by Kevin Stott | Suburban Detroit, Bloomfield Township to be specific, is the location of this years PGA Championship, an event which could be won by nearly anyone with last years defending champion, Tiger Woods, still on the mend.
After the first day of play, two golfers were tied atop the leaderboard at 2-under-par in the 90th PGA Championship. Robert Karlsson (40-1, Station Casinos) of Sweden was in the best position to break that 78-year European winless string in the event after firing a first round 68 on the 7,395-yard par 70 course to end the day tied with Jeey Milkha Singh (Field, 4-1) of India.
Sitting in second place just a stroke back at -1 was a field of four golfers, including Sergio Garcia (15-1), Ken Duke (Field, 4-1), Billy Mayfair (Field, 4-1) and Sean OHair (70-1).
Lee Westwood (35-1), who sat nine strokes off the lead at -7 after the opening day, said that he was a bit surprised a European hadnt won the prestigious tournament in so long.
"Its amazing a European hasnt won in such a long time when you consider the strength of European golf, especially after the last few years," Westwood said. "The likes of Nick Faldo and Seve (Ballesteros) and Woosie (Ian Woosnam), Sam (Torrance) and Bernhard (Langer) and people like that. And Monty (Colin Montgomerie). Monty had a good chance at a couple, and its amazing that none of us have won."
In 2004, the Europeans won the Ryder Cup on this course by an overwhelming score of 18½-9½. On that team were the aforementioned Westwood, Paul Casey (Field, 4-1), Garcia, Montgomerie (125-1), Ian Poulter (40-1) and Padraig Harrington (15-1) who stood at +3 after Thursdays opening round of play.
The final three rounds will be televised with TNT on the air from 1-7 ET (10 a.m. - 4 p.m. PDT) on Friday; on Saturday, TNT will televise the third round from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET (8-11 a.m. PDT) with CBS picking up the coverage from 2 to 7 p.m. (11 a.m. - 4 p.m. PDT); and Sundays final round will air from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. EDT again (8-11 a.m. PDT) with CBS wrapping up the tournament from 2 to 7 p.m. (11 a.m. - 4 p.m. PDT).
Coverage of the tournament on the Internet can be found at www.pga.com.