It was a tale of two waves of tee times during the first round of the 2015 PGA Championship on Thursday. Conditions were prime for scoring in the morning and most of the field took advantage and posted a number in the red. The wind picked up in the afternoon and it became more of a challenge to find birdies. How the course plays on Friday remains to be seen, but the field will be scrambling to make the cut and play the weekend.
Dustin Johnson is out in front following the first round, a familiar spot for the 31-year-old. He's been in or near the lead frequently in majors, including following the first round of the 2015 British Open. He hasn't been able to secure the lead for good and hoist a major trophy yet, but it appears he will get another opportunity this week. He fired a 6-under 66 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead into the second round.
A total of 38 players are at 1-under or better to open the second round. that includes both Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth who managed 1-under rounds of 71 while playing in the afternoon wave. They will begin their second rounds much earlier, again paired in the marquee group of the day. However, viewers who want to watch the Nos. 1 and 2 players in the world will have limited options. TNT will once again provide television coverage, but the broadcast isn't scheduled to begin until 2 p.m. ET. Spieth, McIlroy and Zach Johnson are scheduled to tee off on No. 10 at 9:05 a.m., well before the broadcast begins. They might be completely done with their rounds before the TV coverage even begins. The same goes for most of the morning wave, who will be wrapping up their second 18 when the broadcast starts.
Viewers will be able to watch McIlroy and Spieth thanks to a featured group stream from PGA.com. The stream is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. and will follow the trio of Johnson, Spieth and McIlroy. Watching any of the rest of the morning wave will be a challenge as the featured stream group is the only coverage scheduled to begin before 2 p.m.
TNT will broadcast live for six hours with coverage scheduled to run from 2 to 8 p.m. There will be more streaming options in the afternoon with a Par 3 stream, a live simulcast of the TNT coverage and the featured group stream of the afternoon. Ernie Johnson will host the TNT coverage while the online streams will be available at PGA.com and on the PGA Championship app.
Although full coverage will begin later in the day, there will still be plenty of action and intrigue in the afternoon. Johnson will be among the afternoon wave as he attempts to hand on to the lead. Tiger Woods will also play his round during the television coverage window. Woods shot a 3-over 75 in the first round and has some work to do to make the cut. If he fails to do so, it would be his third straight missed cut in a major.
Here is a complete look at the second round coverage. All times Eastern.
Second round coverage
2 to 8 p.m. - TNT
9 a.m to 8 p.m. - Featured groups on PGA.com and via the PGA Championship app
2 to 8 p.m. - Par 3 stream on PGA.com and via the PGA Championship app
2 to 8 p.m. - TV simulcast stream on PGA.com and via the PGA Championship app
Noon to 8 p.m. - PGA Tour Radio on Sirius-XM (Ch. 93/208)
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