Danny Lee shoots 64, sits 2nd to Koepka after PGA 1st round

Published 8:19 p.m. ET May 16, 2019

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The back injury made it difficult for Danny Lee to climb out of bed, much less swing a club.

“I never had that kind of injury before,” he said Thursday after shooting a 64 in the opening round of the PGA Championship. “So I was freaking out and was telling my wife, ‘OK, are we going to open up a Korean barbeque restaurant now?'”

“And she’s like, ‘Hell no.'”

Bad news for bulgogi fans.

Good news for golf.

Stronger than ever less than two years after tearing a ligament in his spinal column, Lee was 6 under in the opening round of the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black to finish the day one stroke behind defending champion Brooks Koepka.

“I wasn’t surprised when Brooks shot 7 under this morning. I mean, have you seen him playing U.S. Opens and PGA Championships the last three years?” Lee said with a smile. “I wasn’t surprised at all. But it didn’t change my game plan.”

Once the youngest player to win the U.S. Amateur — breaking Tiger Woods’ record — Lee has one PGA Tour victory, winning a four-man playoff in the 2015 Greenbrier Classic. He was third after the first round of the PGA Championship that…

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