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Tracking Ryan Moore at the 2014 PGA Championship: First round

This week: PGA Championship, Thursday through Sunday, Valhalla Golf Club, Louisville, Kentucky.

First-round score: 2-over-par 73.

Position: Moore is tied for 93rd, eight strokes behind leaders Kevin Chappell, Ryan Palmer and Lee Westwood (65).

Recap: The Puyallup resident is second on the PGA Tour in first-round scoring average (68.53 strokes), behind only Rory McIlroy, which makes Moore’s 73 all the more surprising. In fact, it is only the third time he has opened a tournament this season with an over-par score. The other two also were majors: the Masters (77) and the U.S. Open (76). He had a chance right out of the gate to get under par, but he missed a 6-foot putt on the first hole. He was even par (one bogey, one birdie) until he stepped to the tee on the 14th hole, a long par 3. His tee shot went into the front left bunker, and it took him two shots to get out of it, leading to a double bogey. Moore also bogeyed the 17th hole, but on the par-5 18th, he reached the right fringe of the green in two shots, then chipped close for an easy birdie putt.

Tee time Friday: 5:35 a.m. (PDT) off the 10th tee.

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