Stricker surges to PGA lead with brilliant start

Steve Stricker has never won one of golf's biggest championships, and the Americans are mired in their longest drought of the modern era.

Maybe the 44-year-old Stricker will take care of both in one week.

Stricker got off to a brilliant start at the PGA Championship on Thursday, posting a 5-under 30 on the tough back side after teeing off at the 10th. He made another birdie right after the turn to stretch his lead to three strokes.

Jerry Kelly and Alexander Noren are at 3 under, while those at 2 under includes young Italian Matteo Manassero.

Tiger Woods was actually tied for the lead after birdies on three of his first five holes. But a tee shot into the water at the 15th led to a double bogey, and he's fallen apart since then: 4 over through 14 holes.

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. (AP) — Steve Stricker has never won one of golf's biggest championships, and the Americans are mired in their longest drought of the modern era.

Maybe the 44-year-old Stricker will take care of both in one week.

Stricker got off to a brilliant start at the PGA Championship on Thursday, starting out by playing the tough back nine at 4-under par, and making another birdie after the turn to stretch his lead to three strokes.

Jerry Kelly and Alexander Noren are at 3 under, while Adam Scott is in the group at 2 under.

Tiger Woods was actually tied for the lead after birdies on three of his first five holes. But a tee shot into the water at the 15th led to a double bogey, and he's fallen apart since then: 5 over through 13 holes.

(This version CORRECTS APNewsNow. Updates and corrects that Stricker shot 5-under 30 on back side.)