San Francisco (AFP)

Frenchman Michaël Lorenzo-Vera caused a sensation on Thursday in the first round of the PGA Championship, the first Grand Slam tournament of the season in golf, by pointing to second place, doing even better than his start last year in this event.

Whether on the demanding Bethpage course in Farmingdale (New York) or the equally complicated TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, the start of the PGA Championship has been decidedly successful for Lorenzo-Vera.

The French, 81st in the world, returned a card of 66 (-4) thanks to a sixth birdie on the last hole, forgetting his two bogeys.

There he is provisionally in a group of ten players occupying second place, one stroke behind the leader, the Australian Jason Day. At his side in particular is the two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka.

Last year, he had already shone for his first lap on this Major by placing third. Three days later, he finished 16th, his best performance to date in a Grand Slam.

Lorenzo-Vera is two strokes ahead of legend Tiger Woods, who completed his first lap in 68 strokes (-2) and remains in ambush.

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