Eric Cole, a 2023 PGA Tour rookie, leads the field at 5-under. Bryson DeChambeau, who is one stroke behind Cole at 4-under, will aim to become the first LIV Golf player to win a major.

He is one of 16 Saudi-backed tour players competing in the PGA Championship. There are 156 participants in the field

And they will play the first two rounds in groups of three on Thursday and Friday. Scottie Scheffler, Corey Conners, and Dustin Johnson are three strokes behind DeChambeau.

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Eric Cole, a newcomer, takes over as the only leader after three consecutive birdies.

A relatively unknown player has gotten to the top of the scoreboard among all the major names around the top.

Eric Cole has taken over first position at the PGA Championship after a birdie on the fourth hole placed him at 5-under-par

His third birdie in a row, separating him from Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott, and Bryson DeChambeau, who had been the single leader for much of the day.