Dean Burmester leads SA charge at PGA Championship, 4 behind leader Rory McIlroy

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South Africa's Dean Burmester during the first round of the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
South Africa's Dean Burmester during the first round of the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Dean Burmester leads the South African charge after Thursday's opening round of the PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

There are 11 South Africans taking part in the year's second major.

Burmester shot an opening round of one-under 69 on Thursday, leaving him tied for 16th and four shots behind leader Rory McIlroy from Northern Ireland.

Charl Schwartzel, Shaun Norris, and Justin Harding are two shots behind Burmester after shooting one-over par 71s, leaving them in tied for 38th position.

Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Louis Oosthuizen, and Branden Grace are a further two behind after shooting three-over par 73s. They lie tied for 78th.

Daniel Van Tonder and Garrick Higgo shot four-over par 74s to sit tied for 99th alongside American great Tiger Woods.

Erik van Rooyen shot five-over 75 to share 114th spot, while Oliver Bekker struggled with an eight-over 78 to close in tied for 138th position.

Scores after Thursday's opening round of the PGA Championship at par-70 Southern Hills Country Club:

65 - Rory McIlroy (NIR)

66 - Tom Hoge (USA), Will Zalatoris (USA)

67 - Matt Kuchar (USA), Justin Thomas (USA), Abraham Ancer (MEX)

68 - Chris Kirk (USA), Mito Pereira (CHI), Xander Schauffele (USA), Cameron Smith (AUS), Kevin Na (USA), Davis Riley (USA), Matt Fitzpatrick (ENG), Lucas Herbert (AUS), Joaquin Niemann (CHI)

69 - Tony Finau (USA), Stewart Cink (USA), Webb Simpson (USA), Talor Gooch (USA), Patrick Reed (USA), Beau Hossler (USA), Dean Burmester (RSA), Thomas Pieters (BEL), Lee Kyung-Hoon (KOR), Aaron Wise (AUS), Patton Kizzire (USA)

70 - Shane Lowry (IRL), Francesco Molinari (ITA), Viktor Hovland (NOR), Alexander Norn (SWE), Ryan Fox (NZL), Gary Woodland (USA), Russell Henley (USA), Brendan Steele (USA), Max Homa (USA), Tyrrell Hatton (ENG), Robert MacIntyre (SCO)

71 - Justin Rose (ENG), Tommy Fleetwood (ENG), Kramer Hickok (USA), Adam Schenk (USA), Cameron Young (USA), Rickie Fowler (USA), Harold Varner III (USA), Scottie Scheffler (USA), Sam Burns (USA), Kevin Streelman (USA), Charl Schwartzel (RSA), Shaun Norris (RSA), Justin Harding (RSA), Seamus Power (IRL), Yang Yong-eun (KOR), Kim Si-woo (KOR), Sepp Straka (AUT), Jason Day (AUS)

72 - Marc Leishman (AUS), Cameron Davis (AUS), Adri Arnaus (ESP), Hideki Matsuyama (JPN), Yuki Inamori (JPN), Alex Cejka (GER), Henrik Stenson (SWE), Cameron Tringale (USA), Jordan Spieth (USA), Keegan Bradley (USA), Kevin Kisner (USA), Lanto Griffin (USA), Jesse Mueller (USA) J.J. Spaun (USA), Collin Morikawa (USA), Keith Mitchell (USA), Jason Dufner (USA) John Daly (USA), Bubba Watson (USA), Laurie Canter (ENG), Chan Kim (USA), Bernd Wiesberger (AUT)

73 - Daniel Berger (USA) Rich Beem (USA) Ryan Palmer (USA), Dustin Johnson (USA), Matthew Borchert (USA), Troy Merritt (USA) Denny McCarthy (USA) Christiaan Bezuidenhout (RSA), Louis Oosthuizen (RSA), Branden Grace (RSA), Anirban Lahiri (IND), Jinichiro Kozuma (JPN), Sergio Garcia (ESP), Jon Rahm (ESP), Adam Hadwin (CAN), Matt Jones (AUS), Min Woo Lee (AUS), Maverick McNealy (USA), Alex Beach (USA), Joel Dahmen (USA), Jhonattan Vegas (VEN)

74 - Rikuya Hoshino (JPN), Juan Sebastin Muoz (COL), Danie Van Tonder (RSA), Garrick Higgo (RSA), Tiger Woods (USA), Zach Johnson (USA), Brian Harman (USA), Jason Kokrak (USA), Hudson Swafford (USA), Cameron Champ (USA), Richard Bland (ENG), Sam Horsfield (ENG), Russell Knox (SCO), Harry Higgs (USA), Luke List (USA)

75 - Lee Westwood (ENG), Billy Horschel (USA), Brooks Koepka (USA), Lucas Glover (USA), Ryan Vermeer (USA), Kyle Mendoza (USA), Sadom Kaewkanjana (THA), Erik van Rooyen (RSA)

76 - Martin Kaymer (GER), Corey Conners (CAN), Patrick Cantlay (USA), Matthew Wolff (USA) Shaun Micheel (USA), Ryan Brehm (USA), Ian Poulter (ENG), Kim Bi-o (KOR)

77 - Takumi Kanaya (JPN), Mackenzie Hughes (CAN), Padraig Harrington (IRL), Pablo Larrazabal (ESP), Wyatt Worthington (USA), Tim Feenstra (USA), Adam Scott (AUS), Chad Ramey (USA)

78 - Nicolai Hoejgaard (DEN), Oliver Bekker (RSA), Shawn Warren (USA) Dylan Newman (USA), Colin Inglis (USA), Nic Ishee (USA), Michael Block (USA), Scott Stallings (USA), Brandon Bingaman (USA), Kim Joo-hyung (KOR), Austin Hurt (USA), Paul Dickinson (USA)

79 - Casey Pyne (USA), Carlos Ortiz (MEX), Ryosuke Kinoshita (JPN), Tyler Collet (USA), Jared Jones (USA)

81 - Zac Oakley (USA)

82 - Sean McCarty (USA)


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