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Late rally saves Spieth as Olesen sets early pace at the PGA Championship

Disappointing for Lowry, disaster for Harrington on the opening day at Quail Hollow.

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JORDAN SPIETH SALVAGED his round with two late birdies on the opening day of the PGA Championship.

But the world number two, who is chasing the career Grand Slam this week at Quail Hollow, is five shots off the early pace set by Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen (-4).

Spieth was three-over par with three holes to play but his putter came good late on, rolling in birdies on the seventh and the eight before closing out with a par for a round of 72.

Ireland Shane Lowry was among the early starters, and the Clara native has work to do on Friday after he opened with six bogeys in a round of three-over par 74.

Pádraig Harrington’s tournament looks set to be a brief one after he slumped to a disappointing eight-over on Thursday, leaving him in a tie for 144th.

Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy teed off in the afternoon groupings. McDowell remains on level par through five holes, while McIlroy is one-over through six.

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