Denmark's Olesen, who won the golf World Cup in Melbourne previous year, sits at four-under (15 holes) and holds a one-shot lead over reigning US Open champion Brooks Koepka and Grayson Murray (68) and Gary Woodland (17 holes) at three-under. "This has been a very poor year for me so hopefully I can turn it around and start playing some good golf here". Koepka ended up bogeying the hole. At the par-5 10th hole, his first of the day, Koepka failed to convert a 4-footer for birdie and had to settle for an opening par.
Other than a terrific two-putt from 70 feet on his second hole of the day, the par-4 12th after starting on the 10th hole, where he came within a few inches of making a big right-to-left sweeper down a ridge, little went right with the best club in his bag.
Spieth is bidding to become the youngest man to win a career Grand Slam this week. "I feel very comfortable here", he said.
"It annoys and motivates me at the same time, because I know how good I can be, because I have gotten to number one in the world", Day said.
Spieth had insisted on Wednesday that he had no "burning desire" to surpass Woods as the youngest grand slam victor and was "freerolling" this week, but added: "I don't think I was as freerolling as I thought I would be, as you can tell by some frustration". You have to pull off some solid shots to make birdies on those holes.
Koepka didn't care much about the lucky break. "I felt awful about it", Koepka later told reporters.
"I'm not trying to sound like a smart aleck (but) surely they didn't move the PGA here on the basis they'd only change three holes". I said, 'I'm either going to play and be competitive, or I'm not going to play at all, ' because I hate mediocre golf.
"I know people who work for the Trump organisation who joke with me, "You're the only one who has got a cheque from the President".
"I was exhausted at the end of it and I didn't have enough time to reflect on what I accomplished, but also to relax and try and replace all the energy that expelled". Never feel like you're out of the hole.