PGA Championship Round 1 grades


Tiger Woods was the only player on my board of top 13 players (World No. 6 Matt Kuchar withdrew with a bad back) in the world to shoot over par on Thursday. You could make all the excuses you want for why he doesn't deserve a D grade -- his injury and lack of play -- but he showed up to compete and simply didn't play well.

Rory McIlroy continues to be the head of my class.  Lee Westwood, Kevin Chappell and Ryan Palmer  -- all not on my board -- beat McIlroy on Thursday, but the 25-year-old Northern Irishman will be hard to keep up with over 72 holes.