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PGA Update: Day 1 - Lingmerth makes run

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SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) -- The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):
   6:40 p.m.
   Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy each finished the first round of the PGA Championship at 1-under 71 -- five shots behind leader Dustin Johnson.
   Not spectacular. But decent enough considering they were playing in the afternoon, with the winds whipping around Whistling Straits.
   The highlight of McIlroy's round was his shot out of a lake beside the fifth green. With most of the ball well above the water, he rolled up one leg of his fuchsia pants, opened up the club face and flopped the shot to 10 feet, then made the putt to save par.
   Trying to become the first player to win all three American majors in a single year, Spieth started the day with 10 straight pars and ended up with two birdies and one bogey.
   They are chasing Johnson, who played in the morning, when the weather was better. David Lingmerth played in the afternoon and shot 67 to finish one shot behind Johnson.
   McIlroy's water shot here:  http://bit.ly/1N68YFX
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   6:05 p.m.
   Here's a way to test your marriage. Put your wife on the bag at a major championship.
   For Steve Stricker, it was no big deal.
   His wife, Nicki, is caddying for him at the PGA Championship. She's been on the bag before, and when Stricker's last caddie, Jimmy Johnson, recently went to work for tour rookie Justin Thomas, Stricker went back to his comfort zone.
   "A guy may not want to say those things that a wife can say to you," Steve Stricker said.
   But there were no harsh words Thursday. Stricker made a 24-foot putt on No. 18 to save par and finish at 1-under 71. A stress-free day, the Wisconsin player called it.
   "I don't want to say it was an easy day, but we communicated well with one another and it was good talks back and forth," Stricker said.
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   5:52 p.m.
   The only player making a run at Dustin Johnson late in Day 1 of the PGA Championship is David Lingmerth.
   Not Rory McIlroy. Not Jordan Spieth.
   Lingmerth briefly pulled into a tie with Johnson at 6 under when he made a birdie on No. 5 -- his 14th hole of the day -- but fell a shot back when he bogeyed No. 6.
   McIlroy is 1 under and Spieth is even through 14.
   Y.E. Yang made a birdie on No. 9 -- only the 13th birdie of the day on that hole -- to finish his afternoon round at 2-under 70, which figures to be one of the better late scores.
   Earlier in the day, a group of seven, including Matt Kuchar, shot 4-under 68. They are tied for third.
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   5:09 p.m.
   Make it five straight birdies for Brooks Koepka.
   He's off to a great start on the back nine Thursday in the first round of the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.
   Koepka chipped in on the par-4 10th and 13th holes, and made birdie putts on the par-5 11th, par-3 12th and par-4 14th -- holing a 23-footer to get below par for the first time Thursday at 1 under.
   The Phoenix Open winner had four bogeys in a 4-over 40 on the front nine.
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   4:50 p.m.
   Some not-so-great news for those finishing late at the PGA Championship. Nos. 18 and at Whistling Straits are playing as the two toughest holes on the  course so far.
   Players are averaging nearly 0.7 over par on the par-4 18th and more than 0.4 over on the par-4 ninth. There have been five birdies and 46 bogeys on No. 18. There have been 11 birdies and 39 bogeys on No. 9.
   So far, only one player in the afternoon has cracked the leaderboard. That's Sweden's David Lingmerth, who is 5 under, one behind Dustin Johnson, after 12 holes.
   Jordan Spieth was 1 over after 11 holes and Rory McIlroy was 1 under.
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   4:15 p.m.
   Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth are at the turn at the PGA Championship, both at even par.
   The world's two best players got to that point in far different ways.
   Spieth went 9 for 9 -- nine holes, nine pars.
   McIlroy has been up and down, starting his opening round with the first of two bogeys, and finishing the front nine with the second of two birdies.
   In between, he dipped his feet in the water after his second shot on the fifth hole landed in a lake by the green.
   Rolling up the right pant leg on his fuchsia slacks, McIlroy made solid contact and got the ball back on to the green. He then made a 10-foot putt for a par.
   Zach Johnson, the British Open champion, completed the threesome. He was also at even par at the turn with three bogeys and three birdies.
   3:53 p.m.
   The wind is whipping at Whistling Straits.
   It isn't bothering David Lingmerth.
   The Swede just shot 5-under 31 over his first nine holes at the PGA Championship, making the turn only one shot behind leader Dustin Johnson.
   Most everyone else is struggling in the afternoon, with 16 mph wind blowing across the course.
   Top-ranked Rory McIlroy is having trouble hitting it straight. He's at 1 over through eight. Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth has opened with eight straight pars. And British Open champion Zach Johnson threw one ball into Lake Michigan in frustration and hit another one into the water. He has made three bogeys so far and is 1 over.
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   3:08 p.m.
   Aqua golf!
   Rory McIlroy rolled up his pant leg and took a step into the lake to hit his third shot on the fifth hole at Whistling Straits.
   He opened the clubface, made solid contact, got the ball back onto the green and rolled the 10-foot par putt into the side of the hole for a par. As they say, "It's not how, it's how many."
   And those fuchsia pants weren't any worse for wear.
   Check this out: http://bit.ly/1N68YFX
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   2:38 p.m.
   Some stats on Tiger's putting: He needed 33 putts and the average length of the putts he made was a tad under 4 feet.
   "Probably one of the worst putting rounds I've had in a long time," he said. "I just never had the speed right. I either left them short or blew them by. Just didn't have the speed at all."
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   2:38 p.m.
   Zach Johnson just chucked a ball into Lake Michigan. Reason: He made bogey on the fourth hole to fall to 1-over par.
   The British Open champion is struggling. He also made a bogey on the par-5 second after hitting his second shot in a bunker that was situated outside the ropes and pocked with footprints from spectators. He hacked that one out, but into the rough, then needed three more shots to finish the hole.
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   2:22 p.m.
   The season is almost over for Tiger Woods. Could be over as soon as Friday.
   Woods couldn't get putts to go in Thursday and finished at 3-over 75 in the first round of the PGA Championship.
   That's nine shots behind clubhouse leader Dustin Johnson and very much in danger of missing the cut. If that happens, this would mark the first time in his career he's missed three straight cuts at a major.
   Woods came into the week ranked 186th in the FedEx Cup standings. He needs a huge week to get in the mix for the playoffs, which begins with the top 125.
   Hard to think it'll happen after Thursday, and Woods wasn't trying to deny it.
   "The season is pretty much over, very soon," he said. "But the year is not. There's plenty of golf to be played."
   Most of it, though, would be in overseas events, and not where the top players will be competing.
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   1:47 p.m.
   Phil Mickelson has opened with a birdie.
   Rory McIlroy has opened with a bogey.
   Jordan Spieth has opened with a par. And Adam Scott has opened with two straight birdies.
   They're all trying to catch Dustin Johnson, who shot 6-under 66. They're part of the afternoon group teeing off at the PGA Championship.
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   1:24 p.m.
   You could say that both Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods are picking up where they left off.
   Johnson knows his way around Whistling Straits. He shot a 6-under 66 at the PGA Championship today, writing a new chapter at the Wisconsin course that's the sight of one of his worst moments. He was leading going into the 72nd hole here in 2010, but grounded his club in a trash-strewn bunker and was penalized two shots. That kept him out of a playoff.
   His 6 under in the first round Thursday included five birdies, an eagle, one bogey and no drama.
   It gave him the clubhouse lead with the morning rounds wrapping up. It also put him nine shots ahead of Woods, who had a 75 and is in danger of missing three straight cuts in the majors for the first time in his career.
   The world's top two players, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, just teed off.
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