Windsor golf pro Jason Schmuhl shot a 4-over-par 74 in the opening round of the PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club outside St. Louis on Thursday, placing him in the middle of the pack after day one.
After going 3-over on the front nine, he settled down a bit and shot just 1-over on the last nine holes on the 7,318-yard, par-70 course.
This is the second PGA Championship for Schmuhl, 46, who has been the pro at Windsor Golf Course for 20 years. He is in the Analy High School and Santa Rosa Junior College golf halls of fame.
Schmuhl is one of 20 club pros in the $10.5 million tournament, qualifying after a fourth-place finish in the PGA Professional Championship in June at Bayonet in Seaside.
Schmuhl’s 74 was good for seventh best among the club pros in the field.
Overall, Gary Woodland shot a 6-under 64 for a one-shot lead over Rickie Fowler after round one. Fowler made five birdies over his last 11 holes for a 65, while Zach Johnson and Brandon Stone were at 66.
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