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Gary Woodland finishes even par at Round 1 of 2022 PGA Championship

Gary Woodland, of the United States, lines up his putt on the 11th hole during the second round of the Mexico Open at Vidanta in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Friday, April 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Gary Woodland, of the United States, lines up his putt on the 11th hole during the second round of the Mexico Open at Vidanta in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Friday, April 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo) by Matt Tait

After starting his round with three bogeys in his first seven holes, former University of Kansas golf standout Gary Woodland recovered with three birdies in his final 11 holes to finish at even par (70) after one round at the PGA Championship on Thursday.

At the time he finished, Woodland was tied for 24th place at the star-studded major field.

Playing the back nine first, Woodland carded birdies at the par-4 17th hole, the par-4 4th hole and the par-5 5th hole. His birdie at No. 4 featured him draining a 23-foot putt. He followed that up by knocking it on the green in two shots at the fifth hole, and he cleaned up the birdie in two putts from there.

Woodland played with Englishman Lee Westwood and Italian Francesco Molinari on Thursday and that trio will be back out there for Round 2 on Friday.

Former Jayhawk Ryan Vermeer, a PGA professional in Nebraska, shot a 5-over 75 on Thursday, with six bogeys and one birdie. He played with American golfer Brian Harman and South African Oliver Bekker.

Woodland, who became the first Jayhawk to win a major in 2019, when he won the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, finished tied for sixth at the PGA Championship one year earlier in 2018, marking his best performance at the event.

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