Some big names shot some big numbers on opening day at the PGA Championship.

If you were unable to watch the first round of the PGA Championship, well, you didn’t miss much. The opening round of the final major of the season was a bit of a bore, as the top names scratched their way around Baltusrol. The whole day just seemed flat. You kept waiting for someone to go on a run, or for a quick flurry of activity. There was just no rhythm.

We hyped the PGA pre-tournament for the way they set up the course to yield low rounds and big leaderboard movements. There are supposed to be birdies out there for everyone and a set-up that generally brings the best out of the best. At least that’s what we tried to tell you. Maybe it’s the quick turnaround, the final round coming just 11 days after that manic Sunday finish at The Open? We’re just catching our breath from that final round and it does feel off to have the PGA already here. Or perhaps this was just an anomalous boring day and now we’re due for 54 great holes coming in at a great championship.

Here are some of the notable scores and stories from the opening round at Baltusrol.

Dustin Johnson ejects from the premises

This was probably the most shocking round of the day. DJ, the favorite, my pick to win, just completely ejected from the championship with one of the worst rounds we’ve ever seen from him. He should carve this course up — it was right there in front of him. This wasn’t like that massacre in the final round of the U.S. Open at Pebble, but it was one of those days where it kept getting worse and worse.

The round from hell culminated at the 18th hole, a piece-of-cake par-5 for the longest hitter in the game. Dustin should easily reach the green in two and have a chance at eagle. He doesn’t even need a driver. But there he was up on the tee, pulling iron and yanking it hard left into the middle of the pond running down that side of the hole. After taking a drop, he yanked another into some trees. He finally got up on the green and two-putted for an inexcusable bogey on a 550-yard par-5. That put the final tally at 7-over 77, a stunning and unexpected 12 shots back that has him completely out of it.

Only five players in the 156-man field posted worse rounds, and three of those were the club pros. As he walked up the 18th after that water ball, DJ looked like someone who just wanted to get out of town and take a few weeks off. He did not talk to the media after the round, instead bolting to the car with a quick comment.

Henrik’s back

This seems counterintuitive, but my expectations for Henrik Stenson this week were actually low. It sounds stupid — this was the guy who just set Royal Troon ablaze during a record-setting Open Championship. But again, that was just 11 days ago! After doing media in different spots around Europe and fulfilling all the duties that come with being a new major champion, Henrik flew over from Copenhagen late Sunday. The accounts from the ground said he looked weary this week and even he said his preparation was not what it would normally be.

It was natural to expect a bit of a letdown after all that he’s accomplished and celebrated in the last 10 days. There he was, though, back firing darts into the flag from the very top of his round.

Fatigue did not seem to be an issue throughout his first round. Stenson is 3-under and right back on the first page of a major championship leaderboard.

Phil and Jordan get it back

While DJ compounded mistakes early in the round with that awful finishing bogey, Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson were able to get a few back coming into the house. Mickelson was out early and 4-over through his first 11 holes, hitting driver all over the yard and in danger of missing his third major cut this year. It was a surprise to see him go the wrong way after the show he put on at The Open (though again, 11 days ago), but Phil salvaged the round a bit on his second nine. He poured in three birdies in his final seven holes to finish at 1-over.

Mickelson is not in ideal position, but with the way he’s played recently he could certainly be in line for a mid-60s round on a soft course tomorrow to get back in it heading to the weekend.

Spieth is a shot better than Phil at even-par, finishing with two birdies in his last three holes to get there. It was a relatively boring day for last year’s PGA runner-up. There was a double bogey early in his front nine, then a whole bunch of pars until those final three holes. He missed some chances on the front nine up on the green and maintained he’s still striking the ball beautifully. Just like Phil, he’s in fine shape after a frustrating round.

Rory can’t putt

The story of the morning was Rory McIlroy’s awful putting, leading to a shocking, DJ-esque 74. I went through it in more detail here, but this course was set up beautifully for Rory to feast. And the tee-to-green game was there. He just couldn’t make a damn putt to save his life, and that had to have him tempted to snap the club over his knee as he walked off at 4-over.

Here’s where we stand after 18 holes at Baltusrol. Back tomorrow for a second round that will hopefully have some more fireworks.

1 — Jimmy Walker — -5
T2 — Emiliano Grillo — -4
T2 — Ross Fisher — -4
T2 — Martin Kaymer — -4
T5 — Harris English — -3
T5 — James Hahn — -3
T5 — Andy Sullivan — -3
T5 — Henrik Stenson — -3
T9 — K.J. Choi — -2
T9 — David Lingmerth — -2
T9 — Rickie Fowler — -2
T9 — Scott Hend — -2
T9 — Brooks Koepka — -2
T9 — Vaughn Taylor — -2
T9 — Robert Streb — -2
T9 — Jason Day — -2
T9 — Jhonattan Vegas — -2
T9 — John Senden — -2
T9 — Russell Henley — -2
T9 — Louis Oosthuizen — -2
T21 — Bradley Dredge — -1
T21 — Jon Curran — -1
T21 — Hideki Matsuyama — -1
T21 — Chris Wood — -1
T21 — Victor Dubuisson — -1
T21 — Justin Thomas — -1
T21 — Paul Casey — -1
T21 — Lee Westwood — -1
T21 — Jamie Donaldson — -1
T21 — Gregory Bourdy — -1
T21 — Colt Knost — -1
T21 — Steve Stricker — -1
T21 — Rich Beem — -1
T21 — Danny Lee — -1
T21 — Webb Simpson — -1
T36 — Jason Kokrak — E
T36 — Brian Stuard — E
T36 — Aaron Baddeley — E
T36 — Branden Grace — E
T36 — Soren Kjeldsen — E
T36 — Adam Scott — E
T36 — Bill Haas — E
T36 — Yuta Ikeda — E
T36 — Andrew Johnston — E
T36 — Alexander Noren — E
T36 — Thorbjorn Olesen — E
T36 — Jordan Spieth — E
T36 — Russell Knox — E
T36 — Kiradech Aphibarnrat — E
T36 — Patrick Reed — E
T36 — Justin Rose — E
T36 — William McGirt — E
T36 — Kyle Reifers — E
T36 — Daniel Summerhays — E
T55 — Patton Kizzire — 1
T55 — Freddie Jacobson — 1
T55 — Jason Bohn — 1
T55 — Daniel Berger — 1
T55 — Tyrrell Hatton — 1
T55 — Kevin Kisner — 1
T55 — Zach Johnson — 1
T55 — Padraig Harrington — 1
T55 — Marcus Fraser — 1
T55 — Kevin Na — 1
T55 — Phil Mickelson — 1
T55 — Jamie Lovemark — 1
T55 — Hideto Tanihara — 1
T55 — Ryan Palmer — 1
T55 — Rob Labritz — 1
T55 — Jason Dufner — 1
T55 — Francesco Molinari — 1
T55 — Brendan Steele — 1
T55 — Bubba Watson — 1
T55 — Sergio Garcia — 1
T55 — Marc Leishman — 1
T55 — Thomas Pieters — 1
T55 — Danny Willett — 1
T55 — Ryan Moore — 1
T55 — Young-han Song — 1
T55 — Si Woo Kim — 1
T81 — Kristoffer Broberg — 2
T81 — Rafael Cabrera Bello — 2
T81 — Billy Hurley III — 2
T81 — Rikard Karlberg — 2
T81 — Roberto Castro — 2
T81 — Omar Uresti — 2
T81 — Greg Chalmers — 2
T81 — George Coetzee — 2
T81 — Ryan Helminen — 2
T81 — Nicolas Colsaerts — 2
T81 — Michael Block — 2
T81 — Harold Varner — 2
T81 — Johan Kok — 2
T81 — Kevin Chappell — 2
T81 — Scott Piercy — 2
T81 — Rich Berberian Jr. — 2
T81 — Matthew Fitzpatrick — 2
T81 — Billy Horschel — 2
T81 — Luke Donald — 2
T81 — Y.E. Yang — 2
T81 — Shane Lowry — 2
T81 — Byeong-Hun An — 2
T81 — Thongchai Jaidee — 2
T81 — Joost Luiten — 2
T81 — Benjamin Polland — 2
T81 — Cameron Tringale — 2
T107 — Jeunghun Wang — 3
T107 — Matt Dobyns — 3
T107 — Ernie Els — 3
T107 — Brandt Snedeker — 3
T107 — Keegan Bradley — 3
T107 — Rod Perry — 3
T107 — Zac Blair — 3
T107 — David Muttitt — 3
T107 — Smylie Kaufman — 3
T107 — Gary Woodland — 3
T107 — Anirban Lahiri — 3
T107 — Charl Schwartzel — 3
T107 — Peter Malnati — 3
T120 — Chris Kirk — 4
T120 — Brian Gaffney — 4
T120 — Darren Clarke — 4
T120 — John Daly — 4
T120 — Vijay Singh — 4
T120 — Matt Jones — 4
T120 — Rory McIlroy — 4
T120 — David Toms — 4
T120 — Matt Kuchar — 4
T120 — Jim Furyk — 4
T120 — Graeme McDowell — 4
T120 — Mitch Lowe — 4
T120 — Bryce Molder — 4
T133 — Mark Brown — 5
T133 — J.B. Holmes — 5
T133 — Charley Hoffman — 5
T133 — Jonas Blixt — 5
T133 — Fabian Gomez — 5
T133 — Bernd Wiesberger — 5
T133 — Kevin Streelman — 5
T140 — Wyatt Worthington II — 6
T140 — Joseph Summerhays — 6
T140 — Rocco Mediate — 6
T143 — Tommy Sharp — 7
T143 — Josh Speight — 7
T143 — Troy Merritt — 7
T143 — Shaun Micheel — 7
T143 — Tony Finau — 7
T143 — Jim Herman — 7
T143 — Dustin Johnson — 7
T143 — Soomin Lee — 7
T143 — Kyung-tae Kim — 7
T152 — James Morrison — 8
T152 — Rick Schuller — 8
T154 — Brandon Stone — 9
T154 — Brad Ott — 9
156 — Brad Lardon — 13

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