Wisconsin native Jerry Kelly has welcomed the 86th PGA Championship to his home state with open arms.

First-Round Q&A with TNT's Billy Kratzert

TNT course reporter Billy Kratzert sat down with following the first round of the 86th PGA Championship and offered his thoughts on what transpired at Whistling Straits, from the course set-up to Tiger's struggles. We saw 39 players break par today at a Whistling Straits course that was expected to cause these players fits. You followed Phil Mickelson during his round today and got a close look at the course set-up. Did the field get a break from the PGA?

Kratzert: You know, I'm in agreement with Lanny (Wadkins) and Bobby (Clampett) and (Gary) McCord in that I don't think (the PGA) really knew what to expect the first day of the set-up. The wind kind of flipped out there and 18 became a very, very soft tee shot, I thought. I thought 11 certainly gave the guys the opportunity to go for the green in two. I thought that was actually a good decision because it brought that front bunker into play. We saw Todd Hamilton in there, and I thought that was a good move. No. 8, that's just a hard golf hole but the wind flipped and all of a sudden it turned from probably the one of the toughest holes to a not-so-tough hole. But then you look back at that little sixth hole and it played over par. So it was a little quirky out there with the wind direction. Mickelson came up to me a couple times and said, "Did the wind blow this hard this morning?" Well, not for six or seven holes. I mean, they had a pretty good ride for six or seven holes. They definitely got a break with the wind today.

Kratzert: Absolutely. And the had fresh greens, softer greens, and the lack of wind and they took advantage of it. Look at K.J. Choi, zippidy do da he goes five for five (birdies), but then I thought I was going to see that with Mickelson, who went boom, boom, boom, three for three. Tiger, 75 today. He hasn't shot under par in a major since the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black in 2002. We keep hearing he's close, close, close. Today it was his putting.

Kratzert: You know, with the way that he played at the Buick Open, I fully anticipated Tiger Woods coming out here and playing some great golf. He had great practice warm-ups ... in fact, I spoke with (Mark) O'Meara -- Hank Haney's caddying for O'Meara this week -- and I spoke with both of them and they said, "How's he doing?" and I said, "Ooh, he's not doing all that great. He's a couple over." I mean, he starts out with a birdie, then makes a double bogey, then he makes a bogey and a bogey and he makes a birdie, right now it's very sketchy. They were like, "Wow, he had such a great warm-up leading in." So, I think everyone's surprised because I really thought he was set to go. Is it starting to become mental now as opposed to his swing?

Kratzert: Well, I don't think it's his swing. I don't think he could hit the ball as well as he did the week of the Buick Open ... I think now with each passing major, I think he's thinking, "I've got to do it," and I think that even though he seems to respond much better under pressure, I just think he's trying too hard. We've got some interesting Ryder Cup angles out here, and we saw a great showing by Jay Haas, who shot 68. John Daly, on the other hand, struggled to an 81. Jerry Kelly threw up a 76. How does that weigh into Hal Sutton's thinking?

Kratzert: I fully anticipated Jay playing well here. He closed well at The International last week. Now, I actually thought this was going to be a good course for JD. That's a lot of pressure -- the Ryder Cup puts a lot of pressure on you. I just think Sutton's got a tough choice. As I look at two players, I look at how well Haas and (Scott) Verplank played today. Now, (Chad) Campbell, this is going to be the fourth major in a row that he's missed the cut. I don't think we could be looking there, and I don't think Hal is looking there. I think Jay Haas is certainly the strongest consideration -- if he gets bumped out of the 10th spot. I mean, obviously, if he maintains his position, he's fine. If he does get bumped, I think he's the strongest contender. I know this -- I would hate to be in Hal's shoes. And I wouldn't be opposed to taking Daly. It's a great golf course for him, Oakland Hills. I think he brings a lot to the table. He's got marvelous touch and I think he would be great in alternate shot. He makes a lot of birdies. Like I said, I would hate to be in Hal's shoes.

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