ST. LOUIS — Gary Woodland fell in love with Bellerive when he first played it a month ago. It’s a big golf course that would play into the hands of a power player. It would be soft from the stifling heat and humidity of summer, allowing him to be aggressive.
Woodland delivered his best performance in a major Thursday at the PGA Championship.
All because of his putter.
Once he settled down while playing before so many family members and friends, the Kansas-bred player ran off seven birdies and made five putts from 15 feet or longer for a 6-under-par 64, giving him a one-shot lead over Rickie Fowler in an opening round that otherwise went as advertised.