Will Zalatoris’ first profession begin on the PGA Championship didn’t go as deliberate on Thursday.
The 24-year-old opened with two bogeys in his first 4 holes on the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island in South Carolina.
Yet on the par-4 sixth, Zalatoris greater than made up for his stumble out of the gate — and should have hit the shot of the day within the course of.
Zalatoris, from 119 yards out, expertly spun his method shot again and in for an eagle to carry him to even par on the day.
Zalatoris backed that eagle up with a birdie on the par-5 seventh, too, after he hit that inexperienced in two to arrange a straightforward two-putt and get him to 1-under par on his opening 9.
Zalatoris has had an amazing rookie season up to now this 12 months, particularly on the main championships. He completed T6 on the rescheduled U.S. Open in September, after which completed runner-up on the Masters Tournament behind Hideki Matsuyama final month at Augusta National. Zalatoris has six top-10 finishes already this season, and completed T17 final week on the AT&T Byron Nelson.
While it’s nonetheless early, it’s secure to say that Zalatoris’ powerful begin is nicely behind him.
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