind.