2012 and 2014. If the Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy gets what he wants, he can add 2022 to the list of his victories in the major competition PGA Championships.

It is certainly a long way to go, but the 33-year-old has got off to a good start in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.

He started the competition's first round on hole ten and started with two straight pairs, before hitting with four straight birdies and sailing to the top of the results list.

No other player could challenge him during the round, despite being bogeys on holes six and eight.

-It was a really good start.

I have been in good shape, says Rory McIlroy according to AP.

He is being chased by three Americans.

Second place is shared by Will Zalatoris and Tom Hoge, one stroke behind, while Matt Kuchar is four, two strokes behind.

Woods long after

Another American - superstar Tiger Woods - who has won the competition four times and who makes his second major after the car accident in 2021 - did not have an equally successful round.

The 46-year-old is far down the list of results after going the round on four strokes over par, with seven bogeys and three birdies in the scorecard.

Afterwards, he explains how his right leg, which he injured in the crash, constantly aches.

-Toing it hurts, to push away hurts, to walk hurts and to turn hurts.

The Swedes are far behind

Alex Norén and Henrik Stenson are the only Swedes to play and had slightly better first rounds than Woods.

Norén mixed high with low and is with three bogeys and three birdies on par, with 70 strokes.

Stenson in turn got four bogeys and just two birdies and is thus on two over par before the second round.