Rory McIlroy lies nine shots off the lead after carding a four-over-par 74 in the first round of the US PGA Championship at Baltusrol.

The Northern Irishman had three bogeys in his first seven holes in a birdie-free round at the final major of 2016.

American Jimmy Walker leads on five under, one clear of England’s Ross Fisher, Martin Kaymer of Germany and Emiliano Grillo of Argentina.

Defending champion Jason Day and England’s Andrew Johnston carded 70s.

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Johnston, who goes by the nickname ‘Beef’, delighted crowds at The Openearlier in July and the Englishman was again centre of attention in New Jersey, high-fiving spectators on his way to the green after playing a remarkable shot under tree branches but over a scoreboard on the 15th.

His compatriot Andy Sullivan birdied three of his last four holes to finish with a three-under 67.

“I’m buzzing with that start,” said the former supermarket worker, who has finished 12th, sixth and fifth in his last three events.

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