TOWN AND COUNTRY, Mo. — Rickie Fowler raced to a two-stroke clubhouse lead at the P.G.A. Championship on Thursday as he bid to win his first major. Fowler, 29, has finished second three times at Grand Slam events.
Fowler shot a five-under-par 65 with six birdies and a bogey, including birdies on two of his last three holes to pull away from the field.
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“If you hit fairways and greens, it’s not hard,” he said.
Among those who finished at 3-under were Austin Cook, Pat Perez, Jason Day and Ian Poulter.
Tiger Woods got off to a poor start at Bellerive Country Club, falling to 3-over after two holes, but rallied. He finished at even par.
Woods, who has been playing as well as he has in years in recent weeks, was considered to be a contender in the event after a promising British Open last month.
He started on the 10th hole and bogeyed it, after a trip to deep rough off the tee. He…