Between them, Zach Johnson and Martin Kaymer have won the career Grand Slam. But it was still a surprise seeing their names among the leaders after the first round of the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park.
Call it what you will – golf or life or the natural progression of things – but what Johnson and Kaymer did Thursday on the southwestern edge of San Francisco in shooting 4-under-par rounds of 66 was another reminder of how the game can come and go like the familiar fog there.
Was it really that long ago that Johnson and Kaymer were at or near the top of the world?
Yes and no.
It’s been five years since Zach Johnson added the Claret Jug to the green jacket he won in 2007, winning his second major at the Old Course in a playoff against Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman.
It’s been six years since Kaymer won the Players Championship and the U.S. Open in the span of five weeks and it’s been 10 years since he won the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, boosting him toward a brief and quiet reign as the No. 1 player ...
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