CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The old golf axiom rings true this week at the PGA Championship: You can't win the tournament on Thursday, but you sure can lose it. Luckily for Jordan Spieth, he birdied two of his last three holes in Round 1 to keep his career Grand Slam hopes alive.
So what's a good game plan for the world No. 2 heading into the second round?
Jordan Spieth is only a few shots off the lead and there are still three days left. He will have to hit a few more greens and make a few more putts to get right back in the mix. I know that sounds basic, but Spieth's game is all about dropping a couple of long putts, which he didn't do Thursday. -- Michael Collins
Spieth has to shoot a round in the 60s. As he said, the lead needs to be cut to less than 5 for him to have a chance. Realistically it might need to be cut more than that, and the key is putting. It was a strange day on the greens with nothing going in. That is unlikely to happen again. -- Bob Harig
Get closer to the lead. If Spieth can improve upon his T-33 position after 36 holes, he'll still have a shot at the career Grand Slam this week. Putting more golfers between himself and the lead will make it nearly impossible for him to win come Sunday at Quail Hollow. -- Kevin Maguire
I'm going to let Spieth answer this question, since he did so following his opening round: "I've got to make up ground. If I'm 5 back at the start of the day, I've got to be less than 5 back after Friday to really feel like I can play the way this golf course needs to be played and still be able to win." He's right. As long as he keeps chipping away at the lead, he'll be in good shape. -- Jason Sobel