2024 PGA Championship By the Numbers: Facts and Stats That Mattered Most on Day 1

The first day of the 2024 PGA Championship in the books. Here are the facts and figures that stood out.
Valhalla Golf Club saw a record number of players under par in the first round.
Valhalla Golf Club saw a record number of players under par in the first round. / Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The first round of the 106th PGA Championship is complete, with Xander Schauffele setting the pace at 9 under par. Here are some of the other notable numbers.

64 – Players under par in Round 1, a new PGA Championship record (60, 2006 Medinah)

71.274 – Round 1 scoring average (par-71)

4 – Rounds of 62 in major-championship history.

2 – Rounds of 62 in major-championship history by Xander Schauffele.

3 – Number of players before Thursday to hold a lead of three or more shots after Round 1 at the PGA. Two went on to win (Bobby Nichols, 1964; Raymond Floyd, 1982).

31 – Back-nine score for Schauffele, Tony Finau and Ben Kohles.

2 – Players who shot 31 on back nine in the 2014 PGA at Valhalla (Ryan Palmer, Brandt Snedeker).

12 – Top-10 major finishes for Schauffele without a win, second to Rickie Fowler (13) in the field.

1 – Pars by Rickie Fowler on his front nine.

9 – Pars by Rickie Fowler on back nine. He shot 1 over.

3 – Consecutive PGA Championships with a hole-out eagle on the 1st hole (Scottie Scheffler on Thursday, Scott Stallings in 2023 at Oak Hill, Jesse Mueller in 2022 at Southern Hills).

67 – Opening round by Brooks Koepka, tied for the fourth-lowest opening round for a defending PGA champion in the last 25 years (Koepka also has two of the top three).

8Michael Block’s score on the par-4 2nd hole, the first quadruple bogey of the 2024 PGA. The club professional is in the field this week courtesy of his T15 finish last year, when he became one of the darlings of the event. He shot 5-over 76 on Thursday.

0 — Club professionals to make the PGA Championship cut in back-to-back years since Illinois club pro Tom Wargo did in 1992–'93.

69 — Score for club professional Jeremy Wells, just the second club pro in the last 20 years to break 70 in the first round of a PGA.

9 – Opening rounds of 66 or better in majors by Rory McIlroy, the most all-time.

20 – Major-championship top-10 finishes from McIlroy since his last major win at Valhalla in 2014, the most by any player over that span ahead of Koepka (17), Dustin Johnson (16) and Jordan Spieth (13).

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