Stone in contention on happy South African hunting ground

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) – Brandon Stone did not mind getting up at 4.45 a.m. for his early tee time at the PGA Championship on Friday, delighted to take advantage of the perfect, early morning conditions at Bellerive.

Aug 9, 2018; Saint Louis, MO, USA; Brandon Stone plays a shot during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Out in the first group of the day from the 10th tee at 6.55 a.m., less than an hour after sunrise, the young South African compiled a tidy two-under-par 68.

He trailed leader Gary Woodland by four strokes on a course that has been a happy hunting ground for South African-born players.

The only two previous majors here were won by Gary Player (1965 U.S. Open) and Nick Price (1992 PGA…

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