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Casey didn’t show up at Oak Hill in perfect health. He was so sick last week at Firestone that he got in only one practice round at Oak Hill on Wednesday.

“Maybe it was the best thing I could have done was to save energy for today, and I did feel fresh,” he said.

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FRASER’S FLIP: Australia’s Marcus Fraser was a combined 23 over for the U.S. Open and British Open this year. He appeared headed for more of the same when he opened the first round of the PGA Championship with two bogeys.

Then Fraser didn’t make another bogey the rest of the way. Five birdies over an 11-hole stretch gave him a 67.

“A bogey, bogey start was pretty standard for the way things are going the last few months,” he said. “Went out there and just gave it everything I got at the time. Been struggling a bit, and everything sort of came together.”

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DIVOTS: The prize money for the PGA Championship is at $8 million for the third straight year. First place is $1,445,000. Everyone who misses the cut gets $2,500. … The last time Scott Piercy played a round at a major, he made two triple bogeys in an 88 to miss the cut at the British Open. He had no such problems Thursday, shooting 67. … Fifty-one-year-old Kohki Idoki, the Senior PGA champion, made four straight birdies starting on the second hole to quickly move to 4 under. But he had four bogeys and a double bogey in his last 10 holes for a 2-over 72. … Bo Van Pelt opened with an 80 and withdrew with a hip injury. … Rob Labritz, the golf director at GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford Hills, N.Y., had the honor of hitting the opening tee shot of the PGA. He was 8 over through six holes and closed with 11 straight pars for a 78.